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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.

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Can a swimsuit make you swim faster?

Wouldn't it be cool to blow past that swimmer in the next lane who always leaves you eating her watery dust? Could a bathing suit help you do it?


How Welding Works

Welding is what makes bridges, skyscrapers and automobiles possible. Learn about the science behind welding. See more »

Can a swimsuit make you swim faster?

A swimsuit alone can't make you swim faster, but it can smooth your body and cut drag. Read about the swimsuit some think will make you swim faster. See more »

How Rubber Works

Rubber is an elastomer, a large molecule that can be stretched and returned to its original shape. Learn why rubber is so stretchy and how we make it. See more »

How Timber Works

The timber industry employs 13 million people and produces 124 million cubic feet of roundwood. Learn why timber remains a critical natural resource. See more »

How Reverse Osmosis Works

How does reverse osmosis work? Find out how a semipermeable membrane can act as a filter for some particles while letting others pass through. See more »

How Steam Technology Works

Steam technology works to harness the power of steam in order to perform work. Learn about steam technology and some steam technologies. See more »

How Plastics Work

Plastics can be found in a wide variety of products. They are everywhere. Find out how plastics are made and learn about uses for plastics. See more »

How Nanowires Work

Nanowires are incredibly thin structures that have an incredible length-to-width ratio. Learn about nanowires and how nanowires are created. See more »

How Nanotechnology Works

Nanotechnology is the science of building machines at a subatomic level. Learn about nanotechnology and find out how nanotechnology is developed. See more »

How a Cold Heat Soldering Iron Works

Cold Heat soldering irons are lightweight, portable and don't come with the potential for serious injury. Learn more about Cold Heat soldering. See more »