Materials science may be the most important technology of the next decade. Here’s why:



Think of just about any major challenge we will face over the next decade and materials are at the center of it. To build a new clean energy future, we need more efficient solar panels, wind turbines and batteries. Manufacturers need new materials to create more advanced products. We also need to replace materials subject to supply disruptions, like rare earth elements.

Traditionally, developing new materials has been a slow, painstaking process. To find the properties they’re looking for, researchers would often have to test hundreds — or even thousands — of materials one by one. That made materials research prohibitively expensive for most industries.

Yet today, we’re in the midst of a materials revolution. Scientists are using powerful simulation techniques, as well as machine learning algorithms, to propel innovation forward at blazing speed and even point them toward possibilities they had never considered. Over the next decade, the rapid advancement in materials science will have a massive impact.

Continue reading… “Materials science may be the most important technology of the next decade. Here’s why:”


Ultrasound-powered nanorobots clear bacteria and toxins from blood


The U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency aims to create a broad-spectrum detoxification robotic platform.

MRSA bacterium captured by a hybrid cell membrane-coated nanorobot (colored scanning electron microscope image and black and white image below) (credit: Esteban-Fernández de Ávila/Science Robotics)

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed tiny ultrasound-powered nanorobots that can swim through blood, removing harmful bacteria and the toxins they produce.

Continue reading… “Ultrasound-powered nanorobots clear bacteria and toxins from blood”


Space-Time Cloak’ to Conceal Events

The beauty of time travel may be here sooner than we think!

The study, by researchers from Imperial College London, involves a new class of materials called metamaterials, which can be artificially engineered to distort light or sound waves. With conventional materials, light typically travels along a straight line, but with metamaterials, scientists can exploit a wealth of additional flexibility to create undetectable blind spots. By deflecting certain parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, an image can be altered or made to look like it has disappeared.

Continue reading… “Space-Time Cloak’ to Conceal Events”


Wiring in National Electrical Grid Systems Improved!

Novel type of magnetic wave discovered!

A team of international researchers led by physicists in the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering has made a significant breakthrough in an effort to understand the phenomenon of high-temperature superconductivity in complex copper oxides.

Continue reading… “Wiring in National Electrical Grid Systems Improved!”


Energy Harvesting: Nanogenerators

Grow strong enough to power small conventional electronic devices

Blinking numbers on a liquid-crystal display (LCD) often indicate that a device’s clock needs resetting. But in the laboratory of Zhong Lin Wang at Georgia Tech, the blinking number on a small LCD signals the success of a five-year effort to power conventional electronic devices with nanoscale generators that harvest mechanical energy from the environment using an array of tiny nanowires. Continue reading… “Energy Harvesting: Nanogenerators”


‘Super-Hero’ Material Stretched Into a Possible Electronics Revolution

Cornell researchers made a thin film of europium titanate

It’s the Clark Kent of oxide compounds, and – on its own – it is pretty boring. But slice europium titanate nanometers thin and physically stretch it, and then it takes on super hero-like properties that could revolutionize electronics, according to new Cornell research.

Continue reading… “‘Super-Hero’ Material Stretched Into a Possible Electronics Revolution”


New Propulsion Method Developed for Metallic Micro And Nano-Objects

Nanotechnology, compared to an uncommonly blue match

A new propulsion method for metallic micro- and nano-objects has been developed by researchers from the Institute of Molecular Sciences

The process is based on the novel concept of bipolar electrochemistry: under the influence of an electric field, one end of a metallic object grows while the other end dissolves.

Continue reading… “New Propulsion Method Developed for Metallic Micro And Nano-Objects”


Power-Generating Windows!(Transparent Conductive Material)

possible with conjugated polymer (PPV) honeycomb technology

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory have fabricated transparent thin films capable of absorbing light and generating electric charge over a relatively large area. The material, described in the journal Chemistry of Materials, could be used to develop transparent solar panels or even windows that absorb solar energy to generate electricity.

Continue reading… “Power-Generating Windows!(Transparent Conductive Material)”


Moving Holograms: From Science Fiction to Reality

3D Tv’s without glasses… Coming soon!

A new type of holographic telepresence allows the projection of a three-dimensional, moving image without the need for special eyewear such as 3D glasses or other auxiliary devices.

Continue reading… “Moving Holograms: From Science Fiction to Reality”


Researchers Hear Puzzling New Physics from Graphene Quartet’s Quantum Harmonies


This artist’s rendition illustrates the electron energy levels in graphene as revealed by a unique NIST instrument.

Using a one-of-a-kind instrument designed and built at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an international team of researchers have “unveiled” a quartet of graphene’s electron states and discovered that electrons in graphene can split up into an unexpected and tantalizing set of energy levels when exposed to extremely low temperatures and extremely high magnetic fields. Published in this week’s issue of Nature, the new research raises several intriguing questions about the fundamental physics of this exciting material and reveals new effects that may make graphene even more powerful than previously expected for practical applications.

Continue reading… “Researchers Hear Puzzling New Physics from Graphene Quartet’s Quantum Harmonies”


Unusual Electrons Go With the Flow


This view provides a look into the heart of a scanning tunneling microscope in the specially designed Princeton Nanoscale Microscopy Laboratory, where highly accurate measurements at the atomic scale are possible because sounds and vibrations, through a multitude of technologies, are kept to a minimum.

On a quest to discover new states of matter, a team of Princeton University scientists has found that electrons on the surface of specific materials act like miniature superheroes, relentlessly dodging the cliff-like obstacles of imperfect microsurfaces, sometimes moving straight through barriers.

Continue reading… “Unusual Electrons Go With the Flow”