The path to future robotics is paved with materials

There has been a notable trend in storytelling toward the redemption of beings that were once considered purely evil. In fantasy, for example, dragons have evolved from simple, violent animals into noble beasts, often of near- or above-human intellect, who act as helpers of humanity or as heroes in their own right. In science fiction, we’ve seen a similar shift in the purpose and personality of robotic characters. In her article in the April 2019 issue of MRS Bulletin, Hortense Le Ferrand, recipient of the 2018 MRS Bulletin Postdoctoral Publication Prize, connects the emergence of benevolent robots to “the use of soft materials, characterized by conformability, colors, and constant adaptation to the environment.”


Can we predict breed suitability for different environments?

The animal article of the month for July is ‘Use of Geographic Information System tools to Predict Animal Breed Suitability for Different Agro-Ecological Zones’ Predicting breed suitability is challenging in livestock production.…


Why Are We Running Out of Time? A Business History Perspective on the Environmental Crisis

This special issue in Business History Review on Business and the Environment seeks to promote new approaches in business history designed to explore of the role of business in both creating and addressing the mounting environmental crisis that has become apparent over the last half century.


Energy storage in the Midwest and beyond: A timely analysis

As the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released an update to last year’s order on energy storage, MRS Energy & Sustainability publishes a timely collection of papers that unpack the issue of energy storage in the Midwest and beyond. Last February, FERC unanimously approved a landmark order in the fast-developing field of energy storage. FERC Order 841 directed grid operators across the US to develop market rules for energy storage to participate in the wholesale energy, capacity and ancillary services markets by treating storage as a generation resource.


Dr Tom Crawford speaks to past winners of the Batchelor Prize

With the nomination period for the 2020 Batchelor Prize coming to a close at the end of the month (31st May 2019), Dr Tom Crawford spoke to the previous winners to find out more about the legacy of the award.


Giardiasis in the United Kingdom – current state and moving forward

The latest Paper of the Month for Parasitology is: ‘Giardia duodenalis in the UK: current knowledge of risk factors and public health implications‘ by B.…


Mix Things Up to Control Dicamba-Resistant Kochia

Kochia is a highly invasive weed known to be resistant to multiple herbicides. In the Great Plains region, kochia populations have now evolved resistance to dicamba.…


Can Cover Crops Slow Herbicide Resistance?

Herbicide resistance is a costly and growing problem. In fact, many weed populations now exhibit resistance to multiple herbicide mechanisms of action.…


Understanding the contribution of ingestion to feed digestion

The animal article of the month for June is ‘Characteristics of boli formed by dairy cows upon ingestion of fresh ryegrass, lucerne or chicory’ Most measurements of feed in ruminant nutrition studies primarily concern the chemical composition.…


Malacosporean myxozoans exploit a diversity of fish hosts

The latest Paper of the Month for Parasitology is ‘Malacosporean myxozoans exploit a diversity of fish hosts’ by Juliana Naldoni, Edson A. Adriano, Ashlie Hartigan and Beth Okamura Parasitic diseases can represent major challenges for conservation and wildlife management on the one hand, and food production and recreational activities on the other.…


Large-scale battery storage: Challenges and opportunities for technology and policy

Could a large-enough battery cushion the swings in wind and solar power? And can renewable energy be trusted, or are we just seeing technical challenges to implementation? In a recent review article published in MRS Energy & Sustainability, energy experts weigh in on these questions and consider the challenges and opportunities for technology and policy in relation to large-scale battery storage. The article also addresses a fascinating case study from South Australia, which currently houses the world's biggest battery.


A multichannel THz spectrometer for diagnosing terahertz radiation from intense laser-solid interactions

Intense THz radiation sources have attracted increasing research interest due to their applications in coherent and incoherent control of matter, light and electron beams.…