Managing avalanche risk

Avalanches and mudslides are a common occurrence in mountainous regions across the world and they can often cause severe loss of property and life.…


The art of the scientific paper

Extracts from a recent Editorial by MRS Bulletin Editor-in-Chief Gopal R. Rao on the launch of the MRS Bulletin Postdoctoral Publication Prize


Understanding Vortex Reconnection

A new paper published recently in Journal of Fluid Mechanics (JFM) looked at numerical simulations of a blade slicing through a vortex and understanding how this action affects the flow field could lead to the design of safer helicopters.


Change is inevitable; change is constant

Extracts from a recent Editorial by MRS Bulletin Editor-in-Chief Gopal Rao which talked about the recent launch of the newly designed site.


How do birds fly?

When a bird flaps its wings it generates thrust force which keeps it airborne, but how does this actually work? And how hard and how fast should they flap?


2016 JMR Paper of the Year awarded

Gayle and Cook have won the 2016 JMR Paper of the Year, for the development and modeling of an indentation method for mapping the time-dependent viscoelastic and time-independent plastic properties of polymeric-based materials.


An investigation of the fatal 1985 Manchester Airport B737 fire

The paper, ‘Numerical investigation of the fatal 1985 Manchester Airport B737 fire’ published in the Aeronautical Journal, Vol 121, Number 1237, pp 287-319, 2017 by Edwin R Galea, Zhaozhi Wang,  and Fuchen Jia, provides an explanation for why 55 people lost their lives in the B737 fire at Manchester airport in 1985.…


Rigoberto C. Advincula announced as Editor-in-Chief for MRS Communications

The Materials Research Society (MRS) and Cambridge University Press are pleased to announce the appointment of Rigoberto C. Advincula, as Editor-in-Chief of MRS Communications.


Climate change and risks to fossil fuel industry: sustainability train has left the station

Two seminal articles by energy experts in the latest issue of MRS Energy and Sustainability (MRS E&S) examine the climate-related risks facing the fossil fuel industry and conclude that the sustainability train has already well and truly left the station – and is not coming back.


Susmita Bose appointed JMR Associated Editor for Biomaterials

Journal of Materials Research is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Susmita Bose as Associate Editor for Biomaterials.


The conundrum of aviation and the environment

The paper, ‘21st century civil aviation: Is it on course, or is it over confident and complacent? – thoughts on the conundrum of aviation and the environment’ published in the Aeronautical Journal, Vol 121, Issue 1236, pp 115-140, 2017 by D.…


Humanoid Multi-Event Robot Athletes

Jacky Baltes, guest Editor for Knowledge Engineering Review, introduces the special issue on Humanoid Multi-Event Robot Athletes The FIRA HuroCup competition was started in 2002 to provide a challenging and state of the art benchmark problem for humanoid robots.…