February 5th, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers at Zhejiang University and South China University of Technology in China have created new glass-based composite materials that are really good at absorbing UV radiation.
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 20th, 2015 | by April Gocha, PhD
In addition to the material’s everyday obscurity, glass often isn’t what people think—it’s not the thick and breakable material that most people conjure up when they hear “glass.” Instead, glass is smart. It’s high-tech. And it keeps getting stronger and thinner.
November 4th, 2015 | by Stephanie Liverani
Driven by the mission to develop a more practical, lower-cost solution to infrared vision technology, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are turning to a trendy material: graphene.
November 3rd, 2015 | by April Gocha, PhD
The ICACC'16 conference venue will be teeming with the latest research on advanced ceramics and composites—but there’s plenty more to learn about ceramic and glass materials beyond Daytona Beach.
October 29th, 2015 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia are developing their own über black material, although this one’s not competing for a superlative achievement—their gold nanomaterial can reflect any color of choice with a simple addition of dye.
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 15th, 2015 | by April Gocha, PhD
The Lawrence Livermore National Lab’s National Ignition Facility—“the world’s largest and most energetic laser facility ever built”—contains thousands of rare earth-doped glass slabs that collectively amplify laser pulses into the facility's incredible testing capacity.
September 28th, 2015 | by April Gocha, PhD
A trio of Stanford University researchers has developed a clear and protective cooling coating for solar cells that allows them to shunt away excess heat and improve efficiency.
September 22nd, 2015 | by Stephanie Liverani
The concept of the invisibility cloak is no longer limited to the pages of J.K. Rowling’s fictional masterpieces. Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley are developing this technology for scalable, real-world applications.