February 1st, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
Materials science company Lucideon has developed a new strategy that can prevent drug abusers from using dangerous methods to get high—the company’s ceramic pills are much more structurally robust than traditional pharmaceuticals, making them very difficult to crush or to dissolve into alcohol or other solvents.
January 11th, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
A team of researchers from Shanghai Jiaotong University and Tongji University in China and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in Calif. has developed a technique for producing bioglass scaffolds that alone can successfully repair large defects in load-bearing bones.
December 21st, 2015 | by April Gocha, PhD
New research shows that when it comes to anti-icing surfaces, the animal world’s most dapper creatures have a few tricks on their flippers.
December 16th, 2015 | by April Gocha, PhD
Ivy league researchers now show that mollusks called chitons have an interesting feature to adapt to their life under the sea—hundreds of tiny ceramic eyes integrated in and scattered across their strong aragonite shells.
November 17th, 2015 | by Stephanie Liverani
Japanese company Spiber has joined forces with high-performance sportswear outfitter The North Face to create a parka made from genetically engineered spider silk fiber—the first garment of its kind.
October 30th, 2015 | by Stephanie Liverani
Researchers from the University of Akron (Akron, Ohio) and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Blacksburg, Va.) are getting closer to developing next-generation smart adhesives, thanks to clues from a specific type of spider silk.
October 28th, 2015 | by Stephanie Liverani
Smarter alternatives to improving how we augment our eyesight could be in view. A researcher at the University of Leeds in the U.K. is working on a “new eye lens, made from the same material found in smartphone and TV screens, which could restore long-sightedness in older people,” according to a recent University of Leeds article
October 27th, 2015 | by Stephanie Liverani
"Dream big, dream very high—without dreams, little will be achieved.” That’s what Susmita Bose, professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Washington State University and ACerS Fellow, tells her students when it comes to ingenuity and achieving success, according to a recent WSU article.
October 27th, 2015 | by April Gocha, PhD
No matter what your dental problem, science has you covered. Whether it's a better material for fillings, a replacement tooth altogether, or a whole new set of chompers, new research is delving deep into the science of materials for your mouth.
October 21st, 2015 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers at Tufts University (Medord, Mass.) and the University of Sydney (Australia) have developed a novel type of biodegradable scaffold that combines silk and ceramic to help broken bodies jointly rebuild the cartilage and bone that compose joints.