World’s tightest atomic knot will help scientists create new super materials

World’s tightest atomic knot will help scientists create new super materials

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Knots haved helped society advance, whether it’s helping us make clothes or kevlar, now the world’s tightest atomic knot might help create a new generation of super materials.   In a feat that breaks one of the most obscure world records in science, a team...

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The US Army wants biodegradable bullets that grow plants

The US Army wants biodegradable bullets that grow plants

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Every year armies around the world use millions of rounds of ammunition during training exercises but these can cause a trail of environmental devastation which takes generations to recover from, the US Army want to create a new legacy.   Not only are bullets a...

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New 3D graphene is as light as air and ten times stronger than steel

New 3D graphene is as light as air and ten times stronger than steel

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Five percent the density of steel and ten times stronger, 3D graphene is the world’s strongest lightweight material.   It’s incredibly strong and has unique electrical, thermal, optical, and chemical properties, and naturally it only exists in 2D but now a team at MIT  have developed...

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Harder than diamond, the meteorite diamond that’s made in a lab

Harder than diamond, the meteorite diamond that’s made in a lab

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Scientists have managed to manufacture Lonsdaleite, an ultra-hard diamond found in meteorites, which could have implications for the mining and construction industries   Ever since Lonsdaleite was discovered inside fragments of the Canyon Diablo meteorite in 1967, the mysterious hexagonal diamond has divided the scientific...

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New heat resistant material shatters records

New heat resistant material shatters records

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we push the boundaries and create new, more powerful nuclear reactors, and faster vehicles, protecting them from thermal harm becomes increasingly important, this breakthrough could mean more powerful reactors and faster hypersonic vehicles   A team of researchers in the UK have discovered that...

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New nanomaterial exploits radiation to create more powerful nuclear reactors

New nanomaterial exploits radiation to create more powerful nuclear reactors

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Todays nuclear reactors are limited by their operating temperatures, this new nanoceramic material could dramatically increase the temperatures they can operate at and increase both their power production and efficiency   An international team of researchers have created a nanoceramic material that not only can...

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This scuba mask concept lets divers swim without tanks

This scuba mask concept lets divers swim without tanks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New nanomaterials that can filter and separate out a wide variety of chemicals, organic materials and particulates have many uses, from filtering pollutants from seawater to filtering bacteria from blood.   South Korean designer Jeabyun Yeon has unveiled his new concept of a scuba mask...

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New spray on polymer makes watermelons, and the Pentagon, indestructible

New spray on polymer makes watermelons, and the Pentagon, indestructible

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As scientists discover, and create new fantastical molecules and polymers, the number of applications that they can be used for increases, Line-X is a wonderful example of what’s possible.   What do pick up truck bed liners, ballistic vests, the Pentagon, a piece of paper...

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Scientists use defects to create a new programmable material

Scientists use defects to create a new programmable material

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Programmable materials are a new class of revolutionary materials that can be manufactured once and then programmed to alter their properties and shape on demand to suit a limitless number of use cases. New research by a team at Purdue University has shown that honeycomb...

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Drones get new eyes in the sky with Echodynes miniature radar

Drones get new eyes in the sky with Echodynes miniature radar

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more and more drones clutter the skies systems that can detect, and avoid other airborne obstacles become more crucial   Echodyne, a US based materials Radar company, want to see a day when radar equipped drones fill the skies and deliver your packages and...

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New heat resistant material breakthrough gives hypersonic flight a boost

New heat resistant material breakthrough gives hypersonic flight a boost

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Materials that don’t react to heat, or cold could make structures safer and solve one of the aerospace industry’s most troublesome issues.   Researchers at the University of Southern California have been trying to make a material that doesn’t respond to heat, and it seems...

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Fabric circuits open a door to smarter clothes

Fabric circuits open a door to smarter clothes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A new development in material science opens the door for the development of more advanced Smart Clothing.   Many of today’s smart clothes, such as those from Adidas, Athos, Nike, Ralf Lauren and Under Armour rely on sensors, such as EMG sensors, woven into the fabric...

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Scientists create breakthrough everything-phobic nanomaterial

Scientists create breakthrough everything-phobic nanomaterial

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Sadly ANU’s new everything-phobic spray won’t keep children clean but everything else is game.   If you have not been able to bag an iPhone 7 or are still looking jealously at your friend’s dunk proof Galaxy, do not worry as scientists have created a...

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Breakthrough lets researchers turn plants into electric circuits and connect them to the grid

Breakthrough lets researchers turn plants into electric circuits and connect them to the grid

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to turn plants into electric circuits could pave the way for a whole variety of biologically inspired electronics.   A team of Swedish botanists and electrical engineers have unveiled a new method for growing and powering conductive wires inside living plants and integrating them with...

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