MIT develops wetsuit material inspired by beavers

October 06, 2016 1 min read

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Animals that spend a lot of time in the water have various mechanisms to keep themselves warm and dry, and researchers at MIT are looking at the way furry semiaquatic mammals do it […]

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Squid proteins help create self-healing fabrics

August 26, 2016 1 min read


Imagine you just tore your favorite pair of pants. You’d have to spend some time with a needle and thread to have any hope of salvaging them, and you need to actually be […]

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3D printers can now print with hemp, beer, and coffee

July 26, 2016 1 min read

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Most 3D printers use plastic, which usually isn’t the most environmentally friendly material available. Most forms of plastic are made from hydrocarbons like oil, and they don’t break down when you’re done with […]

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Gorilla Glass 5 could save your next phone from drops

July 21, 2016 1 min read

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If you have a smartphone, odds are good that you’re touching Corning Gorilla Glass every day. This chemically strengthened glass has become a staple of the mobile industry. The last big update to […]

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New nanocrystal material turns infrared into visible light

June 14, 2016 1 min read

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Humans can’t see into the infrared like some animals, but we may soon be able to easily convert infrared into light we can see. Researchers from Germany have succeeded in creating a new […]

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One of the most devastating tiny biological weapons could inspire new super strong armor

June 01, 2016 1 min read


The mantis shrimp is a flashy little multicolored crustacean, but it’s more than just a pretty carapace — it possesses one of the most devastating weapons of a creature its size. The rounded claws of […]

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Silkworm cocoons are better than refrigeration for storing blood

May 16, 2016 1 min read

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Silkworms are, of course, used for producing silk fabric, but their cocoons could also prove important in improving disease testing. Scientists from Tufts University have developed a technique using silkworm cocoons that can […]

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Sunflare’s solar cells are so light you can attach them with tape

May 09, 2016 1 min read

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You don’t need to call in a contractor to hang a poster on the wall, and soon the same might be true of hanging solar panels. A Los Angeles-based startup called Sunflare says […]

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Apple’s recycling program recovered 2,204lbs of gold last year worth $40 million

April 15, 2016 1 min read


Of all the tech companies out there it’s Apple that seems to be setting the standard for recycling. The company’s latest Environmental Responsibility Report not only shows how much effort Apple is putting […]

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This material is so black that it’s like a hole in the universe you can hold in your hand

March 07, 2016 1 min read

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When is black not really black? When you compare it to Vantablack, a material developed by UK-based Surrey Nanosystems. We got our first glimpse of Vantablack in 2014 — although you can’t actually […]

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Scientists develop batteries that won’t explode, using spiky nanoparticles

January 13, 2016 1 min read

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We’ve been waiting patiently for a breakthrough in battery technology, but thus far what we’ve gotten is a series of incremental improvements to existing lithium-based cells. We’re packing more power than ever into […]

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New ultra-hard phase of carbon turns into diamonds when heated

December 08, 2015 1 min read

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Carbon’s unique physical properties have made it the very basis for life on Earth, but that’s just for starters. Carbon has various phases (or allotropes) that have distinct properties and uses. You’ve probably […]

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