With 3-D printing, manufacturers can make existing products more efficiently—and create ones that weren't possible before.
Manufacturing in the United States is in trouble. That's bad news not just for the country's economy but for the future of innovation.
Today's electric cars and wind turbines rely on a few elements that are mined almost entirely in China. Demand for these materials may soon exceed supply. Will this be China's next great economic advantage?
In his lab facing the Pacific Ocean, Daniel Morse is learning new ways to build complex semiconductor devices for cheaper, more efficient solar cells. He has an unlikely teacher: sea sponges.
Nano materials could provide future soldiers with super strength, protection against bioweapons and even a way to communicate covertly.
It's virtual reality, writ small: atom-by-atom simulations of new materials could usher in the nanotech future sooner than anybody imagined.
Nobelist Smalley explains how "carbon nanotubes" will affect everything, from living cells to electrical transmission.
Researchers are building devices one molecule at a time. TR sorts the possible form the preposterous.
Combinatorial chemestry has revolutionized drug developmnet. A handful of startup companies are betting it can do the same in the search for new materials