Spider silk could be used as robotic muscle
Spider silk, already known as one of the strongest materials for its weight, turns out to have another unusual property that might lead to new kinds of artificial muscles or robotic actuators, researchers have found.
3D printed tires and shoes that self-repair
Instead of throwing away your broken boots or cracked toys, why not let them fix themselves? Researchers have developed 3D-printed rubber materials that can do just that.
Biodegradable sensor monitors pressure in the body then disappears
Engineers have created a biodegradable pressure sensor that could help doctors monitor chronic lung disease, swelling of the brain, and other medical conditions before dissolving harmlessly in a patient's body.
One vaccine injection could carry many doses
Engineers have invented a new 3-D fabrication method that can generate a novel type of drug-carrying particle that could allow multiple doses of a drug or vaccine to be delivered over an extended time period with just one injection.
Synthesizing pure graphene, a miracle material
Formed deep within the earth, stronger than steel, and thinner than a human hair. These comparisons aren't describing a new super hero. They're describing graphene, a substance that some experts have called "the most amazing and versatile" known to mankind.
Battery-free implantable medical device powered by human body
Researchers have designed a new biofriendly energy storage system called a biological supercapacitor, which operates using charged particles, or ions, from fluids in the human body.
Toyota uses artificial intelligence to hunt for new materials
$35 Million to Accelerate Materials Science Discovery. Projects will apply artificial intelligence and machine learning to speed development of materials for next-generation energy.
NextFlex America's flexible hybrid electronics manufacturing institute
NextFlex, America's Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Institute, has officially welcomed its founding members.
New nanotech fiber: robust handling, shocking performance
Rice University's latest nanotechnology breakthrough was more than 10 years in the making, but it still came with a shock.
Nanoscale antennas boost solar energy harvesting
A novel fabrication technique developed could provide the breakthrough technology scientists have been looking for to vastly improve today's solar energy systems.
Tubular films show promise for touchscreens
A Rice University team has hit upon a method to produce nearly transparent films of electrically conductive carbon nanotubes, a goal sought by researchers around the world.
Nextreme names John Goehrke as CEO
Nextreme Thermal Solutions has announced that John Goehrke has joined the company as Chief Executive Officer.
Solar powered implanted glucose monitor for diabetics
Biorasis has developed a state-of-the-art implantable sensor that could replace the use of conventional finger-prick monitors for diabetics. The implantable sensor, which is rice grain-sized, is called Glucowizzard and could be injected into a patient's wrist to continuously monitor glucose levels for approximately a year. The Glucowizzard is solar powered.