MATERIALS


Trying to find new forms and uses of elements, mixtures, compounds, alloys, biological materials, and so on has been an ongoing quest ever since the first tools were fabricated thousands of years ago. Today, material science pushes the cutting edge of physics and chemistry, creating new forms and combinations of matter that become the very substances from which all other technology is made. It is one of the few fields that produce miraculous-seeming advances that impact our daily lives on a regular basis, and in the future this trend is sure to continue.


SYNTHETIC GECKO SKIN
Duplicating a powerful natural adhesive.
LIQUID GLASS SPRAY
A nanoscale protective coating.
MONOMOLECULAR WIRE
Superstrong microscopic filaments.


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