Materials Science

Explore how the use of natural and manmade materials further technology. Read articles on subjects such as nanotechnology, iron steel and reverse osmosis.


We Finally Know Why Ancient Roman Concrete Outlasts Our Own

The ancients were able to devise a mix for concrete that actually gets stronger over time thanks to chemical reactions. If only we could rediscover the recipe...

Human Technology on Earth Weighs a Massive 30 Trillion Tons

New research delves into the impact of our immense technological footprint.

Pee-resistant Paint: Coming to a Train Station Near You

Add Philadelphia to the list of cities testing out paint that repels pee back on the urinater as a deterrent. Good call or unnecessary humiliation?

Cool Off and Save Energy by Wearing This New Plastic Fabric

A new fabric that can block visible light and let out body heat could have more important applications than just new workout clothes, researchers say.

Manure Goes Couture: This Clothing Used to Be Cow Poop

If Jalila Essaidi's company Mestic has anything to do with it, the future of fashion — and basically everything else we use in our daily lives — is poop.

The Possible Uses of This ‘Second Skin’ Are Pretty Amazing

If you give us a tunable polysiloxane-based material, 21st century Americans can’t resist going full-on Kardashian with it.

You Might Be Knitting With Gelatin Soon

Researchers have figured out how to turn agricultural byproducts such as gelatin, keratin and casein into "slaughterhouse yarn."

Scientists Develop Antimicrobial Plastic for 3-D Printing Teeth

Decay-resistant, antimicrobial plastic teeth could be the wave of the future, as dentistry moves into the age of 3-D printing.

How Brazing Works

Welding isn't the only way to make metals, like the ones on your aviator shades, meet up. Brazing can do the trick, too, with a little heat, some filler and some capillary action.

10 Crazy Uses for Completely Frictionless Surfaces

Just imagine the possibilities: a world free of gum walls and full of bartenders speeding drinks along the bar. But that's really just the tip of the (super-slick) iceberg.