September 30th, 2015 | by Stephanie Liverani
Scientists at Bolt Threads in Emeryville, Calif., have been working to develop a scalable way to create synthetic spider silk-like fibers by using genetic engineering. And thanks to $40 million in funding, they're close to delivering a solution.
September 30th, 2015 | by April Gocha, PhD
Scientists at Germany’s Freiberg University of Mining and Technology have figured out that they don’t have to dig up the earth to extract the semiconductor germanium—they can make plants do the work for them.
August 21st, 2015 | by Xin Su
Not all 3-D materials shrink under pressure—some rare ones actually expand, according to researchers at the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
June 22nd, 2015 | by Stephanie Liverani
There’s a library on the 17th floor of a building near Rockefeller Center in New York City—but don't go there looking for your next summer read. Instead, you’ll find things like conductive glass, translucent cement, and aluminum foam. It’s called Material ConneXion, and it's one of the largest subscription-based materials libraries on the globe.
June 16th, 2015 | by April Gocha, PhD
Biolantánidos is pioneering a patent-pending process of extracting rare earths from clay using a tank-leaching process with biodegradable chemicals. And the company is betting big that companies will pay a premium for the ability to offer cutting-edge technology with a clear environmental conscious.
June 15th, 2015 | by Stephanie Liverani
After five years of diligent-but-quiet research, Bolt Threads has made “meaningful progress” on developing synthetic spider silk for commercial use.
June 1st, 2015 | by April Gocha, PhD
Brush up on all your sand knowledge with this great infographic from Mainland Aggregates Ltd., a U.K.-based company that supplies and delivers aggregates and products.
May 26th, 2015 | by April Gocha, PhD
A group of researchers from the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron, Hamburg University of Technology, and Nestle has taken chocolately materials science goodness a step further by studying just how fat bloom forms on the surface of chocolate.
May 7th, 2015 | by Jessica McMathis
The majority of the nation’s federally-funded R&D centers slashed spending in fiscal year 2013 by more than $1 billion over the previous year.
May 5th, 2015 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers at the University of Vigo’s Institute of Biomedical Research of Vigo (Spain) have shown that bioceramics isolated from shark teeth can potentially help regenerate human bone tissue.