September 29th, 2014 | by Jessica McMathis
Scientists from the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory have previously established that cool roofs are the most cost-effective option for your pocketbook. Now, a group from the lab, working with Chinese researchers, has shown that the use of light-colored roofs in China would “substantially” reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in regions where summer temps soar.
September 19th, 2014 | by Jessica McMathis
Research out of the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC (Würzburg, Germany) shows that the addition of manufactured porous glass to paint or plaster can help your home better regulate the indoor climate—particularly, humidity
September 15th, 2014 | by Jessica McMathis
In the weeks leading up to Materials Science and Technology 2014, we preview four lectures not to miss. First up: Ceramics for Innovation and Sustainability.
September 2nd, 2014 | by Jessica McMathis
A team from Michigan State University has developed a new luminescent solar concentrator that offers greater efficiency with complete transparency.
September 2nd, 2014 | by April Gocha, PhD
A team of researchers at ETH Zürich has tailored a previously designed robot that can walk walls and ceilings—and originally designed to do some fancy filming for Disney—to inspect bridges for corrosion.
August 28th, 2014 | by Jessica McMathis
A new bio-brick installation that marries form with function shows that carbon-friendly construction components can also be award-winning works of art.
August 22nd, 2014 | by Jessica McMathis
Scientists at Singapore’s Future Cities Laboratory say bamboo, a natural—and unnaturally strong—wood, could serve as a concrete reinforcement replacement in places where steel isn’t so plentiful.
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.
July 31st, 2014 | by Jessica McMathis
Though not used widely in the construction industry, shape memory alloys could potentially be used to pre-stress the concrete beams that shore up bridges—and a team from Switzerland’s Empa research lab is hoping to help them live up to that potential.
July 30th, 2014 | by April Gocha, PhD
Other materials stories that may be of interest for July 30, 2014.