Material Science

Material Science
New uses found for mountains of food waste, even crab shells
One man's trash is another man's treasure, so the proverb goes. But crab shells and eggshells? The former, it turns out, are an ingredient for moisturizing cream once the shells and claws have been pulverized, while grounded eggshells are used in nutritional supplements.
Kyoto University and Toyota test 1,000 km per-charge EV battery

A team of researchers from Kyoto University and Toyota Motor is making solid progress developing next-generation battery technology that has the potential to cram far more energy into a small, lightweight package than today's standard lithium-ion, or li-ion, batteries.

Japan's battery startups take the world beyond lithium ion

What is the future of batteries? From smartphones to drones to electric cars, the current source of energy is the lithium-ion battery. But startups in Japan are battling to create high-performance power packs that could become the next global standard.

Tohoku U. and NEC to accelerate the development of composite materials for aircraft
Tohoku University Graduate School of Engineering, Graduate School of Information Sciences, and NEC Corporation announced the start of research and development of a materials integration system utilizing NEC's vector supercomputer SX-Aurora TSUBASA to accelerate the development of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) for aircraft.
Viewed through revamped slide, cancer cells show their hidden side
Cancer cells play dead to dodge attacks by immune cells, a scientist here discovered, and tumor tissue moves like a slug to fuse with other tumors, revelations that could trigger a breakthrough in the development of carcinoma treatment. The phenomena were uncovered using a special glass slide that promotes the growth of cancer cells for in-depth observation developed by Yukiko Miyatake, 47, an assistant professor of experimental pathology at the Faculty of Medicine of Hokkaido University.