Shrinky Dinks close the gap for nanowires
(Phys.org) —How do you put a puzzle together when the pieces are too tiny to pick up? Shrink the distance between them.
Regenerating plastic grows back after damage (w/ video)
(Phys.org) —Looking at a smooth sheet of plastic in one University of Illinois laboratory, no one would guess that an impact had recently blasted a hole through it.
3D pen-in-air aims for professional heights
Better thermal-imaging lens from waste sulfur
Sulfur left over from refining fossil fuels can be transformed into cheap, lightweight, plastic lenses for infrared devices, including night-vision goggles, a University of Arizona-led international team ...
Container rethink: Ooho team cooks up water holder
Team builds implantable piezoelectric nanoribbon devices strong enough to power pacemaker (w/ Video)
Concerned researchers project global solid waste to peak at 11 million tons per day in 2100
The walls have ears: Princeton researchers develop walls that can listen, and talk
(Phys.org) —Using a modern twist on a technology developed in the 1920s, researchers at Princeton University have embedded ultrathin radios directly on plastic sheets, which can be applied to walls and ...
Disorder can improve the performance of plastic solar cells
Scientists have spent decades trying to build flexible plastic solar cells efficient enough to compete with conventional cells made of silicon. To boost performance, research groups have tried creating new ...
Researchers discover simple coating technique using tannic acid and iron
Multiview 3-D photography made simple
Computational photography is the use of clever light-gathering tricks and sophisticated algorithms to extract more information from the visual environment than traditional cameras can.
The secret lives of bubbles: Mathematicians describe evolution, dissolution of clusters of bubbles (w/ video)
Bubble baths and soapy dishwater, the refreshing head on a beer and the luscious froth on a cappuccino. All are foams, beautiful yet ephemeral as the bubbles pop one by one.
Do-it-yourself invisibility with 3-D printing
Seven years ago, Duke University engineers demonstrated the first working invisibility cloak in complex laboratory experiments. Now it appears creating a simple cloak has become a lot simpler.
Leading scientists express rising concern about 'microplastics' in the ocean
Microplastics – microscopic particles of plastic debris – are of increasing concern because of their widespread presence in the oceans and the potential physical and toxicological risks they pose to organisms.