A new material that requires no electricity uses the universe as a heat sink—even when the sun is shining.
Researchers have demonstrated a way to give concrete surfaces the ability to heal when small cracks appear, an advance that could allow bridges and other structures to last longer.
NREL shows that Corning’s Willow glass can be used to make flexible solar cells that could be installed in place of roofing shingles.
It’s possible now to grow cartilage cells in the lab and reintroduce them into human joints. Skiers and quarterbacks, take heart.
Cheap, simple water filters made of plant xylem could dramatically reduce the incidence of water-borne diseases in places without access to clean drinking water, say engineers.