Wanted: the right wall material for ITER
ASDEX Upgrade at Max Planck Institute of Plasma Physics (IPP) in Garching, Germany, recently became the world's first and only device allowing experiments with a wall completely clad with metal, viz. tungsten. ...
Mystery behind the strongest creature in the world
The strongest creature in the world, the Hercules Beetle, has a colour-changing trick that scientists have long sought to understand. Research published today, Tuesday, 11 March, in the New Journal of Physics, details an inv ...
Quick jolt of energy could improve energy harvesting by a factor of 40
New form of superhard carbon observed
An amorphous diamond one that lacks the crystalline structure of diamond, but is every bit as hard has been created by a Stanford-led team of researchers.
'Superstructured' solar cells achieve record efficiency of 10.9%
Novel organic metal hybrids that will revolutionize materials science and chemical engineering
A novel class of hybrid materials made from metals and organic compounds is changing the face of solid state chemistry and materials science just 10 years after its discovery, with applications already in safe storage of ...
Surprising turns in magnetic thin films could lead to better data storage
A magnetic phenomenon newly discovered by MIT researchers could lead to much faster, denser and more energy-efficient chips for memory and computation.
Study looks at blue light-emitting diodes
Japanese scientists have proposed a solution to the puzzle of why blue light-emitting diodes are so bright.
Pair claim they have turned hydrogen to metal
How crystal becomes a conductor
Squeeze a crystal of manganese oxide hard enough, and it changes from an electrical insulator to a conductive metal. In a report published online this week by the journal Nature Materials, researchers use computational modeli ...
'Darker-than-black' metamaterial could lead to more efficient solar cells
Researchers build 3-D structures out of liquid metal
(Phys.org) —Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed three-dimensional (3-D) printing technology and techniques to create free-standing structures made of liquid metal at room temperature.
Inverse Woodpile Structure Has Extremely Large Photonic Band Gap
As many homeowners know, when stacking firewood, pieces should be placed close enough to permit passage of a mouse, but not of a cat chasing the mouse.
'Impossible' conductivity explained
(PhysOrg.com) -- Bring two materials that are not themselves conductive into contact and, exactly at their interface, something remarkable happens: at that precise point, conduction is possible.