One of the things the human brain naturally excels at is recognizing all sorts of patterns, such as stripes on zebras, shells of turtles, and even the structure of crystals.
For several years, scientists have focused on designing technologies to combat the crisis of imminent climate change. All these researchers share a common goal — that is, identifying sustainable energy sources that can substitute environmentally toxic fossil fuels.
Ceramic materials, known for their crack resistance, find applications in various industries, ranging from dentistry to aerospace engineering. Reinforcing these materials to enhance their safety and efficiency is a major area of research.
A research team, headed by Thomas Shiell and Timothy Strobel from the Carnegie Institution for Science, has devised a new technique for producing an innovative crystalline form of silicon with a hexagonal structure.
Physicists from the University of Bath, in association with scientists from the United States, have revealed a novel mechanism that allows superconductivity and magnetism to exist together in the same material.
Electroceramics, including capacitors, are crucial parts of electronic devices. But any disruption to the crystalline structure of these electroceramics can alter their specific properties.
Materials engineers don't like to see line defects in functional materials.
Focused on crystal structures, a researcher from the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) has designed a novel mathematical formula that might solve an ancient issue in interpreting spacetime—the foundation of the universe suggested in Albert Einstein’s theories of relativity.
When water comes into contact with a cold surface, it freezes and changes into ice—a fact that is already well known.
Thermoelectric power generators that make electrical power from waste heat would be a useful tool to reduce greenhouse gas emissions if it weren't for a most vexing problem: the need to make electrical contacts to their hot side, which is often just too hot for materials that can generate a current.