Materials Science

  1. polymer painted panel
    Materials Science

    This reflective paint could keep sunbaked buildings cool

    A new type of polymer coating that reflects sunlight to control heat could supplement or replace air conditioning systems.

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  2. robotic skins on a stuffed horse
    Materials Science

    High-tech ‘skins’ turn everyday objects into robots

    Robotic skins turn inanimate objects into multipurpose machines.

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  3. graphene frequency illustration
    Materials Science

    Here’s how graphene could make future electronics superfast

    Graphene-based electronics that operate at terahertz frequencies would be much speedier successors to today’s silicon-based devices.

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  4. illustration of LaH10
    Physics

    A new hydrogen-rich compound may be a record-breaking superconductor

    The record for the highest-temperature superconductor may be toast.

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  5. deicing plane
    Materials Science

    A new material harnesses light to deice surfaces

    A new sun-powered material could someday melt the ice off airplane wings, wind turbines and rooftops.

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  6. snapping spaghetti
    Physics

    Here’s how to bend spaghetti to your will

    Researchers have discovered how to snap spaghetti sticks without sending bits of pasta flying.

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  7. illustrations of molecular knots
    Chemistry

    See the ‘periodic table’ of molecular knots

    A new table of knots points the way to twisting molecules in increasingly complex pretzels.

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  8. desalination plant in Dubai
    Materials Science

    A filter that turns saltwater into freshwater just got an upgrade

    Smoothing out a material used in desalination filters could help combat worldwide water shortages.

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  9. magnet
    Physics

    Strange metals are even weirder than scientists thought

    Some strange metals are odd in more ways than one, and that could help scientists understand high-temperature superconductors.

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  10. electronic spray illustration
    Tech

    A new kind of spray is loaded with microscopic electronic sensors

    For the first time, researchers have built circuits on microscopic chips that can be mixed into an aerosol spray.

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  11. human-made diamond
    Materials Science

    Designer diamonds could one day help build a quantum internet

    A new design in artificial diamonds stores and releases quantum information better than others.

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  12. 3-D printed wireless light-up device on a hand
    Tech

    A new 3-D printer builds temporary electronics on your skin

    A new 3-D printer that tracks and compensates for your slightest twitch can precisely print simple electronic devices onto your skin.

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