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How aluminum oxide's liquid-like properties protect nuclear plants

Thin layers of solid oxide protective coating for metals can deform as if they were liquid filling rust-caused cracks.

Silver and copper might help your clothes monitor you

Silver-coated copper nanowires could be used to embed fitness trackers and health monitors into shirts.

Gold particles make the invisible visible

A researcher was able to optimize single-molecule detection using gold nanorods.

Scientists create "kagome metal"

Physicists from MIT, Harvard University, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have produced what the call "a kagome metal" — an electrically conducting crystal, made from layers of iron and tin atoms, with each atomic layer […]

Cyanide and copper: key ingredients in the origins of life, scientists say

Harvard researchers combined cyanide and copper in an airtight quartz container and their findings are impressive.

Fusion power using superconducting magnets: researchers are almost there

MIT scientists describe fusion power as a potentially "inexhaustible and zero-carbon source of energy."

Gold and titanium nanowires restore vision in blind mice

Researchers from Fudan University and the University of Science and Technology of China tried curing blindness using gold and titanium.

German scientists to build machine that speeds up urban mining processes

Some urban mining already takes place in the EU but it involves melting devices together in a furnace and removing the most valuable metals.

US officials consider robots to prevent mine spills

Their main function would be to move through collapsing, rubble-strewn tunnels at mine sites to map them and analyze pollutants in groundwater.

There could be an iron throne in the Pyramid of Cheops

An Italian professor at the Politecnico di Milano says that there could be an iron throne right below the apex of the Pyramid of Cheops, located in Giza.

Gold ions open the way for energy efficient devices

Japanese scientists want to determine the needed components to design batteries with less volatility and flammability.

Prehistoric bling: Research uncovers factors behind the development of earliest copper alloys

The colour properties of prehistoric copper alloys have largely been understudied. Until now.

Scientists are searching for silver in laundry wastewater

The researchers have discovered how different variations in detergent chemistry impact the amount of metal they can get.

Rare earth metal exposes new properties of graphene

Ames Lab scientists are working towards mastering graphene's assembly in combination with other materials.

US lab tests record-breaking magnet

The "32 T" is 3,000 times stronger than a small refrigerator magnet.

Scientists push gold nanorod technology one step forward to make it more useful for biomedical apps

Gold nanorods are becoming more and more used in the production of security materials, as well as diagnostics, imaging, and cancer therapy equipment.

Mine site restoration needs more time: Australian researchers

They say the mining industry is being asked to achieve thousands of years of natural soil development in under a decade.

Archaeologists find connection between metalwork and Iron Age feasting rituals

Found during an excavation at Glenfield Park, Leicestershire, the collection is unprecedented in terms of the overall mix of findings.

Scientists produce high-grade rare earths from coal

University of Kentucky researchers used an environmentally-conscious and cost-effective process.

French researchers unearth largest stash of Medieval silver coins ever found

They are puzzled by the finding of 21 Islamic gold dinars at an abbey in eastern France.

Ink from ancient Egyptian papyri contains copper

The pigments were likely obtained as a byproduct of sulfurous ore smelting.

New fertilizers based on metal nanoparticles expected to produce macro-harvests

Russian scientists have developed a new generation of innovative fertilizers that, they say, are capable of increasing crop productivity by 25 per cent.

Quantum computing turning to copper

In order to store new quantum data that can be processed by quantum computers, scientists are exploring the possibilities that copper offers.

Scientists use gold to improve microlaser technology

The devices are used to improve cybersecurity, GPS systems and the detection of toxic chemicals.

Microorganisms help form iron ore caves

There is a strong correlation between the location of BIF caves and the presence of iron ores of global economic significance