Latest Chemical Stories


Contextual engineering improves success of projects in non-industrial societiesOctober 21, 2019

Humanitarian engineering projects often focus on bringing western technologies to non-industrialised societies; but environmental and cultural factors in these locations may be very different from conditions in the west, and the projects may not meet client needs if engineers do not fully understand the context in which they are operating

A material way to make Mars habitableJuly 29, 2019

Research suggests that regions of the Martian surface could be made habitable with a material - silica aerogel - that mimics Earth's atmospheric greenhouse effect


A new ‘golden’ age for electronics?July 1, 2019

Scientists have created materials that shrink uniformly in all directions when heated under normal everyday conditions, using a cheap and industrially scalable process. This potentially opens up a new paradigm of thermal-expansion control that will make electronic devices more resilient to temperature changes