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Essential Science: Introducing the ‘wonder material’ — borophene

Forget graphene, there’s a new ‘super material’ that it getting scientists interested – borophene. The material has properties that are stronger and more flexible than graphene. We take a look at some future possibilities.

New form of self-healing material discovered by scientists

Japanese scientists have discovered a new form of self-healing material. The substance, which is based on ethylene, demonstrates several useful properties such as ‘shape memory’, as well as the ability to self-repair.

Moth fibers inspire air-conditioned fabrics

Researchers have developed a new fabric, described as ‘air conditioned’, by copying the intricate patterns of silk produced from moth larvae. The fabric will be the basis of new, cooler clothing.

Introducing carbyne — A material stronger than graphene

A form of carbon, called carbyne, has successfully been stabilized in the laboratory. The research team behind the feat have declared the material to be stronger than graphene.

TV streaming should be treated like cable operators: U.S. judge

In a landmark ruling for the world of TV broadcasting and streaming, a U.S. judge has ruled that one streaming company could be entitled to a license that would let it transmit the copyrighted content of other broadcasters over the Internet.

iPhone 7 may ditch the plastic antenna strips

A new patent granted to Apple suggests that it may have solved the issue of the plastic antenna strips on the iPhone 6, making the unsightly bands across the metal chassis a thing of the past on the upcoming iPhone 7 while maintaining signal strength.

Five people injured in chlorine leak at Apple data centre

A reported leak of chlorine gas at Apple's data centre in North Carolina has injured five people and led to evacuation by hazardous materials specialists. The cause of the incident is unknown and the workers were taken to hospital.

Google Project Jacquard: Control devices by touching your clothes

Google showed off a unique and innovative new product at its I/O developers conference in San Francisco recently. Called Project Jacquard, this new tech lets people control their devices by touching and swiping pieces of interactive fabric in clothes.

Researchers create a working wooden processor for future PCs

U.S. and Chinese researchers have successfully created a processor made nearly entirely of a material derived from wood. Biodegradable, cheap and fully functional, our phones and computers of the future may be powered by the most basic of materials.

Graphene light bulb headed for shops, cuts energy use by 10%

The first commercially viable consumer product to be built from graphene is to go on sale before the end of the year. The dimmable light bulb will use 10% less energy than other bulbs but will last longer because of graphene's increased conductivity.

Nature’s strongest material ever discovered

Portsmouth - What is the strongest ever naturally occurring material? You’ll probably not thinking of the teeth of a sea snail. Remarkably, this is toughest material yet.

Vantablack: the darkest material ever made

A company has produced a "strange, alien" material so black that it absorbs all but 0.035 per cent of visual light. This has set a new world record.

Scientists find a way to ‘tune’ graphene

Researchers continue to work on the wonder material of the age: graphene. Part of this involves ‘fine tuning’ the material in preparation to make a new generation of ‘superconductors’.

Super-stretchable yarn made from graphene

A simple, scalable method of making strong, stretchable graphene oxide fibers has been developed. The technique allows the material to be easily scrolled into yarns despite its Kevlar-like strength.

Scientists makes graphene breakthrough

Researchers have made a key development in relation to the commercialization of grapheme. Graphene is a unique material ideally suited for electronic devices.

Graphene can now clean up blood

Blood clots on medical devices, the sort used in surgery, can be reduced by using a graphene-based material. The material is light and it can be coated with a blood absorbing chemical.

Wonder substance can treat contaminated water

Contaminated water is a major problem in many parts of the world. To help people to get access to clean water, scientists have invented a porous gel embedded with silver nanoparticles that works like a bacteria-killing sponge.

New Colorado pot measure gives hemp the green light

Denver - On Election Day, Colorado voted to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use. Also legalized was hemp, a material which may benefit the farm industry.

Yahoo Says They’re Not Building A Library

Yahoo! insists that they are not developing anything to compete with Google Book Search.

A Rare Material and a Surprising Weapon

If substantial amounts of polonium 210 were used to poison Alexander V. litvinenko, whoever did it presumably had access to a high-level nuclear labratory and put himself at risk carrying out the assassination
 

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Google s Project Jacquard interactive fabric
Google's Project Jacquard interactive fabric
The Next Web
MIT s Materiable shape-shifting interface
MIT's Materiable shape-shifting interface
MIT
Graphene is an allotrope of carbon in the form of a two-dimensional  atomic-scale  honey-comb lattic...
Graphene is an allotrope of carbon in the form of a two-dimensional, atomic-scale, honey-comb lattice in which one atom forms each vertex.
Courtesy: National Science Foundation
The ridged structure of phosphorene explains the directional electrical performance dependence
The ridged structure of phosphorene explains the directional electrical performance dependence
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South African built Denel NTW anti-material rifle. It is available in 20mm or 14 5mm calibres and is...
South African built Denel NTW anti-material rifle. It is available in 20mm or 14,5mm calibres and is used against bunkers or other hard targets.
Google s Project Jacquard interactive clothing
Google's Project Jacquard interactive clothing
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