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Tunable graphene can aid future electronic devices

Cambridge - Graphene, the material with many useful properties, including strength, transparency and conductivity, can be ‘tuned’ and this new ability has a potential use with next-generation electronic devices.

How close is the new graphene wave?

Graphene is a relatively new material with many interesting properties. However, despite a range of science papers explaining application possibilities, the widespread use of graphene has yet to be realized.

New form of electronic matter discovered

Chicago - The existence of new form of electronic matter has been reported by scientists. This new phase is called called quadrupole topological insulators, previously predicted as part of theoretical physics.

Self-healing fungal concrete developed

A new concept in self-healing fungal derived concrete could provide sustainable solution to crumbling infrastructure, according to new research. The material is low polluting and low cost.

Triboelectrics: a new form of energy harvesting

Triboelectrics is a new area of science and technology, a field that investigates an alternate form of energy harvesting and a type of self-healing material. One potential is to generate a wave energy; another is with self-healing rubber.

Physicists discover new form of matter

Physicists have demonstrated, for the first time, the existence of a new form of matter called excitonium. This material has perplexed scientists since it was first theorized, some 50 years ago.

Digital transformation leads to efficient materials cycles

A new report suggests digital transformation can pave the way for resource-efficient materials cycles. The study looks at the German economy and notes only 14 per cent of the raw materials used in industry are recycled. Digital technology can change this.

Has a new phase of matter been discovered?

Particle physicists have put forward the notion that possibility that some types of glass may exist in a new state of matter at low temperatures.

Essential Science: New material generates low-cost electricity

A new material promises the potential to generate sufficient power to allow cooking pan to produce sufficient energy to charge a cell phone within a few hours. The new material is cheap to manufacture and works by using hot and cold air.

Spider's unique spinning technique inspires tougher materials

The special spinning technique used by a type of venomous spider is the basis for new scientific developments designed to improve materials needed for space travel, according to new research.

Tightest material knot ever is achieved

Manchester - Materials scientists have made the most tightly knotted physical structure ever. This feat could lead to a new generation of advanced materials being manufactured.

Pulsed light technique promises flexible electronics

A new process, using pulsed light, could provide the basis for a new generation of flexible electronic devices. The new technique involves varying the density of the treated conductive material.

Graphene-based aircraft promises new generation of flight

Manchester - The world's first graphene-enhanced aircraft has been produced. The craft, called Prospero, is the first aircraft to incorporate a graphene skinned wing. The craft has recently had its maiden flight.

Your sofa could soon contain skin pigments

Chemists are researching whether the addition of the skin pigment melanin to sofas is of benefit. This is not to alter the color of the material, but to strengthen the material.

German police find 'explosive' materials in Syrian man's flat

Berlin - German police found "highly explosive" materials Saturday in the apartment of a wanted Syrian man who is suspected of preparing a bomb attack.

Moore's Law continues as IBM announces new smaller computer chips

IBM has announced that it has successfully halved the size of the smallest components on today's computer chips to create the fastest processor ever seen using a circuit of the same area. The development continues Moore's infamous law.

Super alloy bounces back to shape, again and again

Materials scientists have created an alloy that pops back into shape even after it has been bent over 10 million times. The alloy has broken all existing records.

Leak reveals LG's leather-clad G4 smartphone in all its colours

A dedicated microsite to the upcoming LG G4 has been uncovered online. On it, the flagship smartphone is pictured in full for the first time and is shown to be something unique and clad in a variety of different colours of leather.

Leak reveals LG's leather-clad G4 smartphone in all its colours

A dedicated microsite to the upcoming LG G4 has been uncovered online. On it, the flagship smartphone is pictured in full for the first time and is shown to be something unique and clad in a variety of different colours of leather.

Using bacterial biofilms to create new materials

A science group believes that bacterial biofilms are a potential new platform for designer nanomaterials. Such materials could clean up polluted rivers, manufacture pharmaceutical products and fabricate new textiles.

New advancement with graphene

Scientists have reported the first experimental observation of ultra-fast charge transfer in grapehene based semiconductors. The recorded charge transfer time was under 50 femtoseconds. This sounds fast, but was does it mean?

Phosphorene is a graphene alternative

Sheets of ultra-thin phosphorus could lead to faster semiconductor electronics, according to a new study. The material presents an alternative to the 'wonder material' graphene.

Graphene will bring faster Internet

London - Researchers from the University of Bath have found a new application for the super-material that could deliver 100 times faster Internet connections.

Tactile tablet screens could spark tangible revolution Special

New microfluidic tactile tablet screens were unveiled at this year's CES. The morphing screen layer from Tactus Technology could be the start of major new innovations in industrial design and computer technology.

How to build the perfect sandcastle?

How to build the perfect sandcastle is a question that many children and adults consider during the summer. The answer to the question, as put forward by scientists, is water.
 

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A molecular Gordian Knot  based on a strand of 192 atoms coiled around a triple loop which crosses i...
A molecular Gordian Knot, based on a strand of 192 atoms coiled around a triple loop which crosses itself eight times. It’s the most complex molecular knot ever created and might usher in a new class of super-strong materials.
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