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Materials Science 211Ʊ
October 28, 2020

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Raptor-Inspired Drone With Morphing Wing and Tail

Engineers have developed a drone with a feathered wing and tail that give it unprecedented flight ...

Promising Strategies for Durable Perovskite Solar Cells

Perovskite materials are increasingly popular as the active layer in solar cells, but internal forces in these materials cause distortions in their crystal structures, reducing symmetry and ...

Odds Are Good for Unique 2D Compound

Engineers make 2D materials for valleytronics, a platform for information processing and storage that relies on the manipulation of electrons' positions in energetic ...

Mythbusting: Five Common Misperceptions Surrounding the Environmental Impacts of Single-Use Plastics

Stand in the soda pop aisle at the supermarket, surrounded by rows of brightly colored plastic bottles and metal cans, and it's easy to conclude that ...
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Rolling out Next-Gen Nanocars

Researchers continue to advance the science of single-molecule machines with a new lineup of nanocars, in anticipation of the next international Nanocar Race in ...

Future VR Could Employ New Ultrahigh-Res Display

Repurposed solar panel research could be the foundation for a new ultrahigh-resolution microdisplay. The OLED display would feature brighter images with purer colors and more than 10,000 pixels per ...

Collaboration Sparks New Model for Ceramic Conductivity

As insulators, metal oxides - also known as ceramics - may not seem like obvious candidates for electrical conductivity. While electrons zip back and forth in regular metals, their movement in ...

Do the Twist: Making Two-Dimensional Quantum Materials Using Curved Surfaces

Scientists have discovered a way to control the growth of twisting, microscopic spirals of materials just one atom thick. The continuously twisting stacks of two-dimensional materials built by a team ...

Upcycling Polyethylene Plastic Waste Into Valuable Molecules

Researchers develop a one-pot, low temperature catalytic method to turn polyethylene polymers into alkylaromatic ...

Turning Streetwear Into Solar Power Plants

Researchers have developed a material that works like a luminescent solar concentrator and can even be applied to textiles. This opens up numerous possibilities for producing energy directly where it ...

Reviewing Multiferroics for Future, Low-Energy Data Storage

Big data and exponential demands for computations are driving an unsustainable rise in global ICT energy use. A new study reviews the use of the 'multiferroic' material bismuth-ferrite, ...

Cicada-Inspired Waterproof Surfaces Closer to Reality

A multidisciplinary group that studies the physical and chemical properties of insect wings has demonstrated the ability to reproduce the nanostructures that help cicada wings repel water and prevent ...

Finally, a Way to See Molecules 'Wobble'

Researchers have found a way to visualize those molecules in even greater detail, showing their position and orientation in 3D, and even how they wobble and oscillate. This could shed invaluable ...

Hidden States of the COVID-19 Spike Protein

Computer modeling of the COVID-19 virus on supercomputers showed that the spike protein visits an intermediate state before it can dock to the receptor protein on the host cell membrane. This ...

Simple Software Creates Complex Wooden Joints

Wood is considered an attractive construction material for both aesthetic and environmental purposes. Construction of useful wood objects requires complicated structures and ways to connect ...

This White Paint Keeps Surfaces Cooler Than Surroundings, Even Under Direct Sunlight

Scientists have developed a white paint that cools below the temperature of its ambient surroundings even under direct sunlight. Their research demonstrates a radiative cooling technology that could ...

This Beetle Can Survive Getting Run Over by a Car; Engineers Are Figuring out How

Getting run over by a car is not a near-death experience for the diabolical ironclad beetle. How the beetle survives could inspire the development of new materials with the same herculean toughness, ...

Innovation Spins Spider Web Architecture Into 3D Imaging Technology

Innovators are taking cues from nature to develop 3D photodetectors for biomedical imaging. The researchers used some architectural features from spider webs to develop the ...

Kitchen Temperature Supercurrents from Stacked 2D Materials

A 'stack' of 2D materials could allow for supercurrents at ground-breakingly warm temperatures, easily achievable in the household kitchen. An international study opens a new route to ...

A New Material for Separating CO2 from Industrial Waste Gases, Natural Gas, or Biogas

With a new material, the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) can be specifically separated from industrial waste gases, natural gas, or biogas, and thereby made available for recycling. The ...

Highly Selective Membranes

Membranes with microscopic pores are useful for water filtration. The effect of pore size on water filtration is well-understood, as is the role of ions, charged atoms, that interact with the ...

High Levels of Microplastics Released from Infant Feeding Bottles During Formula Prep

New research shows that high levels of microplastics (MPs) are released from infant-feeding bottles (IFBs) during formula preparation. The research also indicates a strong relationship between heat ...

Radiative Cooler That Cools Down Even Under Sunlight

Now that autumn is upon us, there is a large temperature gap between day and night. This is due to the temperature inversion caused by radiative cooling on the Earth's surface. Heat from the sun ...

An Ultrasonic Projector for Medicine

A chip-based technology that modulates intensive sound pressure profiles with high resolution opens up new possibilities for ultrasound ...

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