Porous Carbon and Carbonaceous Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage

Growing awareness of increasing global population and energy demand, diminishing supplies of fossil fuels, proliferating environmental pollution, and climate change has driven rapid developments in materials research in energy conversion and storage.


MRS President Sean Hearne on advocating on behalf of the materials research community

Many of us receive at least some, if not all, of our research funds from governmental agencies. These grants may be for advancing the forefronts of existing technologies or for creating a new phase of matter or compound for yet-to-be-discovered applications.


Forest edges have genetic consequences: a further threat for lemurs in Madagascar?

Natural habitats such as forests continue to be destroyed at an alarming pace across the globe and are becoming increasingly fragmented.…


Tornadoes, Fire and Ice

Listening to tornadoes to increase warning times and save lives, studying the effect of ice on the combustion of oil spills, and investigating how sea ice affects our climate – discover the latest research in Fluid Dynamics.…


Livestock production evolving to contribute to sustainable societies

Some anthropologists hypothesise that we probably wouldn’t be the sophisticated, technology-driven society we are today, if our ancestors had not started to eat meat.…


Reducing phosphorus waste in the food system

We are wasting a mineral essential for our food security. A mineral without which crops and grass cannot grow, i.e. phosphorus.…


Dairy foods and meat, good for all ages?

People are living longer but rising obesity increases the risk of a number of long term diseases such as type 2 diabetes which increases the risk of other problems such as heart disease and stroke.…


Perspectives on Crinkle-Ruga Structures and Their Novel Properties

Mechanical deformations, such as buckling, crumpling, wrinkling, and delamination, are usually considered threats to mechanical integrity, which are to be avoided or reduced in the design of materials and structures.


Organic smallholders are cultivating resilient rice systems

In the Philippines, organic rice systems are proving to be more climate resilient than conventional rice systems. This is according to a Self-evaluation and Holistic Assessment of climate Resilience of farmers and Pastoralists (SHARP), a methodological tool developed by a team at the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.…


Researchers document the role rainfall plays in organic weed control

Organic  growers can face tough challenges when it comes to weed control.  But new research published in the journal Weed Science shows weather conditions and well-timed cultural management techniques can make a big difference.…


Research focuses on factors that fuel new plant invasions

Which environmental factors are most important to the establishment of new plants of invasive species? Is it seed dispersal from existing plants?…


How can you tell if that ET story is real?

What are the consequences for the human race if we encountered extraterrestrial intelligence? If you see a story about aliens on TV or online, how excited should you be? A new study, published in the International Journal of Astrobiology, revamps a long-used tool for classifying potential signals from extraterrestrial intelligence, making it fit for the modern world of news and social media.