May 5th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
Airlines may soon be "going green." Researchers at Technion Israel Institute of Technology have patented an eco-friendly process to produce hydrogen on demand and in air, offering up new potential for fuel cell-powered aircraft.
April 14th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers at Northwestern University have devised a technique to 3-D print soft rubber-like materials out of ink composed primarily of extraterrestrial soil. Using a biologically derived binder to hold the soil particles together, the team demonstrated that their unique method can 3-D print tools, building blocks, and other structures.
April 11th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers at the Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid in Spain have developed a new zirconium dioxide–tantalum ceramic–metal composite, or biocermet, with an unprecedented combination of high toughness, strength, damage tolerance, and fatigue resistance.
March 14th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
Berkeley Lab and NASA researchers are modeling details of how materials respond to atmospheric entry conditions to help develop new materials, including materials for better spacecraft heatshields.
March 10th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
It’s official—the Women of NASA LEGO Ideas concept set that debuted last year has gained enough fan support and passed LEGO board scrutiny to become an official LEGO set.
February 28th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
What if—instead of redesigning individual materials to make them stronger, lighter, cheaper, and greener—we could rethink a single processing method to improve various different materials? Such a reality may be closer than you think.
February 1st, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
Additive manufacturing company Stratasys and unmanned aerial vehicle systems manufacturing specialist Aurora Flight Sciences have teamed to fabricate something light, fast, and revolutionary—the first jet-powered, 3-D printed drone aircraft.
January 13th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers at Imperial College London have discovered that hafnium carbide and tantalum carbide have some of the highest melting points of any measured materials—making these ultra-high temperature ceramics potentially perfect for use in extreme environments, such as on hypersonic vehicles that soar through space.
November 15th, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers at Lehigh University report that in addition to gallium nitride’s checklist of other useful properties, the material has a wear rate that approaches that of diamonds—which could open the material’s foray into even more diverse applications.
October 21st, 2016 | by Stephanie Liverani
Materials Science and Technology 2016 kicks off Sunday in Salt Lake City, Utah. And because we’re a group of science-and-tech-minded individuals, I’ve compiled a list of a few scientific attractions to catch in between MS&T activities next week.