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New Graphene-Based Material May Transform Night Vision and Cameras

When physicists Swastik Kar and Srinivas Sridhar were tasked by DARPA to modify graphene so that it provided thermal sensitivity like that of infrared imaging devices, they didn’t know what they’d end up with. Now, through hard work and a little luck, they have a new kind of super material on their hands. » 8/03/15 7:15am Today 7:15am

The Material That Both Conducts Electricity – and Doesn’t

Metals, which conduct electricity, and insulators, which don’t, are polar opposites. At least that’s what we’ve believed until now. But we have discovered that a well-known insulator can simultaneously act like a conductor in certain measurements. We don’t yet know the reason for this mysterious behaviour but it is… » 7/13/15 3:45am 7/13/15 3:45am

Can the indestructible hockey puck survive the endless fire of thermite?

The strongest material on Earth, fictional substances included, is a hockey puck. It’s true. After surviving against the red hot nickel ball and going toe to toe with liquid nitrogen, it totally edges out adamantium and whatever T-1000 was made out of. Here’s another battle that it holds up admirably to: thermite,… » 6/17/15 11:59am 6/17/15 11:59am