Materials Science

  1. Materials Science

    X Rays to Go: Carbon nanotubes could shrink machines

    A new type of X-ray machine operates at room temperature by producing X-ray-generating electrons with carbon nanotubes instead of traditional heated metal filaments.

  2. Materials Science

    Spring in your step? The forces in cartilage

    Researchers are uncovering the role of molecular forces in cartilage's ability to resist compression.

  3. Materials Science

    Wiregate: Metallic picket fence flips magnetic bits

    Rather than relegate magnetic fields to the usual backup role of data storage for computers, a new microcircuit exploits those fields for computation, possibly leading to cheaper, lower-power chips than traditional electronic ones.

  4. Materials Science

    Tiny gems on steps find future in films

    The discovery of diamond-crystal seeds on steps in silicon may lead to long-sought, large wafers of pure, single-crystal diamond for electronics and other uses.

  5. Materials Science

    Impurity clouds from all sides now

    For the first time, scientists have obtained detailed, three-dimensional images of line defects in steel.

  6. Materials Science

    Small-scale glues stick to surfaces

    Tailored molecular glues can connect together tiny particles for nanotechnology applications.

  7. Materials Science

    Beyond Jell-O: New ideas gel in the lab

    Researchers have created a new class of hydrogels that might prove useful in tissue engineering, drug delivery, and other biomedical applications.

  8. Materials Science

    Self-Sutures: New material knots up on its own

    Researchers have used a new biodegradable material to make surgical sutures that knot and tighten themselves as they warm to body temperature.

  9. Materials Science

    Membrane Mastery: Nanosize silica speeds up sieve

    A novel modification to polymer membranes gives researchers a means to tune certain filters so they separate molecules more quickly and more selectively.

  10. Materials Science

    Steely Glaze: Layered electrolytes control corrosion

    Experiments with ultrathin organic coatings applied to steel suggest a new technique for slowing corrosion.

  11. Materials Science

    A Field of Diminutive Daisies

    Researchers have created tiny daisies as a demonstration of a new technique that creates three-dimensional structures from carbon nanotubes.

  12. Materials Science

    Osmium is Forever: Rare metal’s strength humbles mighty diamond’s

    A new route to materials harder than diamond may have opened with the surprising finding that the rare metal osmium resists compression better than diamond does.