60 years ago this week, the modern solar cell came into being. Here's how.
Just ask this poor pencil
Take a look at a few of cinema's most mind-boggling moments of scientific inaccuracy-plus a few rare films that manage to get things (mostly) right
The pigment could coat electronic implants.
As it grows and shrinks with changing humidity, it reports data on its environment
Helping the Earth combat solar storms
Self-repairing computers! Electronic skin! Bat-wing planes! A look at the amazing stuff that's changing the world.
For over two centuries we have struggled to understand the scope of Afghanistan's mineral wealth. Now geologists, if they can determine what lies beneath the nation's ground, might also help bring stability to the surface
"Smart skin" holds promise for morphing wings and wearable computers.
Power your stuff like itâ€™s 1899 by building your own liquid battery
A new nanoparticle material conducts electricity even when stretched to twice its original length.
Plus, how copper could lead to a cure for ALS
The long tale of battery evolution, starring unsuspecting frogs, pink bunnies and doomed satellites.
A new spin on washing on the "light cycle"
The story of how one of the most polluted waterways in America came to be located in one of the country's most expensive neighborhoods. Also: dysentery, cancer, and arsenic poisoning.
How can a magnet move a copper penny?