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If you were to pry open your smartphone, you would see an array of electronic chips and components…
A filament fit for space – silk is proven to thrive in outer space temperatures

October 7, 2019

Scientists from the universities of Oxford, Shanghai and Beijing who discovered that natural silks get stronger the colder…
Spider silk is created by adding spider DNA to microbes

September 30, 2019

Researchers studying spiders have produced a synthetic biomaterial that can, in future, be used to make a multitude…
First Hydrogel to Repair Heart Is Safe to Inject in Humans

September 17, 2019

Ventrix, a University of California San Diego spin-off company, has successfully conducted a first-in-human, FDA-approved Phase 1 clinical…
Molecules from conifers and fruit trees could lead to new sustainable polymers

September 9, 2019

We want to go away from inorganic, environmentally unfriendly materials as much as possible. However, the real switch…
Robotic thread is designed to slip through the brain’s blood vessels

September 2, 2019

MIT engineers have developed a magnetically steerable, thread-like robot that can actively glide through narrow, winding pathways, such…
Colour-changing artificial ‘chameleon skin’ powered by nanomachines

August 26, 2019

Researchers have developed artificial ‘chameleon skin’ that changes colour when exposed to light and could be used in…
Printing flattens polymers, improving electrical and optical properties

August 16, 2019

Researchers have found a way to use polymer printing to stretch and flatten twisted molecules so that they…
Flower-shaped biomaterials are made of engineered protein building blocks. Image credit: Nancy Hernandez, William Hansen and Slava Manichev
New technique helps engineer water filters, human tissues

August 2, 2019

Scientists at Rutgers University have developed a technique to turn proteins into never-ending patterns that look like flowers, trees or…
New material could make it easier to remove colon polyps

July 30, 2019

More than 15 million colonoscopies are performed in the United States every year, and in at least 20…
Green light for a new generation of dynamic materials

July 16, 2019

Developing synthetic materials that are as dynamic as those found in nature, with reversibly changing properties and which…
A new way of making complex structures in thin films

July 5, 2019

Self-assembling materials called block copolymers, which are known to form a variety of predictable, regular patterns, can now…
Researchers unveil how soft materials react to deformation at molecular level

June 30, 2019

Before designing the next generation of soft materials, researchers must first understand how they behave during rapidly changing…
The science behind Spider-Man’s superpowers

June 27, 2019

The summer movie season is already in full swing, with “Avengers: Endgame” already earning more than $2.7 billion…
CMU Researchers Create Soft, Flexible Materials with Enhanced Properties

May 30, 2019

A team of polymer chemists and engineers from Carnegie Mellon University have developed a new methodology that can…
Polymers jump through hoops on pathway to sustainable materials

May 29, 2019

Recyclable plastics that contain ring-shaped polymers may be a key to developing sustainable synthetic materials. Despite some promising…
Engineered bacteria could be missing link in energy storage

May 22, 2019

One of the big issues with sustainable energy systems is how to store electricity that’s generated from wind,…
‘Impossible’ nano-sized protein cages made with the help of gold

May 15, 2019

A collaborative effort between the University of Oxford and the Malopolska Centre of Biotechnology, Jagiellonian University in Poland,…
“Nanofiber yarn” makes for stretchy, protective artificial tissue

April 25, 2019

The human body is held together by an intricate cable system of tendons and muscles, engineered by nature…
Working out makes hydrogels perform more like muscle

April 23, 2019

Human skeletal muscles have a unique combination of properties that materials researchers seek for their own creations. They’re…
New 3-D printing approach makes cell-scale lattice structures

March 27, 2019

A new way of making scaffolding for biological cultures could make it possible to grow cells that are…
Researchers diversify drug development options with new metal catalyst

January 10, 2019

A University of Illinois team of researchers led by chemistry professor M. Christina White has developed a new manganese-based catalyst that can…
The peptides in this highly ordered two-dimensional array avoid the expected nucleation barrier by assembling in a row-by-row fashion. Credit: PNNL
Two-dimensional materials skip the energy barrier by growing one row at a time

December 8, 2018

Confirming a century-old prediction could help scientists construct new classes of materials A new collaborative study led by…
Easy to Use 3D Bioprinting Technique Creates Lifelike Tissues From Natural Materials

November 29, 2018

Bioengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a 3D bioprinting technique that works with natural…
Citrate-based biomaterial fuels bone healing with less rejection

November 27, 2018

A material based on a natural product of bones and citrus fruit, called citrate, provides the extra energy…
Inexpensive material offers solution for ocean oil spills

November 5, 2018

A super-absorbent material developed by Penn State scientists could dramatically reduce the environmental impact of oil spills on…
Inside these fibers, droplets are on the move

October 30, 2018

Microfluidics devices are tiny systems with microscopic channels that can be used for chemical or biomedical testing and…
New dental adhesive prevents tooth decay around orthodontic brackets

October 24, 2018

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have produced a new orthodontic bracket bonding adhesive that protects the…
How to mass produce cell-sized robots

October 24, 2018

Tiny robots no bigger than a cell could be mass-produced using a new method developed by researchers at…
With venom more powerful than a rattle snake's, black widow spiders are the most venomous in North America. Researchers Nathan Gianneschi (left) and Greg Holland (right) followed strict safety standards while studying the spiders, which produce uniquely strong webs. Photo credit: SDSU
Mystery of black widow spiders’ steel-strength silk webs could lead to equally strong synthetic materials

October 23, 2018

Researchers at Northwestern University and San Diego State University (SDSU) have better unraveled the complex process of how…
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