Spider glue is actually a specialized silk protein.
The glue that gives spider webs their stickiness is a form of spider silk protein. Researchers can imagine cool uses for a synthetic version – but had to wait for the tricky glue gene to be sequenced.
Thanks to a novel process, human urine can be turned into bio-bricks.
Some of the things we discard - like urine - can actually be useful resources.
Strange new materials that propel the fictional Star Trek universe are being developed by scientists in reality today. Above, the USS Discovery accelerates to warp speed in an artist’s rendition for the TV series Star Trek Discovery.
Advanced materials that seem like they come from Star Trek are becoming reality today.
Gotcha, five times faster than the blink of an eye.
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How do a frog's tongue and saliva work together to be sticky enough to lift 1.4 times the animal's body weight? Painstaking lab work found their spit switches between two distinct phases to nab prey.
One shell of an idea.
Making a material impact – how auxetic materials could make sports stars safer.
Those liquid crystals reveal a lot more.
Theoretical physicists are caricatured in the popular imagination as only involved in abstruse and difficult-to-imagine topics. But some of these theoretical physicists are involved in something closer…
Cocoa, rice and vegetable waste could soon be turned into environmentally-friendly plastic. American Chemical Society scientists…
Researchers have produced a material able to mimmic the shock-absorbing and lubricating characteristics of cartilage. Previously…
A new biomaterial has been shown to encourage regrowth of damaged nerve cells in the brain and spinal chord. Xyloglucan is…