smart and nano-materials

Space vacation

The story

Getting into space the traditional way, in a space shuttle, is an expensive process but at least we know it works. Is travelling up in an elevator attached to a 36 000 km cable any more cost effective or realistic? More

Big news on (very) small things

Crystal structure of MOF-200 (Credit: UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry)

Many of the current science GCSE specifications require students to study nanotechnology so here are three exciting new applications to make this new area of science topical and interesting. More

What is the connection between custard and football?

Not the two things with the most obvious of connections I agree, but bear with me.

Spare a thought if you will for all of those body parts that are going to get bashed, smashed and generally knocked around for the next few weeks.  I am of course, referring to the hands, shins and other, more delicate parts of the world’s top footballers as they endure the many matches during the World Cup that starts this Friday. More

A shining use of smart materials

image courtesy of David Hilowitz

Smart materials are those that respond to external stimuli such as changes in temperature, pressure and movement.

Getting celebrities involved is sure to give momentum to the use of the technology, and the recent appearance of the singer Katy Perry in a light-up dress at a recent awards ceremony will do wonders for the sale of wearable technology. More