Gecko-inspired adhesives can help humans climb and may provide a better grip for robotic arms in factories and in space.
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Katherine Bourzac's Stories
Ferroelectric materials could take computing beyond digital logic.
Nanostructured ceramics could be used to build lighter, stronger airplanes and batteries.
A new kind of low-cost, high efficiency solar cell emerges thanks to crystals known as perovskites.
The electrodes in a cochlear implant can be used to direct gene therapy and regrow neurons.
An exotic form of carbon could help relieve a growing problem with the copper used in computer processors.
Tailor-made medical devices could give a more detailed picture of cardiac health and may be better at predicting and preventing problems.
A new surgical adhesive is strong enough, and elastic enough, to seal a beating heart.
3M’s new silver nanowire films could lead to large, interactive, and ultimately flexible displays.
Prototype batteries that dissolve safely in the body could power ingested devices.