Elastomers are used for a variety of common goods, and they are the basis of flexible electronics. Increasing flexibility while maintaining elasticity is a key requirement; with this, a new super-stretchable elastomer has been developed.
Graphene is the material of the modern age: strong, light, flexible and highly conductive. It is the basis of a new generation of wearable electronics. To improve the material further, researchers have been looking at the humble soybean.
Sea sponges seem to be unlikely creatures as to inform us about modern construction, yet researchers have been studying orange puffball sea sponges for inspiration. Of interest is how the sponges avoid buckling under water pressure.
MIT’s new physically interactive inFORM is the at the “Hey, this thing rolls!” stage of wheel invention for practical 3D computing. It’s a 3D physical display of active computer processing- Solid form live computation imagery.
Ultrasound can generate a lot of heat. Thousands of degrees, in fact. The question has been how to harness it, and that question has now been answered by McGill University Faculty of Dentistry and Medicine.
A molecular Gordian Knot, based on a strand of 192 atoms coiled around a triple loop which crosses itself eight times. It’s the most complex molecular knot ever created and might usher in a new class of super-strong materials.