Monday January 23rd 2017

Posts Tagged ‘materials science’

How to stop a speeding bullet

How to stop a speeding bullet

A bullet fired into a disk of polyurethane — a type of plastic — may not burst out the other side. In some instances, the bullet will stop in its tracks, frozen by the plastic and sealed inside. How a simple plastic can do this has left researchers scratching their [Read More]

Hot technology

Hot technology

Almost every device that needs energy also wastes energy. Cars get their zip by burning gasoline, but that process heats up the car — and that heat is wasted energy. Computer batteries get hot when they’re in use; so do cell phones and kitchen appliances. All that hot [Read More]

Electronic skin

Electronic skin

  James Bond and his enemies would be interested in the goings-on at the laboratory of John Rogers. So would Batman, the Spy Kids, Darth Vader and their enemies. That’s because Rogers, a materials scientist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, mixes [Read More]

Self-cleaning clothes

Self-cleaning clothes

Cleaning clothes usually requires soap and water to remove stains and smells, and a tumble in the dryer or an afternoon on the clothesline to dry. The time and energy needed to turn a heap of dirty laundry into a pile of clean clothes might make people wish for clothes that [Read More]

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Mussels photo galleries

Mussels photo galleries

Please be sure to view the full-screen version of the gallery using the button on the upper left-hand side. Please be [Read More]

The Endgame of Ruby Knuckles

The Endgame of Ruby Knuckles

This story was first published in Arcadia magazine in 2011.  That Sunday morning, I was not full of the Holy Ghost. I [Read More]

Star Trek technology becomes more science than fiction

Star Trek technology becomes more science than fiction

Fifty years ago, the first episode of Star Trek aired. It started as a quirky science-fiction television show that [Read More]

The Riddle of Bacteria and Cancer

The Riddle of Bacteria and Cancer

The human body teems with bacteria. These micro-organisms live on the skin, in mucus membranes, on the eyes and in the [Read More]

The wild weirdness of topological insulators

The wild weirdness of topological insulators

For more than 200 years, physicists have wanted to understand why electricity flows through some materials and not [Read More]

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