Spider silk may be delicate looking, but it is known for its strength and durability. And it's these stunning properties that have inspired researchers at Polytechnique Montreal to channel their inner Spiderman and create a new, ultra-tough fiber.
Spider silk has long been admired for its graceful, yet steel-like structure, and as researchers study this material more in depth, it is inspiring industries to develop new, stronger materials themselves.
The public is only just now learning how the unique skin of chameleons can change color. Now, researchers are also revealing that they are in the midst of imitating this strategy for our own use, creating ways to display color never before seen outside of nature.
Spider silk is being dethroned as the strongest bio-material from the natural world, with the tiny teeth of an aquatic snail proving an estimated five times stronger in all regards.
With winter upon us, air conditioning is probably the last thing most people (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) are thinking about. However, winter won't last forever, and with climate change pressing in, many regions are expected to suffer from hotter and hotter summers. Now, a team of researchers has dreamed up a new way to cool a room without escalating energy demands.
NASA has made plans to test the applications of an 'ultra-black' material - a carbon-nanotube coating that absorbs nearly all of the light thrown its way. This could have stunning implications for future orbital telescope technologies, for which stray light can often be a nuisance.
Like a scene straight out of "Star Wars," future scuba divers might simply have to slip a thin mask over their face to gain the ability of breathing under water - no oxygen tank required. That's at least one of the dreams fueled by the creation of a new material that can absorb and store massive amounts of oxygen.
Diamonds are a girl's best friend, but they could be NASA's, too. That's according to a new study that proposes using diamonds to make a synthetic strong enough to support an elevator so tall that it shoots into space.
Goths, cocktail waitresses, and the "deepest" of poets should all be thrilled this week, as it was announced that black just got darker. Researchers have managed to craft a material so black that it absorbs all but 0.035 percent of visible light.