Topic: Materials Science

October 1, 2013 Everyday Objects Roundup - Discarded compact discs could be used to treat wastewater.
September 4, 2013 Iron Beads from Space - Ancient Egyptians fashioned beads out of iron from meteorites.
August 26, 2013 Metal in Microwaves - If metal isn't supposed to go in microwave ovens, why do some of them have metal racks?
July 26, 2013 Self-Sustaining Buildings - The next generation of green buildings may be self-sufficient.
June 28, 2013 Nanobattery Roundup - Researchers are developing nano-sized batteries to power medical devices and miniature robots.
June 27, 2013 Expanding Under Pressure - Under the right conditions, a material can actually expand and become less dense under pressure.
May 2, 2013 Parasite-Inspired Adhesives - A marine parasite has inspired new surgical adhesives.
March 20, 2013 Anti-Fog Coating - A new anti-fog coating for windshields and eyeglasses also staves off frost.
February 2, 2013 Podcast for 1 February 2013 - LIGHT - Lightning bugs inspire LED design. A new type of light makes others look dim by comparison. And, could lightning be related to migraine headaches?
January 23, 2013 Firefly LEDs - Fireflies are inspiring the design of more efficient LED lights.
January 14, 2013 Neolithic Woodworking - The discovery of ancient wooden wells in Germany reveals that Neolithic woodworking was more sophisticated than previously believed.
January 10, 2013 Detachable Gecko Tails - Gecko tails fall off along pre-determined lines.
December 31, 2012 Fatty Acid Fuels - Modifying the digestive process of bacteria could produce a useful fuel from common fats.
December 28, 2012 Bioengineering Roundup - Tiny microorganisms are playing a big role in chemical manufacturing.
December 19, 2012 New Light - A new light type, called a FIPEL, may outshine most of today's options.
December 12, 2012 Scotch Tape Grabber - Scotch tape may have a new job as a key component of smart gripping materials.
November 9, 2012 Podcast for 9 November 2012 - SURVIVAL - Why female Komodo dragons die young, a whale that sounded like a person, and algae that flee their predators. Also: how the brain's insulation differs between us and chimpanzees, and why that insulation is so important to social development.
October 31, 2012 Seeing Inside Fukushima - Cosmic rays called muons could help detect uranium in damaged Japanese nuclear reactors.
October 26, 2012 Podcast for 26 October 2012 - MEDICAL INNOVATION - Medical implants that just melt away, how cancer research could make the plastics industry less dependent on fossil fuels, and why ultraviolet light is cleaning up hospital rooms. Also: scientists find a surprising new source of re-programmable cells in amniotic fluid. And a new genetic test that could help babies in the neonatal intensive care unit.
October 25, 2012 Medicine Improves Nylon - Cancer research may have just solved a big problem for the nylon industry.
October 22, 2012 Degradable Medical Implants - Researchers are developing temporary electronic implants that can be absorbed by the body.
October 10, 2012 Transparent Soil - A transparent soil substitute may lead to big strides in plant research.
September 25, 2012 Spinach Solar Cell - A protein in spinach packs a punch when it comes to converting solar energy into electricity.
September 12, 2012 Fighting Oil Spills - Food science and conservation biology come together to fight oil spills using a common ingredient in chocolate and peanut butter.
August 8, 2012 Silk Drug Stabilizer - Silk proteins may allow antibiotics and vaccines to be stored without refrigeration.
August 7, 2012 World’s Lightest Material - German scientists have created the world's lightest material, which is also among the darkest.
August 3, 2012 Podcast for 3 August 2012 - INVENTION - More lifelike robots. Headlights that can see past raindrops. And a pair of goggles that could improve your memory. Also, scientists have developed the world's lightest material.
May 31, 2012 Squid & Zebrafish Camouflage - Squid and zebrafish are models for new smart camouflage materials.
April 18, 2012 Self-Healing Plastic - Scientists have developed a plastic that repairs itself when damaged.
April 13, 2012 Podcast for 13 April 2012 - CHEMISTRY & LIFE - What 2-billion-year-old raindrop fossils can tell us about conditions on the early earth. What science is revealing about the artwork of Leonardo da Vinci and Vincent Van Gogh. And a breakthrough in materials science technology yields plastic that can repair itself.
Art Roundup - What caused Leonardo da Vinci’s famous self-portrait to yellow with time, and the genetics behind Vincent Van Gogh’s mutant sunflower paintings.
April 4, 2012 Light Circuits - Researchers are designing faster, smaller circuits that use light instead of electricity.
February 17, 2012 Safer Cookstoves - Cleaner cookstoves could save millions of lives and slow global warming.
February 16, 2012 Silver Ink - A silver ink makes better ultra-thin, printable electronics.
January 27, 2012 Light Roundup - The sunflower’s spirals inspire new solar power plant design.
January 13, 2012 Podcast for 13 January 2012 - SOUNDS & SENSES - Researchers replay some of the first audio recordings ever made. Chimpanzees, like humans, associate certain sounds with certain colors. Can your posture affect how you perceive numbers? Pigeons that learn to count. And spiders with brainy legs.
January 2, 2012 The Oldest Oldies - Some of the first sound recordings ever made are finally being heard again.
December 23, 2011 New Materials Roundup - New fabric coatings could allow clothes to clean and disinfect themselves simply by hanging out in the sun.
December 16, 2011 Solar Energy Roundup - Researchers have created a combination of fool’s gold and silicon that could be used to make inexpensive solar cells.
December 2, 2011 Energy Technology Roundup - Researchers unveil new designs for longer-life batteries.
December 1, 2011 Building With Viruses - Researchers have turned viruses into molecular building blocks.
November 3, 2011 Mirage Cloaking - A new technique creates a “mirage effect” underwater, making objects seemingly vanish.
November 1, 2011 Nanotube Muscles - Improved artificial muscle fibers can twist at high speeds while carrying heavy loads.
October 26, 2011 Anti-Magnets - Scientists have designed a theoretical anti-magnet. If it works in practice, it could have profound effects on both medicine and industry.
October 21, 2011 Aquarium Fish Aggression - Bigger tanks and richer environments reduce aggression in popular pet fish.
October 20, 2011 Woolly Mammoth Blood - A replica of woolly mammoth blood protein may lead to treatments for hypothermia and improvements in surgery.
October 19, 2011 Tooth Regeneration - A new technique can reverse early tooth decay without drilling.
October 18, 2011 Slick Pitcher Plants - The specialized leaves of carnivorous pitcher plants are inspiring the next generation of super-slick materials.
September 8, 2011 Electronic Skin - Engineers have packed medical electronics into a thin, stretchy temporary tattoo.
August 26, 2011 Podcast for 26 August 2011 - FEAR, LIES & SHRINKING BRAINS - Why our brains shrink, but chimps' don't, why computers are better at spotting lies than we are, and an enzyme for fear. Also, medical electronics that resemble tattoos, and how organic chicken farms could be a boon to public health.