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Dec 5, 2021

Bulletproof Chainmail: Scientists Created Flexible Fabric That Stiffens On Demand

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Engineers at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore teamed up to develop a chain mail-inspired fabric that transforms from a fluid malleable material into a solid protective material when under pressure, a press statement reveals.

The material could be used for a host of potentially lifechanging applications, including as smart fabric for exoskeletons, for a cast that becomes more or less rigid when needed to facilitate the healing of an injury, and as a deployable bridge that could be thrown over an obstacle and stiffened so that people can walk across with ease.

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Dec 4, 2021

Rocket Lab reveals new details of its powerful Neutron launch vehicle

Posted by in categories: materials, space travel

Neutron’s structure will be comprised of a new, specially formulated carbon composite material that is lightweight, strong, and can withstand the immense heat and forces of launch and re-entry again and again to enable frequent re-flight of the first stage. The launch vehicle will also be mostly reusable, designed to land on a landing pad after launch. It starts with Neutron’s unique shape, a tapered rocket with a wide base to provide a robust, stable base for landing, eliminating the need for complex mechanisms and landing legs.

“Neutron is not a conventional rocket. It’s a new breed of the launch vehicle with reliability, reusability, and cost reduction that is hard-baked into the advanced design from day one. Neutron incorporates the best innovations of the past and marries them with cutting-edge technology and materials to deliver a rocket for the future,” said Peter Beck, Rocket Lab founder, and CEO.

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Dec 3, 2021

The world’s first sneakers made from stone

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Circa 2018 c:


Shoes made from stone may sound uncomfortable and something the Flintstones might wear. However, thanks to innovative technology, it is possible to transform ordinary stone into a flexible and paper-thin material. German companies Roxxlyn and Nat-2 decided to work together and use this material to create the world’s first sneakers made from natural stone!

When we think about stone, we think about hard and sturdy material, rather than something flexible. However, Roxxlyn, an expert in creating ultra-light design pieces from stone, developed a technology to use stone to make all kinds of accessories and design pieces, from phone cases to belts, and now sneakers.

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Dec 3, 2021

New discovery about electron behavior could lead to a superpowered world

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Potential step toward new superconductors.

Dec 3, 2021

IBM Unveils New “Electronic Tongue” to Taste and Identify Liquids

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Digital tongue circa 2019.


“Electronic tongues” are devices that can analyze materials just by coming in contact with them — and they have near-infinite applications, from testing water quality to ensuring an expensive wine isn’t a counterfeit.

The problem is most fall into one of two categories: portable and specialized for only certain materials, or stationary and versatile. But now, IBM researchers have unveiled a new electronic tongue capable of bridging gap, making it easier to identify a range of liquids on the fly.

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Dec 2, 2021

User experience of MRIdian Linac commissioning and QA with the THALES 3D MR SCANNER

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, materials

The market introduction of the MR-Linac technology improves the patient care via the real-time imaging of the targeted PTVs. Conventional Water Phantoms with ferromagnetic material become prohibited due to safety reasons. To overcome this situation, LAP introduced the MR-compatible Water Phantom THALES 3D MR SCANNER. Dr Thierry Gevaert, medical physicist and co-ordinator at the UZ Brussel institute, will share his experience with the THALES 3D MR SCANNER during the commissioning of the MRIdian Linac of Viewray. Furthermore, he will highlight which benefits played an important role for his clinical workflow.

During the webinar you will also learn more about the THALES technology for commissioning and quality-assurance processes of conventional Linacs.

Dec 2, 2021

Prusa Research Announces Their First Ever CoreXY 3D Printer

Posted by in categories: innovation, materials

The electronics were also improved with a new full-color touchscreen interface and a modular wiring system. An RGB LED lighting system adds nice ambiance and could help users create more exciting time lapse videos of their prints. Prusa is even considering releasing an official, though unsupported, Klipper firmware for those users who have grown to love Klipper in other CoreXY printers.

The most exciting feature by far, however, is the new swappable toolhead system. This is similar to the E3D ToolChanger design and lets the printer switch between different extruders during a print, allowing for multicolor or multi-material prints. An innovative calibration routine ensures that quality doesn’t suffer after a tool change.

Prusa Research hasn’t yet announced an official release date, but you can reserve a pre-order by placing a $200 deposit right now. A semi-assembled Prusa XL with a single toolhead will cost $1,999. A Prusa XL with dual toolheads will cost $2,499 and a Prusa XL with five toolheads will cost $3,499.

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Nov 30, 2021

Turning Buildings into Batteries? Concrete Battery Storage Explained

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Nov 29, 2021

Furniture made from leaf leather

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Circa 2019


Brazilian design studio Furf designed furniture made with a leather-like material made from leaves, developed by organic tannery Nova Kaeru.

Vegan, plastic free leather alternatives are a booming industry at the moment. One of the most notable examples is Piñatex, made from leftover leaves after the pineapple harvest, but there are also leather-like materials made of anything from tree bark to fruit leftovers to mycelium (for an extensive list of options, click here).

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Nov 29, 2021

3D-printed ‘living ink’ is full of microbes and can release drugs

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, materials

An ink made using engineered bacterial cells can be 3D-printed into structures that release anti-cancer drugs or capture toxins from the environment.

The microbial ink is the first printable gel to be made entirely from proteins produced by E.coli cells, without the addition of other polymers.

“This is the first of its kind… a living ink that can respond to the environment. We have repurposed the matrix that these bacteria normally utilise as a shielding material to form a bio-ink,” says Avinash Manjula-Basavanna at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston.

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