Try pulling apart two interleaved phone books and you'll inevitably be defeated by huge frictional forces. Just how these forces arise has been a long-standing mystery... until now.
Smash carbon footballs into a surface at supersonic speeds and they unzip to form graphene, according to materials scientists, who say the technique could revolutionize the use of this wonder material.
Fabrics that are transparent in the infrared can radiate body heat at rates that will significantly reduce the burden on power-hungry air-conditioning systems.
Seeing people on the other side of metal walls has never been possible despite the array of high-tech sensors that can peer through other materials. That looks set to change.
Nobody mentions the big problem with 3-D printing: how to do it in color. Now they won’t have to, thanks to a new technique.
Spiders sprayed with water containing carbon nanotubes and graphene flakes have produced the toughest fibers ever measured, say materials scientists.
Military Scientists Solve the Mystery of the Foul-Smelling Gas That Enveloped Norway, Sweden, and Finland
When Scandanavia woke up to the strong smell of rotten eggs one day last year, the locals wondered who or what had been responsible. Now military scientists have solved the mystery.
One way to combat climate change could be to release synthetic organisms that sequester carbon. How this can be done safely is a question bioengineers are now beginning to address.
Physicists have overlooked an obvious place to search for shell-like structures constructed around stars by advanced civilizations to capture their energy.
A simple way to pick up and place diamond nanosheets finally makes it possible to test this wonder material in a wide range of devices, say materials scientists.