3D printing technique puts electronics right into plastic

3D printing high-performance electronic circuits right into plastic could pave the way better drones, medical implants, and more.

Todd Bates-Rutgers | Nov. 12, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology 3d-printing circuits electronics materials-science nanotechnology plastics

$10 ‘intelligent’ material could make MRI faster

A new, cheap-to-produce metamaterial could make MRI scans safer and faster for patients, while also boosting image quality.

Art Jahnke-Boston University | Nov. 7, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine imaging-technology materials-science mri

Unsinkable metal structure mimics spiders and ants

Researchers have created an unsinkable metal structure with inspiration from diving bell spiders and rafts of fire ants.

Bob Marcotte-U. Rochester | Nov. 7, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology biomimicry hydrophobic-materials materials-science metals water

Upgrade makes perovskite solar cells last and last

A new way to produce perovskite solar cells using inorganic ingredients limits their defects and lets them last for months.

Mike Williams-Rice | Nov. 6, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology lead materials-science renewable-energy solar-cells

How the world’s toughest material fends off cracks

Check out this video to see how nacre, the material that coats the insides of mollusk shells, stays so tough in the face of stress.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan | Oct. 25, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology biomimicry materials-science strength

For plane wings, metal foam may beat aluminum

A super sturdy kind of metal foam outperforms aluminum in tests to determine its suitability for the leading edge of airplane wings.

Matt Shipman-NC State | Oct. 21, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology airplanes aluminum foam materials-science metals wings

New method could make bulletproof armor material even tougher

New research could solve a hurdle in the creation of bulletproof vests and make the process more environmentally friendly.

Kevin Stacey-Brown | Oct. 10, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine catalysts materials-science nanotechnology polymers

4D printing makes lattice that turns into a face

A new method for 4D printing, which makes objects that can change shapes based on the environment, could be useful in electronics, smart fabrics, and more.

Boston University | Oct. 8, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology 3d-printing faces materials-science self-assembly

Graphene filter grabs bacteria to kill them with a zap

A new graphene filter grabs bacteria from the air and kills them with a bit of heat from electricity. The advance could help fight drug resistance.

Mike Williams-Rice | Oct. 8, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine bacteria drug-resistance graphene materials-science nanotechnology

Could this nanorod discovery lead to purer meds?

A common protein in nano-bio labs is prone to pushing gold nanorods into right-handed chiral assemblies—while producing chiral plasmonic signals to match.

Mike Williams-Rice | Oct. 1, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology drug-development materials-science nanotechnology proteins

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