Nickel corrodes in a totally unexpected way

"This finding takes decades of assumptions on metal corrosion and flips them on their head."

Dharmesh Patel-Texas AM | Aug. 14, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology materials-science metals

‘4D printing’ creates world’s smallest stent

A new stent that is 40 times smaller than any produced to date could improve surgery for a life-threatening condition in fetuses.

ETH Zurich | Aug. 8, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine 3d-printing implants materials-science surgery

With a twist, graphene shows new kind of magnetism

"Accidental exploration" helped physicists discover a new kind of magnetism in graphene, one that had been predicted but not yet observed.

Ker Than-Caltech | Aug. 1, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology graphene magnets materials-science physics quantum-computers

‘Protein origami’ forms 2D triangles and squares

Thanks to its toughness, "protein origami" could be useful in drug delivery, sensing, or other applications.

Camden Flath-Futurity | Aug. 1, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology materials-science nanotechnology origami proteins shapes

The best nanotube edges have ‘armchairs’ and ‘zigzags’

An odd, two-faced "Janus" edge is more common than previously thought for carbon nanotubes growing on a rigid catalyst, report researchers.

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

Tags: science-and-technology graphene materials-science nanotechnology shapes

2D materials insight opens door for next-gen devices

A visualization of the electronic structure of semiconductors made with 2D materials may pave the way for quantum computers and better mobile devices.

U. Washington | July 23, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology materials-science mobile-devices physics quantum-computers semiconductors

‘Digital alchemy’ reverse-engineers useful crystals

"In a single day, on a regular computer, we were able to study more different kinds of particles than have been reported in the last decade."

Kate McAlpine-Michigan | July 15, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology crystals materials-science nanotechnology self-assembly

Graphene and germ combo paves way for futuristic tech

Making graphene nanomaterials with bacteria is easier, faster, and cheaper than current methods, and could pave the way for the electronics of the future.

Lindsey Valich-Rochester | July 11, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology bacteria computers graphene materials-science nanotechnology

Plants inspire waterproof ‘nanoflower’ for medical uses

A new way to make a surface 'superhydrophobic' could be useful in medical applications such as blood repellant and devices that clean themselves.

Texas A&M University | July 10, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology biomimicry materials-science nanotechnology water

Cheaper elements can replace rare ones in future electronics

Common elements could bring down the cost of creating optoelectronic materials for our phones, lights, and solar panels.

Morgan Sherburne-Michigan | July 3, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology electricity electronics light materials-science

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