Such materials could be used to cool computers and buildings, and harvest waste heat in cars.
A memory-storage element made at IBM Research points to future computing systems built atom by atom.
MIT professor Neri Oxman is developing new design techniques that take advantage of "additive manufacturing."
Vibrant displays head to market, invisibility cloaks become more practical, and batteries store more energy.
A manufacturing method that uses light instead of heat wastes less energy and makes the cells more efficient.
A nanotube coating would allow a plane to absorb a radar beam, making it undetectable.
Materials-coating advance could lead to eyeglasses that shed fingerprints.
Researchers develop a spray that could make cancer cells glow within a minute of application.
Researchers at Stanford make an electrode that can be recharged 40,000 times without losing much capacity.
The approach could boost U.S. lithium production—just as demand is set to soar with increased electric-vehicle usage.