Scientists use defects to create a new programmable material

Scientists use defects to create a new programmable material

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Programmable materials are a new class of revolutionary materials that can be manufactured once and then programmed to alter their properties and shape on demand to suit a limitless number of use cases. New research by a team at Purdue University has shown that honeycomb...

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GE’s revolutionary industrial machines can have conversations with engineers

GE’s revolutionary industrial machines can have conversations with engineers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As emerging technologies combine we’re entering the era where we can talk to machines in the same way we talk to other people – and the possibilities are staggering.   As more and more emerging technologies mature – or, at least improve, we are gradually...

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GE’s 3D printed engine sets new 3D printing record

GE’s 3D printed engine sets new 3D printing record

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the quality and durability of 3D printed parts increases it is inevitable that more organisations will embrace the technology and reap the benefits.   While many people might think that we should have been able to 3D print entire engines, and other industrial equipment,...

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New heat resistant material breakthrough gives hypersonic flight a boost

New heat resistant material breakthrough gives hypersonic flight a boost

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Materials that don’t react to heat, or cold could make structures safer and solve one of the aerospace industry’s most troublesome issues.   Researchers at the University of Southern California have been trying to make a material that doesn’t respond to heat, and it seems...

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Physicists just turned a non superconductive material into a superconductor

Physicists just turned a non superconductive material into a superconductor

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Superconductors that could operate at room temperature would transform the healthcare, energy, technology and transportation industries.   For the first time, researchers have achieved superconductivity – the phenomenon of electrical conductivity with zero resistance – in a material that’s not a superconductor. The new technique...

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Wiivv paves the way for perfect fitting, 3D printed apparel

Wiivv paves the way for perfect fitting, 3D printed apparel

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The technology to create personalised, perfectly fitting clothing, or orthopedics, exists and it provides retailers and manufacturers with new market opportunities but the customer experience has to be as frictionless as possible.   The proliferation of 3D printing has made it possible to manufacture almost...

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Britain’s Royal Mint unveils the most secure coin in the world

Britain’s Royal Mint unveils the most secure coin in the world

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Royal Mint calls its new £1 coin a “pioneering” design and says that it will be much harder to counterfeit.   Having a currency that is hard to counterfeit is not only a matter of national security but it also helps to build confidence...

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Scientists can now see molecules and objects clearer than ever before

Scientists can now see molecules and objects clearer than ever before

Discovery paves the way for new breakthroughs in materials, molecular science, semiconductors and much more A team of scientists from Complutense University have managed to bypass a theoretical limit on optical resolution, allowing them to see more sharply than ever before. Their results are published in a paper in the journal...

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Fabric circuits open a door to smarter clothes

Fabric circuits open a door to smarter clothes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A new development in material science opens the door for the development of more advanced Smart Clothing.   Many of today’s smart clothes, such as those from Adidas, Athos, Nike, Ralf Lauren and Under Armour rely on sensors, such as EMG sensors, woven into the fabric...

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Inside Ginkgo, the gene factory where robots help make new weird synthetic organisms

Inside Ginkgo, the gene factory where robots help make new weird synthetic organisms

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Creating new lifeforms sounds like fun and they taste great too.   Raising glasses of genetically modified beer, the synthetic biologists at Ginkgo Bioworks celebrated the launch of their new automated lab last month and you can take a virtual tour of their facility here. By...

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Scientists create breakthrough everything-phobic nanomaterial

Scientists create breakthrough everything-phobic nanomaterial

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Sadly ANU’s new everything-phobic spray won’t keep children clean but everything else is game.   If you have not been able to bag an iPhone 7 or are still looking jealously at your friend’s dunk proof Galaxy, do not worry as scientists have created a...

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New programmable material breakthrough lets plastic flowers bloom

New programmable material breakthrough lets plastic flowers bloom

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Who needs to buy real flowers any longer when plastic ones are good enough?   Tick tock. Shape-shifting objects can now have their own version of a biological clock, thanks to a new material that transforms at a given time. Morphing materials are interesting because...

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Feeding the world with lab grown foods gets closer

Feeding the world with lab grown foods gets closer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF This could cause a conundrum – is lab made meat considered vegan?   From an environmental and humanitarian point of view it’s easy to argue the case for lab produced food. In order to feed the same global population lab grown foods would consume 55% less energy to...

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World records set to tumble on Rio 2016’s nano-tech track

World records set to tumble on Rio 2016’s nano-tech track

The Rio 2016 running track is the fastest ever and records will fall The running track of the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro passed inspection rounds on May 9th earlier this year and was unveiled to the world shortly afterwards. While, to many people it’s most striking feature might...

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Nanotech helps scientists create high definition colour holograms

Nanotech helps scientists create high definition colour holograms

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Scientists for the first time have created a technology that can display true, high resolution colour holograms but Hollywood holograms are still a way off.   By carefully arranging nanoblocks to display pixels on a metasurface, researchers have demonstrated that they can manipulate incoming visible light...

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Scientists travel to the edge of space to 3D print a heart

Scientists travel to the edge of space to 3D print a heart

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D bioprinting has long held the promise of ending organ donation lists, now there’s an end in sight.   A team of scientists working for the NASA and SpaceX contractor Techshot have become the first people in history to successfully 3D print a heart structure in zero gravity using human...

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Gourmet 3D printed food restaurant pops up in London

Gourmet 3D printed food restaurant pops up in London

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Move over Heston Blumenthal there’s a new printer in town.   Later this month, a 3D Printing pop up restaurant, called “Food Ink”, will open in London and settings start at £250 per head.     The restaurant promises to offer a completely different dining experience,...

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Nano watermarks sort the fakes from the originals

Nano watermarks sort the fakes from the originals

New nanotechnology aims to put a dent in the $745 billion counterfeit goods market Researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have developed a technique for embedding nanoscale photonic crystals into the glass face of a watch so that when it is exposed to UV light, the design...

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New vertical farm in New Jersey revolutionises farming

New vertical farm in New Jersey revolutionises farming

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Pesticide free farming that yields 75 times more produce that a traditional farm, is this the future of farming?   A 21,000 square metre vertical farm, capable of growing a million kilograms of pesticide free produce a year will open in Newark, New Jersey later...

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New metamaterial lays the foundation for light based computing

New metamaterial lays the foundation for light based computing

A new on chip metamaterial paves the way for than today’s platforms For the first time, physicists have designed an on-chip ‘metamaterial’ – a class of materials that display properties not found in nature – with a refractive index of zero, paving the way for light-based computers to transmit information at infinitely...

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