August 20th, 2014 | by April Gocha, PhD
Nature inspires intelligently designed materials—and when it comes to stickiness, gecko toes are the gold standard for the design of better materials. But how does science explain their ability to walk on walls?
August 13th, 2014 | by April Gocha, PhD
Designer and engineer Francesco Pacelli has pioneered a new use for spent coffee grounds—as a component of clay for 3D-printed ceramics.
August 7th, 2014 | by Jessica McMathis
The Energy Department is taking steps toward a more open stream of information from the lab, introducing a new web directory that increases access to any publications or data derived from research funded by the DOE.
August 5th, 2014 | by April Gocha, PhD
Materials’ surfaces are really important because they influence how something interacts with the rest of the world—and big advances in the understanding and fabrication of surfaces mean big advances in how those surfaces can function.
August 1st, 2014 | by April Gocha, PhD
Despite the fact that there have been amazing advances in healthcare in the past several decades, there are still needs to be addressed, still problems to fix, and still places where advanced materials like glass and ceramics can fill important gaps (including some literal gaps).
July 23rd, 2014 | by April Gocha, PhD
Other materials stories that may be of interest for July 23, 2014.
July 9th, 2014 | by Eileen De Guire
Eileen's grandson is likely to have better medical options than his older relatives, and might even avoid the “blessings from the ancestors” altogether, thanks to tremendous advances in the healthcare field.
July 8th, 2014 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers from The Johns Hopkins University and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory have manufactured self-folding, biocompatible, silicon nanostructures—that can capture single live cells in solution.
June 15th, 2014 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers from the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid and Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, in collaboration with Mahou and Createch Co., have pioneered a new bone biomaterial from an unlikely source—beer brewing waste.
June 6th, 2014 | by April Gocha, PhD
Bird advocacy groups estimate that hundreds of millions of birds die every year from bird-on-glass collisions in the U.S. alone, but ceramic frit glass and UV-patterned glass can help birds see the glass to protect them from collisions