We're Only Just Starting To Understand The Miracle Of Hagfish Slime

The incredible properties of hagfish slime have fascinated scientists for decades, but researchers are only just beginning to make sense of this mucilaginous secretion. In doing so, they hope to create superfibers that could one day be used in everything from bullet-proof vests to artificial tendons. » 4/10/14 1:22pm 4/10/14 1:22pm

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

Add this to the ever-growing list of reasons ants are incredible

This video from The New York Times on the physics of fire ants is absolutely captivating. Who knew large numbers of ants could ooze, sludge-like, from a funnel, or spring back, rubber-like, when subjected to compressive forces? » 12/27/13 12:50pm 12/27/13 12:50pm

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 Discover a Substance that Appears Cold When You Heat it Up

The hotter an object gets, the more heat it radiates. Simple, right? It's a fundamental physical principle that makes instruments like infrared goggles possible. But now researchers at Harvard have identified a material that defies this principle by actually appearing colder as it warms up. » 10/28/13 8:45am 10/28/13 8:45am

Newly-Discovered Phenomenon Turns Water Droplets into Energy

This deceptively simple animation reveals a surprising new discovery out of MIT. Researchers say it could lead to more efficient power plants and new techniques for energy-harvesting. » 10/03/13 12:50pm 10/03/13 12:50pm

Mystery particle could revolutionize personal electronics

A strange, newly discovered particle could shrink a laptop computer's hard drive to the size of a peanut and an iPod's drive to the size of a rice grain. » 8/09/13 6:20am 8/09/13 6:20am

This rose is smaller than a strand of hair

Harvard engineers have a devised a technique for designing and producing intricate microscopic models, called "hierarchical microarchitectures," and the tiny sculptures it produces are nothing short of incredible. » 5/22/13 5:00pm 5/22/13 5:00pm

This shirt can go 100 wears without washing and we couldn't care less

Some kids are hawking a new line of button-ups they claim can endure 100 wears (unwashed) and come out looking and smelling like new. So what's the big, scientific secret? » 4/29/13 8:20am 4/29/13 8:20am

This is a picture of the lightest substance on Earth

Scientists have just unveiled the lightest human-made substance on Earth. How light are we talking? Let's put it this way: it's less dense than helium. » 3/28/13 12:07pm 3/28/13 12:07pm

Breakthrough: This electronic implant can dissolve inside your body

The boundary that divides man from machine continues to dissolve — and in more literal ways than you might imagine. Scientists today announced a new class of electronics that can disappear completely, resorbing into its environment after carrying out a designated task. » 9/27/12 11:49am 9/27/12 11:49am

This microscopic 3-D pattern was "painted" using a laser beam

Scientists at the Vienna University of Technology have developed a brand new method for positioning molecules in space with micrometer precision. They call it "3D-photografting," and it uses laser beams to place microscopic chemical structures in the nooks and crannies of a macromolecular meshwork known as hydrogel. » 8/29/12 1:30pm 8/29/12 1:30pm

This is Aerographite, the lightest material ever created

Last November, we told you about a metallic microlattice that was light enough to rest on the seed heads of a dandelion. At the time, it had just supplanted NASA's aerogel as the lightest material on Earth by a mere tenth of a milligram per cubic centimeter (the former has a density of just .9 mg/cm3; the latter an… » 7/13/12 5:30pm 7/13/12 5:30pm

Thomas Edison's car battery is back, and it's better than ever

In 1901, Thomas Edison developed the recharcheable nickel-iron battery, a technology he hoped to see implemented in electric cars. But a slow rate of energy output and slower charging time saw it superseded by lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries in standard and electric cars alike. » 6/28/12 9:10am 6/28/12 9:10am

"Silicene" could be the world's next great wonder-substance

An international team of researchers has successfully created silicene, a hexagonal mesh of silicon atoms which, like graphene, measures just one atom tall. » 4/30/12 7:40am 4/30/12 7:40am

Coming Soon? Nanoparticle-Coated Clothing That Cleans and Deodorizes…

What if washing your favorite T-shirt didn't require any washing whatsoever? Well, guess what. Science says it's possible. Chemical engineers in China say they've developed a cotton fabric that cleans itself — all it needs is a little sunlight. » 12/15/11 8:14am 12/15/11 8:14am