Trying to Make Game of Thrones Valyrian Steel Sword With Real Materials 

Nothing reigns consistently in HBO’s Game of Thrones (and George R.R. Martin’s “Song of Ice and Fire” book series that inspired it) except Valyrian steel, a magical sword material. Valyrian steel is, of course, extremely not real. But materials scientist Ryan Consell took a look at its chemistry anyway. »4/07/15 10:30am4/07/15 10:30am


"Scorpion Skin" Armor Could Help Protect Machines Against Sand Damage

As anyone who's been to the beach can tell you, sand has an uncanny ability to work its way into the most obscene places. Amusing for people, sure, but for machines, sand is a killer—penetrating gears, clog pipes, and causing general havoc with moving parts. A new surface based on a scorpion's hide, however, could… »2/02/12 1:40am2/02/12 1:40am