Samsung gets closer to launching its first foldable smartphone

Samsung gets closer to launching its first foldable smartphone

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we continue to see breakthroughs in materials electronics are starting to move to the next stage of their evolution.   As smartphone fans await a trio of new phones from Samsung next week, eyes will soon be turning to what could be the Korean company’s...

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Futuristic transparent electronics get closer thanks to a Swiss supercomputer

Futuristic transparent electronics get closer thanks to a Swiss supercomputer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Transparent electronics will help revolutionise a variety of industries and products, and make computing even more ubiquitous than it is today.   If you search the internet for images of the future of smartphones, as well as other gadgets, then it’s highly likely that included...

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Genetic engineering breakthrough turns chickens into egg laying medicine factories

Genetic engineering breakthrough turns chickens into egg laying medicine factories

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to produce drugs and medicines cheaply is important, and this breakthrough breaks grounds on all kinds of fronts.   Ordinarily, when scientists want to produce proteins to use in medicine they have to use techniques that are costly and complex. Recently, however, in...

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US researchers have found a safe way to 3D print explosives

US researchers have found a safe way to 3D print explosives

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The ability to 3D print explosives is a turning point for the military and other industries that rely on explosives, but it also opens up a debate on the potential dangers of the uses of the technology.   According to new research out of the...

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Scientists have created the blackest material ever, and it’s great for gaming

Scientists have created the blackest material ever, and it’s great for gaming

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are certain situations, such as calibrating satellite systems, or in cinemas where nearly dark doesn’t cut it, Vantablack is the darkest material ever produced.   Have you ever gotten up to use the restroom during a movie screening, then struggled to find your seat...

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Researchers 3D printed a working spinal chord implant in 1.6 seconds

Researchers 3D printed a working spinal chord implant in 1.6 seconds

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today if you break your spine, you’re paralysed, but paralysis is increasingly no longer for life.   3D Bio-Printing, an offshoot of its better known cousin 3D Printing, lets scientists manufacture everything from real bones, cartilage, corneas and kidneys, to hearts, ovaries, skin, and teeth, by laying...

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Aleph Farms serves up the world’s first lab grown steak

Aleph Farms serves up the world’s first lab grown steak

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF By 2050 there will be an estimated 10 billion people on the planet, producing our food in new ways will let us alleviate hunger and feed them all.   Over the past couple of years I’ve been watching the rise of vertical farms, that produce...

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US researchers get $1.7m grant to create wonder bio-material that lasts 500 million years

US researchers get $1.7m grant to create wonder bio-material that lasts 500 million years

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Everything in the universe is made from material, whether it’s biological or synthetic, and as we unravel natures mysteries we could create products that, literally, last forever.   It’s the most durable biological material you’ve never heard of, Sporopollenin, and it makes plastics and other materials...

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Here’s how NASA plans to build on Mars and the Moon

Here’s how NASA plans to build on Mars and the Moon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the cost of launching equipment and people into space plummets the reality of colonising other planets is getting closer.   It’s one thing to send an astronaut to Mars to be an extraterrestrial tourist for a few hours. But if humanity wants to actually...

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Scientists jumped out of a plane to create a new wonder material

Scientists jumped out of a plane to create a new wonder material

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Everything is made from some form of material, whether it be organic or inorganic, which means the right breakthroughs can change industries forever.   Most people don’t care about materials – even self-healing materials, or state of the art programmable materials, or materials that will...

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Robot swarms help scientists 3D print the buildings of the future

Robot swarms help scientists 3D print the buildings of the future

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more companies explore using 3D printers to print buildings it’s impractical to use just one large printer, so scientists are experimenting with swarms. Today there’s more talk than ever before of using 3D printers to print all sorts of buildings, from small houses, and...

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3D printed fashion takes over New York Fashion Week

3D printed fashion takes over New York Fashion Week

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D printed clothes can be customised and printed on demand using sustainable new materials, giving fashion designers new options and reducing the industry’s environmental impact.   Downloadable 3D printed personalised sustainable fashion. I think you’ll agree it’s quite a catchy phrase – or at least...

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US Navy puts AI brains into its 3D printers to make them “creative and intelligent”

US Navy puts AI brains into its 3D printers to make them “creative and intelligent”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF By combining the power of AI with 3D printing the US military hopes to revolutionise how products are designed and made everywhere.   One thing about aircraft, especially ones that fly from aircraft carriers, that are increasingly being turned into floating factories and flying fortresses,...

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Drexel’s new spray on antennas can connect everything to the internet

Drexel’s new spray on antennas can connect everything to the internet

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Tomorrow’s world will be increasingly connected, and connecting old legacy devices and things has been difficult, but it’s about to get much easier.   Engineers are good at making minuscule antennas. Nowadays, we can cram antennas into our smartphones or smartwatches without much trouble. But...

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This nano-membrane turns your skin into a loudspeaker

This nano-membrane turns your skin into a loudspeaker

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Displays can increasingly be placed anywhere, and now the same can be said of loudspeakers.   We all are familiar with loudspeakers; the critical element found in almost every household in one form or the other – whether they’re in smartphones, TV’s or stashed in...

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Researchers 3D print human corneas in world first

Researchers 3D print human corneas in world first

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Tens of millions of people a year go blind because of a lack of donor corneas, this work will, literally, give them a new outlook on life.   There are so many parts of the human body now that can be 3D printed that it’s...

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Scientists have created an ultrasound patch to monitor your vital health

Scientists have created an ultrasound patch to monitor your vital health

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Having access to ultrasound is like having a window into your body, and now it’s on a patch.   Earlier this year we heard how scientists from the University of California San Diego in the US had developed a flexible ultrasound patch that allows users to see...

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Breakthrough increases solid state storage capacity by a thousand fold

Breakthrough increases solid state storage capacity by a thousand fold

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world is storing more data than ever before and that’s a trend that will only increase, so we need revolutions in storage not evolutions.   Recently we’ve seen breakthroughs in storage technology that allow us to pack more than 215 Petabytes of information into...

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US Marines 3D printed new barracks using the world’s largest 3D printer

US Marines 3D printed new barracks using the world’s largest 3D printer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The way we make buildings hasn’t changed much in thousands of years, so it’s time for a faster, cheaper alternative to take center stage.   Recently a family in France were the first family to move into a 3D printed house, and the benefits of...

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Scientists make biodegradable plastic from sugar and carbon dioxide

Scientists make biodegradable plastic from sugar and carbon dioxide

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Plastic has turned into the scourge of the environment, and companies are tripling their efforts to find viable environmentally friendly alternatives.   Society is producing more waste plastic than ever before and it’s polluting our oceans and contaminating our drinking water. By all accounts by...

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