Plastic made from biomass logs the highest heat resistance on record

Scientists in Japan have produced a plastic with the highest heat resistance ever reported, and done so by using natural materials as the building blocks. This biomass-derived plastic therefore promises not just greater performance in some aspects than… Continue reading Plastic made from biomass logs the highest heat resistance on record

Secrets of super-tough ironclad beetle point to hardier aircraft parts

For engineers pursuing advanced, ultra-tough materials, it can pay to look to the natural world for inspiration, and the diabolical ironclad beetle is not a bad place to start. This critter can survive being run over by a car and scientists have now un… Continue reading Secrets of super-tough ironclad beetle point to hardier aircraft parts

Lessons from barn owl flight could help aircraft handle strong winds

Intrigued by the remarkable ability of birds to remain stable in the face of powerful winds, aerospace engineers in the UK have carried out a study to examine the phenomenon in great detail. By observing a barn owl in flight as it contended with bluste… Continue reading Lessons from barn owl flight could help aircraft handle strong winds

Scientists build first redox flow battery made of all-organic materials

As a storage solution for renewable energy, scientists see great potential in what are known as redox flow batteries, which hold energy in large tanks rather than compact electrode materials. A new design from Sweden’s Linköping University is a decided… Continue reading Scientists build first redox flow battery made of all-organic materials

Anti-poaching motion sensor recognizes when wildlife is on the run

Modern sensors have given conservationists a powerful new tool in the fight against poaching, with the ability to track the whereabouts of endangered animals as they wander through the wild. A new research project at the University of Twente could harn… Continue reading Anti-poaching motion sensor recognizes when wildlife is on the run

Hits of high-intensity light push perovskite solar cells into new terrain

Perovskites have emerged as an exciting material when it comes to next-generation solar cells, but they aren’t without their problems. While they promise great leaps in efficiency, keeping all elements of the cell stable and in working order has proven… Continue reading Hits of high-intensity light push perovskite solar cells into new terrain

Magnetic bandage destroys skin cancer cells with heat

Scientists are exploring all kinds of avenues when it comes to tackling cancer, and one interesting possibility involves using magnetic nanoparticles to heat and destroy its cells. Researchers in India have taken an impressive step forward with this te… Continue reading Magnetic bandage destroys skin cancer cells with heat

NASA and Nokia to build the first 4G network on the Moon

NASA’s plans to return to the Moon involve not just safely landing humans on the surface, but putting in place the infrastructure to support a long-term lunar base. As part of this vision, the agency has selected Nokia to help it build the natural sate… Continue reading NASA and Nokia to build the first 4G network on the Moon

Self-healing weak spots could boost aluminum’s longevity by 25 times

Lightweight and with great resistance to corrosion, aluminum offers very desirable characteristics when it comes to vehicle construction. Where it can run into trouble, however, is the development of weak points via repeated, alternating stress (imagin… Continue reading Self-healing weak spots could boost aluminum’s longevity by 25 times