materials science
Sonic Experiment
Sonic Experiment
Jef Akst | Jan 29, 2015
An artist takes advantage of muscle-mimicking polymers to manipulate sounds.
Dermatologically Derived
Dermatologically Derived
Jef Akst | Apr 1, 2014
Inspired by turkey skin, researchers devise a bacteriophage-based sensor whose color changes upon binding specific molecules.
Next Generation: Bactericidal Surface
Next Generation: Bactericidal Surface
Jef Akst | Nov 26, 2013
A synthetic material covered in nano-spikes resembling those found on insect wings is an effective killer of diverse microbes.
Snapshots of Shifting Bonds
Snapshots of Shifting Bonds
Dan Cossins | Jun 3, 2013
Researchers use atomic force microscopy to produce stunning images of a molecule reconfiguring its atomic bonds.
 
DNA Is a Flame Retardant
DNA Is a Flame Retardant
Kate Yandell | Mar 13, 2013
Cotton cloth coated with DNA from herring sperm does not burn.
Spider-Man Science
Spider-Man Science
Dan Cossins | Feb 27, 2013
A team of physics students in the U.K. have worked out that spider silk could be strong and tough enough to stop a moving train.
DNA Bricks
DNA Bricks
Ruth Williams | Nov 29, 2012
Researchers design and build nanoscale structures out of Lego-like DNA bricks.