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Mimicking Termites to Generate New Materials

by Ben Peltz, California Institute of Technology Mimicking Termites to Generate New Materials: Inspired by the way termites build their nests, researchers at Caltech have developed...

New Animal Inspired Lightweight Designs

By Rachel Crowell The animals could inspire the creation of strong, but lightweight new materials Sea urchin skeletons may owe some of their strength to a common...

Manufacturing Metal-Organic Framework-Based Composites for Efficiency

By Michelle Revels Manufacturing Metal-Organic Framework-Based Composites for Efficiency: Dr. Qingsheng Wang, associate professor and George Armistead ‘23 Faculty Fellow in the Artie McFerrin Department...

Living LEGOs

Mathematical modeling speeds up the process of programming bacterial systems to self-assemble into desired 2D shapes. Sandi Miller | Department of Mathematics Living LEGOs: LEGO blocks can be...

AI Tackles the Challenge of Materials Structure Prediction

by University of Cambridge Researchers have designed a machine learning method that can predict the structure of new materials with five times the efficiency of the...

Making Hydropower Plants More Sustainable

Natel Energy, founded by sibling MIT alumni, is deploying hydropower systems with fish-safe turbines and other features that mimic natural river conditions. Zach Winn | MIT News...

Hidden Distortions Trigger Promising Thermoelectric Property

UPTON, NY—In a world of materials that normally expand upon heating, one that shrinks along one 3D axis while expanding along another stands out....

New Ultrathin Film can Autonomously Switch from Dark to Light

Researchers from KAIST created an optical film technology that allows smart windows to autonomously switch between being transparent and opaque in response to light...

Uncovering the Secret of Ternary Polymer Solar Cell Success

  A University of Tsukuba and Hiroshima University team takes a close look at a ternary polymer solar cell in operation to see why the...

New Lightweight Material is Stronger than Steel

The new substance is the result of a feat thought to be impossible: polymerizing a material in two dimensions. Using a novel polymerization process, MIT...
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