Other stories by Blaine Brownell

  • Superhydrophilic Fabric Stores and Releases Pure Water

    New treated cotton fabric can be converted into a superhydrophilic material, which can absorb and repel water vapor for drinking water, agriculture, and more.

  • Researchers Try to Trap Light as Long as Possible in a Photovoltaic

    The hunt for a more efficient solar cell typically focuses on material technology, but a new renewable energy breakthrough, optimizing solar power, is based on geometry, reports Blaine Brownell.

  • Scientists Develop Topological Colloids

    Researchers at the University of Colorado in Boulder takes topology, and the intersection between mathematical theory and physical world, to potentially develop properties that don't exist in nature, Blaine Brownell reports.

  • Strongest Silica Nanofibers Yet Made in England

    Scientists in the UK have developed what may be the strongest silica nanofibers known, Blaine Brownell reports, with potential uses in the marine, aviation, and security industries.

  • The Superomniphobic Surface

    One of the most intriguing areas of innovation in materials science concerns the development of high-performance coatings. A new coating from the University of Michigan can repel water and harmful chemicals, Blaine Brownell reports.

  • New Nanocomposite Acts as a Super Light Absorber

    One of the most intriguing dimensions of nanoscale research concerns the blurring between matter and energy, says Blaine Brownell. A new super light absorber could be applied to energy-harvesting and sensing techniques.

  • Study Reveals Design's Influence on Student Performance

    A UK university and architecture firm research the effects of classroom design on academic performance to help demonstrate the correlation between good design and human performance.

  • Biological Concrete for Living Façades

    The Structural Technology Group at the Universitat Politèctica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona is developing a multilayered concrete panel system designed to support the growth of mosses, fungi, and lichens.

  • Energy Ratings Elevate Older Buildings

    An article in The New York Times reported the discovery that older structures typically outperform new ones in conserving energy, to the shock of many in New York, Blaine Brownell writes.

  • Nano-Engineered Polymers Simulate Sunlight

    In the last 10 years, light-emitting diode lighting has dramatically transformed the field of lighting design. What's next? Field-induced polymer electroluminescence, says Blaine Brownell.