Article - 14 Nov 2003
Researchers have created a strong and flexible, nacre-like material suited to aircraft and biomedical applications. Posted May 27 2003
News - 25 Nov 2008
In addition to its iridescent beauty, mother of pearl, or nacre, the inner
lining of the shells of abalone, mussels and certain other mollusks, is also
renowned for an amazing strength and...
News - 25 Sep 2015
Chemists at LMU have fabricated a novel nanosheet-based photonic crystal that changes color in response to moisture. The new material could form the basis for humidity-sensitive contactless control of...
News - 14 Feb 2014
Graphene has proven itself as a wonder material with a vast range of unique properties. Among the least-known marvels of graphene is its strange love affair with water.
News - 12 Sep 2008
Scientists have developed nanometer-sized 'cargo ships' that can sail throughout
the body via the bloodstream without immediate detection from the body's immune
radar system and ferry their...
News - 18 Sep 2014
"Nature has developed, very cleverly, some lessons on how to create the features that we desire in optical design," said Joseph Shaw, director of the Optical Technology Center at Montana...
News - 6 Feb 2013
Iridescence, or sheen that shifts color depending on your viewing angle, is pretty in peacock feathers. But it's been a nuisance for engineers trying to mimic the birds' unique color...
News - 4 Feb 2011
Nacre, commonly known as mother-of-pearl, is the iridescent material lining many mollusk shells.
It is part of a two-layer armor system that protects the animal from predators. The brittle outer...
News - 5 Oct 2007
By mimicking a brick-and-mortar molecular structure found in
seashells, University of Michigan researchers created a composite
plastic that's as strong as steel but lighter and transparent.
News - 28 Jan 2015
Nature packs away carbon in chalk, shells and rocks made by marine organisms that crystallize calcium carbonate. Now, research suggests that the soft, organic scaffolds in which such crystals form...