Materials

These fine filaments can funnel light from fluorescent nanoparticles, acting just like a teeny optical fiber.
Shi En Kim, Contributor
Scientists have crushed the quest for room temperature superconductors, but only at ridiculously high pressures.
Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer
Researchers make tiny disks that can propel themselves without external power.
Tom Metcalfe, Contributor
The new approach can separate different metals in electronic waste using only air and high temperatures.
Meredith Fore, Contributor
Electronic display fabrics are now larger and more durable, opening the door to clothing that acts like a computer screen.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
As the mother-of-pearl in the inner layer of the shell forms, initial defects attract and eventually annihilate each other.
Catherine Meyers, Editor
Scientists find that aerogels may make effective, ultralightweight noise barriers.
Catherine Meyers, Editor
The new metal alloy, created using a laser manufacturing technique, possesses properties that rival the legendary material from medieval times.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
A small amount of water bound to the surface of the towel acts like glue to hold the cotton fibers together.
Catherine Meyers, Editor
Combine sand, gelatin and bacteria, let them rest, and watch one brick turn into eight.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Water sticks to the snakes’ backs because of special properties of their scales.
Catherine Meyers, Editor
The lightweight sheets could combine hundreds of vibrating components to create tactile sensations.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor