materials

New material design stores energy like an eagle

Auxetics are materials that store energy internally rather than bulging out. In this way they can store more energy when squeezed or struck and disperse it more regularly. Historically, however, these

I want to hear your pitch in Oman this Thursday

Just a remind that I’m holding one of our patented MicroMeetups in Muscat, Oman on Thursday November 9th from 3pm to 6:30pm. We will meet at the Sheraton Oman. There is no RSVP list so just show

Poland builds a solar-powered bike path that glows a ghostly blue

Poland can do some cool stuff. To wit: this cool bike path in a town called Pruszków. The path is made of a light-emitting material that charges in the sun and can glow for up to 10 hours in the dark

Researchers Create 3D Printed Medical Gear Tailored To Babies

Most medical hardware is stock – you go to the closet and pick out a catheter or implant and just stick it in. But what about situations where you need a teeny tiny connector for a premature bab

New Stretchy Electronics Will Help Us Stay Healthy And Safe

Researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are working on a new form of electronics encased in a stretchy, bendable casing that allows you to wrap leads around

BENDLAY 3D Is A Bendable Printing Filament That You Can Use To Make Clear, Flexible Straps And Bands

Kai Parthy is a German engineer who creates odd printing filaments for 3D printers. His previous projects, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.orbi-tech.de/shop/3D-Filaments/LayWoo-d3:::72_76.html?XTC

New Form Of Cotton Can Grab Nearly Three And A Half Times Its Own Weight Of Water Out Of Thin Air

A new treatment applied to cotton called PNIPAAm can make the material absorb up to 340% of its own weight in water from misty air and then release it as temperatures heat up. This makes it ideal for

Ferromagnetic and ferroelectric: two great properties that go great together!

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/feti03.jpg" />Scientists at the <a href="http://www.anl.gov/">Argonne National Laboratory</a>, with help from researchers at Pennsylvania

Rapid prototyping gets rapider

When you absolutely, positively have to have it by tomorrow, look to… ZoomRP. A division of Solid Concepts, the company is offering really fast rapid prototyping. Upload your STL file to them by

Super magnet to not destroy itself

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory, in New Mexico are in the process of creating a pulsed electromagnet that will reach 100 tesla. Greg Boebinger, director of the project, says that these f

Now we’re cookin’ with…ceramic

Microwave cookology keeps getting better and better. Back in the day, one would just throw whatever in the box and nuke it ‘till done. Problem with that was that many meals turned out soggy and unev

Aerogel: Glass that is 99.8% air gets put through the paces

The world’s lightest known solid, Aerogel, weighs only three times as much as air. As air, mind you. You could practically breathe the stuff, but you wouldn’t want to because, basically it’s gla