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How to Simulate Softness

September 2, 2019

What factors affect how human touch perceives softness, like the feel of pressing your fingertip against a marshmallow,…
Deeper understanding of nanobubbles could improve the design of ships’ propellers and cancer treatment

August 1, 2019

Ship propellers are like wheels on a car. They do experience a lot of stress and wear rather…
New surface treatment could improve refrigeration efficiency

May 15, 2019

Unlike water, liquid refrigerants and other fluids that have a low surface tension tend to spread quickly into…
How slippery surfaces allow sticky pastes and gels to slide

April 24, 2019

An MIT research team that has already conquered the problem of getting ketchup out of its bottle has…
A physical model for forming patterns in pollen

February 12, 2019

Physicists have developed a model that describes how patterns form on pollen spores, the first physically rigorous framework…
Tiny brushes may not be as slippery as thought, study finds

August 11, 2018

A type of molecular surface thought to be extremely slippery may not stay that way under all conditions,…
Attacking bacteria with shark skin-inspired surfaces

June 18, 2018

Sharks are often the subject of TV specials or news stories focusing on their attacks on humans. But…
Nanotexturing Creates Bacteria-Killing Spikes on Stainless Steel Surfaces

December 15, 2017

By using an electrochemical etching process on a common stainless steel alloy, researchers have created a nanotextured surface…
Making Glass Invisible: A Nanoscience-Based Disappearing Act

November 6, 2017

By texturing glass surfaces with nanosized features, scientists almost completely eliminated surface reflections—an achievement that could enhance solar…
Sculpting optical microstructures with slight changes in chemistry

April 5, 2017

In 2013, materials scientists at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and…
Water-Repellent Nanotextures Found to Have Excellent Anti-Fogging Abilities

March 4, 2017

Cone-shaped nanotextures could prevent fog condensation on surfaces in humid environments, including for power generation and transportation applications…
Team develops polymer surface with living system-like autonomous unidirectional motion

February 27, 2017

A research group at the University of Tokyo and their collaborators have developed a nanosize surface and interface…
Study Finds Surface Texture of Gallium Nitride Affects Cell Behavior

October 20, 2016

Researchers at North Carolina State University have determined that the surface texture of gallium nitride (GaN) materials can…
In the war against dust, a new tool inspired by geckos

April 28, 2016

Micrometric and sub-micrometric contaminant particles — what most of us call “dust” — can cause big problems for…
Superhydrophobic coating protects without the price

December 10, 2015

A new class of superhydrophobic nanomaterials might simplify the process of protecting surfaces from water. A material made…
Fingerprinting ivory

November 2, 2015

Scientists from King’s College London and University College London have collaborated with imaging and fingerprint experts from the…
Inspired by butterfly wings

October 28, 2015

A technology that was originally developed for computer chips is now being used to shape textures on plastic…
Researchers build, morph chemical patterns on stretchable surfaces

August 24, 2015

With just a slight stretch of the imagination — and some elastic material — UNL researchers have shown…
Surfing a wake of light

July 8, 2015

When a duck paddles across a pond or a supersonic plane flies through the sky, it leaves a…
Research clarifies physics of water repelling surfaces

July 4, 2015

Researchers have gained valuable insights into the behaviour of water on strongly hydrophobic (water repelling) surfaces. Understanding this…
A New Look at Surface Chemistry

June 18, 2015

For the first time in the long and vaunted history of scanning electron microscopy, the unique atomic structure…
Implantable electrode coating good as gold

May 6, 2015

A team of researchers from Lawrence Livermore and UC Davis have found that covering an implantable neural electrode…
A new wrinkle for cell culture

April 24, 2015

Using a technique that introduces tiny wrinkles into sheets of graphene, researchers from Brown University have developed new…
Scientists Fly Kites on Earth to Study Mars

March 17, 2015

Scientists of the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory have taken to kites that they fly above lava…
Researchers Pattern Magnetic Graphene

March 17, 2015

Graphene, an atomically thin sheet of carbon, has been intensively studied for the last decade to reveal exceptional…
New mathematical theory may explain patterns in fingerprints, raisins, and microlenses

February 3, 2015

As a grape slowly dries and shrivels, its surface creases, ultimately taking on the wrinkled form of a…
Self-assembled nanotextures create antireflective surface on silicon solar cells

January 21, 2015

Reducing the amount of sunlight that bounces off the surface of solar cells helps maximize the conversion of…
New Materials Show Potential in Oil-water Separation

December 31, 2014

Porous materials such as sponges, textiles, and metal meshes are good candidates for oil–water separation, due to their…
Interfaces within materials can be patterned as a means of controlling the properties of composites

September 1, 2014

Patterned surfaces are all the rage among researchers seeking to induce surfaces to repel water or adhere to…
Designing better surfaces for energy

August 27, 2014

Solid core material is almost a given for technology. But just because the guts are right doesn’t guarantee…
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