May 12th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
Electroplating may soon be the newest process to manufacture lithium-ion batteries. Researchers have devised a method to eliminate inactive materials in lithium cathodes, resulting in batteries that are 30% more powerful and less expensive.
May 11th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
Prince Rupert’s drops are strong—but are they strong enough to survive being shot with a high-speed bullet at point-blank range? YouTube channel SmarterEveryDay recently posted a series of videos exploring the limits of strength of Prince Rupert’s drops in the face of some serious ammunition spewed from progressively bigger guns.
May 2nd, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
In the March 2017 issue of the International Journal of Applied Glass Science, the second part of a two-part special issue series, Marv Bolt wrote a fascinating opening article all about glass’s role as the eye of science.
April 14th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
A Rutgers University research team has created a powerful and more efficient way to cool those tiny chips in computer devices using a combination of graphene and boron nitride.
April 5th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
Physicists have their work cut out for them as they attempt to narrow the "chasm of ignorance" between quantum physics and the theory of relativity. Dominic Walliman breaks it down to the simplest terms in his "Map of Physics" video.
April 4th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
The United States is becoming vulnerable to China's dominance of rare-earth materials. The Critical Materials Institute, with a grant from the DOE, works to reduce U.S. dependence on China for rare earths.
March 31st, 2017 | by Faye Oney
High school student Indigo Acosta's experiment with graphene exfoliation earned him first place and best in show in the senior division of materials science at the Northeastern New Mexico Regional Science Fair.
March 28th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
Bill Roberston, better known as Dr. Skateboard, catalyzes STEM learning through a unique pairing of his passions—skateboarding and teaching.
March 21st, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
New research reveals that tardigrades encode a specific set of proteins that allow the animals’ insides to undergo vitrification, using glassy materials to prevent cellular damage that would otherwise occur when the animals desiccate.
February 24th, 2017 | by Eileen De Guire
MIT professor emerita Millie Dresselhaus died Monday, February 21. She understood her unique situation as a woman scientist and worked to make her extraordinary story one that could become ordinary for young women.