Researcher devise ‘metallic wood’ that’s stronger than titanium but could float on water

“The reason we call it metallic wood is not just its density, which is about that of wood, but its cellular nature,” says lead author James Pikul.

Smart clothes may be right around the corner, thanks to a new fabrication technique

Smart clothes — not watches — are the future of wearables.

Boiling-acid-proof virus’ outer shell structure could inspire better medication, sturdier buildings

Not bad for such a small thing.

We may face a huge shortage of essential raw materials stiffling green energy if governments don’t step up their game

Mining is dirty work. But more to the point, it’s very slow to set-up.

New engineered spider silk material could lead to better wound stitches

Scientists believe they might have finally untangled the method of creating spider silk-like materials.

Stanford researchers develop the coolest clothes – literally

Stanford engineers have developed cheap, low-cost textiles that can cool your body much more efficiently than existing clothes.

KTH researchers develop transparent wood for use in building and solar panels

Wood, one of the cheapest and most widely used construction materials humanity has ever employed, has just had its range of uses expanded; Researchers at Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology have developed a method of turning wood transparent that’s suitable for mass production.

Nano-enhanced textiles could lead us to a brighter future with no laundry

Tired of laundry day? Pioneering nano research into self-cleaning textiles could soon make cleaning your clothes as easy as hanging them out on a sunny day.

New MIT material can soak up solar heat and release it on demand

A team of researchers from MIT created a material that can make use of solar energy in a novel way, absorbing heat and releasing it later, when needed. The researchers led by MIT Prof. Jeffrey Grossman published their results in the journal Advanced Energy Materials. Heat will inevitably dissipate sooner or later, no matter how you try to store or insulate it.

Self-repairing concrete might build the future

Tomorrow’s bridges, tunnels and other engineering structures might be built with a different type of “smart” concrete: Belgian researchers at the University of Ghent have created a self-repairing type of concrete.

Berkeley scientists create material that changes color when pulled or twisted

It’s awesome when engineers can take inspiration from nature and design something truly spectacular – now, a Berkeley team has managed to create a material that can shift colors as easy as a chameleon’s skin when pulled or twisted. The material could be used for camouflage or for the next generation of display technologies.