Something funky happens to metal melting point under pressure

The melting point of metals usually goes up under pressure, but it may actually go down with about 300,000 times the pressure of Earth's atmosphere.

Kevin Stacey-Brown | Dec. 9, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology melting metals pressure quantum-physics temperature

Cadmium, gene combo can speed up cognitive decline

Exposure to cadmium could speed up cognitive impairment, but it's even worse for people with a gene key to Alzheimer's disease.

Ashlie Chandler-Washington | Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine alzheimers-disease brains cognition heavy-metals toxins

New material offers lots of perks to soft robots

Soft robots and prosthetics could benefit from a new material that's conductive, lightweight, and heat-tolerant. Learn more in the video.

National University of Singapore | Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology materials-science metals prostheses robots

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

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

Unstable packages could deliver drugs that don’t dissolve right

Unstable metal organic frameworks could help deliver drugs that don't dissolve correctly, or at all, inside the body, researchers report.

Morgan Sherburne-Michigan | Oct. 7, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine drug-delivery metals

Cancer killer in iridium attacks tumor power sources

The new technique uses light to activate a compound in iridium to kill cancer cells, even when they've got an advantageous lack of oxygen.

Peter Thorley-Warwick | Sept. 26, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine cancer iridium metals oxygen

Theory: Odd metallic asteroid spewed molten iron

The density of the metallic asteroid Psyche has mystified scientists, but a new theory points to molton iron as an explanation.

Emil Venere-Purdue | Sept. 17, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology asteroids iron metals space volcanoes

Microwave-size harvester gets water from desert air

A new water harvester can get pure drinking water from the air, even in some of the driest desert environments on the planet.

Robert Sanders-UC Berkeley | Sept. 4, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology batteries metals renewable-energy water

Cheaper, tougher catalytic converters may be in sight

A better understanding of how catalytic converters break down could help pave the way for better versions that last longer and cost less to fix.

Andrew Myers-Stanford | Aug. 19, 2019 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology cars catalysts metals

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