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

Water and ultra-thin metal generate electricity

"It's exciting to think about... coating the outside of building windows with metal nanolayers to obtain energy when it rains."

Megan Fellman-Northwestern | Aug. 1, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology electricity metals nanotechnology water

New tech prints flexible electronics on odd surfaces

A new way to print conductive metal onto all sorts of surfaces such as gelatin and rose petals could lead to new kinds of flexible electronics.

Mike Krapfl-Iowa State | July 29, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology electronics liquids metals

To clean up heavy metals, give soil a chemical ‘bath’

There's a new way to clean up the heavy metals in contaminated soil.

Tom Abate-Stanford | June 10, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment lead metals pollution soil

Star crash likely gave Earth some gold and platinum

Astrophysicists have identified an event 4.6 billion years ago as the likely source of some of the most coveted matter on Earth.

Gigi Marino-Florida | May 2, 2019 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology early-earth gold metals solar-system stars

Sensor lights up when it finds rare-earth metals for electronics

A new protein-based sensor could help track down the rare-earth metals that are vital for your phone.

Gail McCormick-Penn State | April 24, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology electronics metals proteins

Solvent offers ‘blue-green’ way to recycle batteries

A new solvent may mean fewer lithium-ion batteries left over from phones, electric vehicles, and other electronic devices will end up in landfills.

Mike Williams-Rice | April 2, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured batteries metals recycling sustainability

When liquid metal turns to plasma, the physics get weird

Heating liquid metal turned it into a plasma, but the strangest bit is what happened to its physics.

Lindsey Valich-Rochester | March 10, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology liquids metals physics plasma quantum-physics temperature

Bacterial protein can hunt smartphone materials

A bacterial protein's affinity for the rare-earth metals used in smartphones could make it a great way to detect and collect the materials.

Gail McCormick-Penn State | Dec. 20, 2018 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology bacteria electronics metals mobile-devices proteins

‘Twin’ power produces stronger, harder metals

Varying the spacing between nanotwin boundaries at the atomic level produces dramatic improvements in a metal's strength.

Kevin Stacey-Brown | Nov. 13, 2018 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology materials-science metals nanotechnology

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