Plots marked on the slope where biochar was applied. Photo: Andrew Harley

Reducing soil acidity in abandoned mines

Materials World magazine
A charcoal-like substance is being used to reduce the acidity of soil in abandoned mines. Mining of precious metals in the western United States has resulted in around 160,000 abandoned...
We've all done it... (Photo: Burdun Iliya)

No more shattered screens?

Materials World magazine
Researchers have developed a new hybrid electronic material. Most of us have experienced that awful moment – a smartphone slips out of your hand, seemingly in slow motion, towards a...

Lifelike prosthetic limbs

Materials World magazine
A new surgical technique developed by researchers at the University of Michigan, USA, could allow finer-grained control of a human prosthetic leg by grafting pairs of muscles onto the amputation...

New magnetic materials calculated by computer

Materials World magazine
Two new magnetic materials have been created following computer-generated predictions. Kathryn Allen reports.

Printed glass

Materials World magazine
Glass has been used in 3D-printing for the first time, as Ellis Davies reports.