3D printed bunny contains instructions to make a copy of intself

3D printed bunny contains instructions to make a copy of intself

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we manufacture products in new ways we can use those same manufacturing technologies to embed information about them for a variety of purposes.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Now that we can 3D print objects researchers...

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Harvard invents self-healing rubber to nail your tyre’s puncture problems

Harvard invents self-healing rubber to nail your tyre’s puncture problems

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF While this is one example of how self-healing materials will be useful there are millions more use cases.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. If the world is free of flat tires a couple decades from now, you...

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BigRep unveil the world’s first fully 3D printed electric car

BigRep unveil the world’s first fully 3D printed electric car

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s only a matter of time before we can 3D print an entire car, no matter how complex it is, in one run complete with embedded electronics, power, and sensors.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. One day...

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New 3D printed liquid “lab on a chip” paves the way for liquid electronics

New 3D printed liquid “lab on a chip” paves the way for liquid electronics

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D printing is still relatively nascent but as researchers invent new tools and techniques one breakthrough can revolutionise thousands of fields.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in the US have...

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HyperStealth demonstrate the world’s first viable invisibility cloak

HyperStealth demonstrate the world’s first viable invisibility cloak

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Invisibility is an illusion, a magic trick – literally. As metamaterials improve you can expect this once science fiction-like technology to be perfected.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Happy New Year! Today science fiction is becoming science...

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Lab grown meat could make eating T-Rex and Zebra burgers completely normal

Lab grown meat could make eating T-Rex and Zebra burgers completely normal

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you can grow any meat, from any animal, in a lab without ever having to rear, raise, or harm an animal then why wouldn’t eating exotic meats become culturally acceptable?   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. If...

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World’s first 3D printed community unveiled in Mexico

World’s first 3D printed community unveiled in Mexico

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New construction technologies are helping companies build homes in new ways faster and cheaper than ever before.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Earlier this year and hot on the heels of a family moving into a 3D...

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Harvard’s new multi-material 3D printer makes printing soft robots faster and easier

Harvard’s new multi-material 3D printer makes printing soft robots faster and easier

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many 3D printers still only print one material, or at best switch between different materials very slowly, this new printer therefore opens up a host of new use cases.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. 3D printers are...

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Researchers created a digital metamaterial to create better cloaking devices

Researchers created a digital metamaterial to create better cloaking devices

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Metamaterials are odd, they’re freaks of nature, and now they’re going digital which opens up an amazing number of possibilities.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As you’ll know by now I follow a huge number of technologies,...

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US startup uses an old NASA recipe to create “meat” from thin air

US startup uses an old NASA recipe to create “meat” from thin air

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we investigate new ways to feed the planet some of the breakthroughs in food production are “unconventional.”   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you should have heard of...

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Researchers create a bone like metal foam that heals at room temperature

Researchers create a bone like metal foam that heals at room temperature

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When metal breaks it takes a huge amount of energy and heat to fix it, but this new breakthrough fixes that problem.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. For 6,000 years, humans have been making things from metal...

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4D Bio-Printing emerges to help scientists print better human organs

4D Bio-Printing emerges to help scientists print better human organs

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D Printing human organs has its problems so scientists created a 4D Bio-Printing technology to solve them and pave the way for better printed, on demand, human organs that grow with their hosts.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my...

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Hypersonic flight a step closer after revolutionary British hypersonic engine aces tests

Hypersonic flight a step closer after revolutionary British hypersonic engine aces tests

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of flight isn’t just supersonic, it’s hypersonic, and a new British hypersonic engine just aced its tests bringing it a step closer to commercial flight.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Hypersonic planes, like the stunning...

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World first as astronauts 3D print beef in space

World first as astronauts 3D print beef in space

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Getting food into orbit is expensive, and most of the food is dubious anyway, but 3D printing and new technologies are giving us entirely new ways to produce food anywhere and anytime.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog....

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Scientists develop the world’s first infinitely recyclable plastic

Scientists develop the world’s first infinitely recyclable plastic

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today’s plastics can’t be recycled forever because of the way they’re made and the way recycling systems today work, but a new breakthrough solves both these issues.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recycling sounds great in principle,...

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Watch the world’s largest 3D printer print a 25 foot boat

Watch the world’s largest 3D printer print a 25 foot boat

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D printing improves sustainability, lets us print products on demand and eliminate global supply chains, and revolutionises manufacturing. Now it’s scaling.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Boeing said many years ago that one day they’d like to...

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UK startup’s new method drastically reduces the cost of clean meat

UK startup’s new method drastically reduces the cost of clean meat

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Clean meat, real meat that is produced in the same way animals produce meat but outside the animal, will revolutionise food production – if the costs are right.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. It’s thought that lab...

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Gallium “heartbeat” discovery gives re-configurable electronics a boost

Gallium “heartbeat” discovery gives re-configurable electronics a boost

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today’s electronics are static, but tomorrow’s electronics will be able to re-configure themselves automatically as needed.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A drop of liquid gallium will oscillate like a beating heart when placed inside a ring-shaped...

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MIT’s new ink lets any object instantly change colour

MIT’s new ink lets any object instantly change colour

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The ability to change products colours and patterns dynamically opens up a whole new range of opportunities for personalisation.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The color-changing capabilities of chameleons have long bewildered willing observers. The philosopher Aristotle...

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Scientists accidentally 3D printed the world’s first liquid magnets

Scientists accidentally 3D printed the world’s first liquid magnets

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Magnetic liquids could open up a whole host of interesting applications, most of which we can’t imagine yet, but shape shifting robots could be one of those.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Let’s face it – polymorphic...

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