New Paper Explains How To Make Supermaterial Graphene In A Blender

Supermaterial graphene is among the world's strongest, thinnest, and most flexible substances, and, according to a newly published scientific paper, it can now be made using a standard kitchen blender. » 4/21/14 8:20am Monday 8:20am

How Reckless Golfing Almost Burned This City to the Ground

In August of 2010, a fire that burned 12 acres in Irvine, California was allegedly started by a golfer. His ball had strayed off the green and into the rough, and something dangerous happened when he hit the ball off some rocks. After a scientific investigation, we know what lit the fire. » 3/25/14 9:00am 3/25/14 9:00am

Two Technologies that Los Angeles Needs for the Coming Rise in Quakes

In the wake of yesterday's 4.4 earthquake in the Los Angeles area, some seismologists are suggesting that this could be the first of many quakes in the region. As the city looks to a shaky future, there are two cutting-edge technologies that might keep their buildings, bridges and transit systems from crumbling. » 3/18/14 12:14pm 3/18/14 12:14pm

New "bionic plants" could replace street lights and cell towers

Researchers at MIT have boosted the photosynthetic power of plants by a factor of three after injecting them with specialized nanoparticles. In the future, these biologically uplifted plants could be converted into energy factories and environmental sensors. » 3/17/14 11:20am 3/17/14 11:20am

Get excited – spider silk finally looks ready for commercialization

Materials scientists have been eyeing spider silk as a potential supermaterial for years, but the stuff is notoriously difficult to produce in quantities. Now, recent breakthroughs in the production of synthetic spider silk could see this remarkable substance commercialized, and publicly available, sooner than… » 3/09/14 9:25am 3/09/14 9:25am

Scientists just created some of the most powerful muscles in existence

In a surprising breakthrough for the world of materials science, researchers have created some of the most powerful artificial muscles we've ever seen. And they did it with simple fishing line. These freakishly strong and cheap muscles could revolutionize robotics, and perhaps one day our own bodies. » 2/20/14 2:12pm 2/20/14 2:12pm

Watch people walk, run and dance on a liquid that thinks it's a solid

Non-Newtonian fluids are seriously strange — a mixture that takes on properties of both a fluid and a solid. Watch as people perform a number of physics-defying tricks on a 2,100 galloon pool of "oobleck." » 1/09/14 6:45am 1/09/14 6:45am

Scientists invent the perfect coffee mug

Scientists love coffee. More than anyone else, by some surveys. So in a way, it makes perfect sense that they would be responsible for what could be the greatest coffee-related invention since coffee-alcohol: a mug that keeps coffee hot – but not too hot – for hours on end. » 12/17/13 2:40pm 12/17/13 2:40pm

Scientists have created remote controlled cyborg sperm

Looking to take advantage of sperm's awesome swimming ability, researchers have cyborg-ized bull semen by positioning them inside tiny metal cylinders that can be steered with magnets. This means we now have a way to control a cell's direction inside the body — a breakthrough that could lead to efficient microscopic… » 12/13/13 2:40pm 12/13/13 2:40pm

A bioengineered patch that regrows damaged bones inside the body

Researchers from the University of Iowa have developed a remarkable new procedure for regenerating missing or damaged bone. It's called a "bio patch" — and it works by sending bone-producing instructions directly into cells using microscopic particles embedded with DNA. » 11/07/13 3:20pm 11/07/13 3:20pm