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New metamaterial is proved to be the world's first to achieve the performance predicted by theoretical bounds

In 2015 UC Santa Barbara mechanical engineer and materials scientist Jonathan Berger developed an idea that could change the way people think about high-performance structural materials. Two years later, his concept is paying research dividends.

Physicists have found a metal that conducts electricity but not heat

Researchers have identified a metal that conducts electricity without conducting heat - an incredibly useful property that defies our current understanding of how conductors work.

Hydrogen turned into a metal for the first time. Technology and spaceflight might never be the same

By subjecting molecular hydrogen, a gas, to ungodly pressures higher than those found at the Earth’s core, Harvard researchers have accomplished the impossible: they’ve turned the lightest element into a metal. This is now the rarest and possibly the most expensive material on the planet. This may soon change as metal hydrogen moves from the stuff of alchemy to a critical resource in mankind’s quest of becoming an interstellar species.


Four new elements to be added to periodic table

Officials from the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) have confirmed the discovery of elements 113, 115, 117, and 118, announcing that there is now enough evidence to give them permanent places on the periodic table, which means they’ll also need new, official names.

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A Russian-American team at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in...

Carbon Nanofoam – The World’s Lightest Material

A new material has been developed at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa physics department. The new material is incredibly light and it has been created from carbon with nanoscale pores and extremely low density. This carbon nanofoam is among the lightest materials ever produced, it may even be in the running for the world’s lightest human created material.

Researcher receives patent for ultra-fast surface hardening technology

The metal components that make up industrial machines are subject to tremendous wear and tear. But a newly patented technology by Distinguished Fellow Ali Erdemir and his team at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory could greatly extend the lifetime of mechanical parts.

To protect machinery and increase longevity, several methods...

Nicotine Destroying Drug Candidate Discovered | Science and Enterprise

Biochemists at Scripps Research Institute reported on an enzyme derived from naturally-occurring bacteria that shows in lab tests can remove nicotine in the blood, with potential as a drug to help smokers quit. The Scripps team tested the enzyme NicA2, derived from Pseudomonas putida, as a way to break down and destroy nicotine in the bloodstream before it reaches the brains of people who smoke, thus blocking its addictive mechanism and helping people break the habit.

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