Category Archives: Materials

  • Meet the Inventor of the Nuclear Waste-Powered Diamond Battery

    In December, we reported on the "diamond battery", an artificial diamond that can convert gamma rays given off by nuclear waste into electricity. PreScouter Global Scholar, Nicole Percy, recently spoke to one of its creators, Dr. Tom Scott, University of Bristol Professor of Materials: Geochemistry and Metallurgy of Uranium. Dr. Scott gave us an in-depth look at his team's research and the progress a .. ... READ MORE

    By: Kyle Gracey
  • Microplastics in bottled water: There is a problem but what’s the solution?

    The World Health Organization (WHO) launches a review after microplastics have been found in over 90% of the world’s most popular bottled water brands. Scientists at the State University of New York Fredonia (SUNY Fredonia) in collaboration with .. ... READ MORE

    By: K. Gopi
  • The latest innovation in wood-based materials: Wood stronger than titanium!

    More and more products nowadays are made from renewable sources such as trees. From jeans made out of wood fibers to ... READ MORE

    By: Natasha Jane Chrisandina
  • Highly likely pesticide ban in EU could sting agrochemical companies

    EU’s Food Safety Authority (EFSA) evaluations support that most applications of neonicotinoid insecticides represent a significant threat to wild bees and honeybees. It is highly possible that these substances will be banned from all fields across the EU when member nations vote on this issue in late March. What are neonicotinoids? Neonicotinoids are a class of insecticides chemically similar to nicotine. They act on an < .. ... READ MORE

    By: K. Gopi
  • 2018 Oscars Best Designer: NASA!

    The Oscars are one of the most anticipated (if not the most anticipated) events in the film industry. Now that it is over and we all know who won an Oscar and who didn’t, all attention turns to the fashion aspect of the event. This year was quite special, as a new designer shone through the entire event. Our apologies to Elie Saab and Versace, the gold goes to NASA this year! From telescope to troph .. ... READ MORE

    By: Mariam Jomha
  • Nanocellulose: Nano in size, tremendous in strength and endless in applications

    This article is one of two articles that will cover the potential applications of nanocellulose across industries. The next article will focus on the applications of nanocellulose in the packaging industry. What is nanocellulose? Nanocellulose (NC) is the novel form of the most ancient and natural plant-based polymer on earth, cellulose ... READ MORE

    By: Vasambal Manikkam
  • Infographic: How bio-inspired materials are revolutionizing industry

    Nature serves as one of life’s most creative and innovative scientists, and can sometimes provide us with examples of highly optimized and efficient systems. In our recent white paper, we covered some of the most interesting examples in this field. This infographic sums up the innovations covered. For more details, download this ... READ MORE

    By: PreScouter Journal
  • PreScouter Journal 2017 Roundup & 10 Most Read Articles

    It has been quite a year for the PreScouter Journal. Thanks to our great team and valued readers, the journal received 3 unique awards in 2017: PreScouter Journal named one of the Top 50 Innovation Websites and Blogs for Innovators & Inventors. PreScouter Journal named one of the ... READ MORE

    By: PreScouter Journal
  • How 3D printing is revolutionizing veterinary medicine

    3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is currently impacting several industries due to its flexibility and cost saving potential allowing it to create a solid object of virtually any shape. It allows permits using a variety of starting materials that include plastic, metal, ceramic, and even living cells. ... READ MORE

    By: Sushil Paudyal
  • What bioinspired materials can be used to address water purification?

    Water accessible for human consumption is estimated to be about 0.007% of fresh water, which itself amounts to barely 3% of water resources on Earth. The UN World Water Development Report of 2016  highlights the problem of water scarcity which is expected to affect about 1.8 billion peopl .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rebecca Alexander
  • Is there a way to degrade plastic?

    The problem: Plastic products have become an essential part of our everyday lives. Recycling is a good way to reuse plastic products, but devising a way to get rid of plastic is of utmost importance. It may come as a shock to know that less than 10% of plastic waste in the US is recycled. So, here’s what happens to the massive amount of non recycled plastic waste. The plastic problem in numbers: An estimated 275 m .. ... READ MORE

    By: Huawei Zhou
  • What are the applications of additive manufacturing in space?

    Additive Manufacturing, essentially the industrial version of 3D printing, has been used for items such as medical implants and plastic prototypes; but never before has it been used to mass produce critical parts of space technology. Additive manufacturing is being used to produce engines and satellites. It may ev .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • What Is Lean Construction and Why Should You Care?

    The construction industry in America is in crisis. As an industry, it is struggling with inflation costs, poor quality standards, competent labor shortages and worker dissatisfactions. All being symptomatic of the deeper problems inherently within the construction fields. The primary realization by professionals in the construction fields is that these problems have basic solu .. ... READ MORE

    By: Jessica Kane
  • Conductive Graphene Aerogel

    Aerogel was invented in the 1930s, and developed for insulation applications. It is among the lightest solid materials, fabricated from removing the liquid within gels through supercritical drying. Its excellent mechanical and chemical properties have attracted great attention from research institutions and industrial corporations. Since the 196 .. ... READ MORE

    By: Huawei Zhou
  • Evolution of Robots: GelSight Sensors Enable Human-Like Touch

    Popular science fiction books and movies have long toyed with the idea of human-like robots. Recent research at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has brought reality one step closer to such a possibility by improving the sensitivit .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rebecca Alexander
  • The Successes and Failures of 3D Printed Prosthetics

    The 3D printing industry has expanded rapidly over the last few years, with one of its most notable areas of application being the health and medical industry. Innovations include printing everything from medications to ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • This Breathable Workout Suit Stops Sweat

    One troublesome side-effect of working out is dealing with the sweat and stink that follow. This problem magnifies when one has to commute back to work/home or simply be around other people. This can be a major deterrent to people with busy schedules, if not the sole excuse for their forgotten gym membership. Recent pr .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rebecca Alexander
  • The Latest in Concrete Innovations: Programmable Cement

    According to Architect Magazine, concrete is humanity’s most consumed substance after water. Cement is also said to be responsible for 5% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Infrastructure Development’s Dependency on Investment and Oil Prices

    There’s a need for America to invest in infrastructure. Though there may be funding, there are other factors that affect how the funding is applied. We’ll look at investment funding and how oil prices factor into infrastructure investment. Saudi Arabia Invests in U.S. Infrastructure While the U.S. needs to invest in infrastructure, until recently, funding was limited. When President Trump be .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Building Eco-Friendly Concrete to Reduce Carbon Footprint

    Climate change is a serious problem threatening mankind today and a recent development from MIT may help reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Roland Pellenq, a senior research scientist in the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and research director at France’s National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), along with his colleague Franz-Josef Ulm, a professor of CEE and director of the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (C .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rebecca Alexander
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