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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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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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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Researchers use AI to create a “Self-driving lab” to solve climate change

Researchers use AI to create a “Self-driving lab” to solve climate change

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It doesn’t look like we humans are having much luck when it comes to solving climate change, so scientists are now getting AI onto the case.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. In...

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Adidas unveil world’s first fully recyclable sneakers that last you a lifetime

Adidas unveil world’s first fully recyclable sneakers that last you a lifetime

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Advances in new materials, production techniques and company processes mean we increasingly have a way to eliminate many forms of needless waste.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! Watch a keynote, grab a free book, read thousands of articles, and...

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Featured Futurist: How 4D Printing Will Shift the Shape of Manufacturing, SAP

Featured Futurist: How 4D Printing Will Shift the Shape of Manufacturing, SAP

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The way we design, imagine, and build products is being revolutionised by the emergence of creative machines and new sci-fi like manufacturing technologies.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More and connect with Matthew. In a brief period, 3D printing — the process...

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Ingenious new fabric cools you down and warms you up

Ingenious new fabric cools you down and warms you up

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We adapt to the weather by changing our clothes, but in the future our clothes will be able to adapt to the weather.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Recently I wrote about a new type of 3D printed fabric...

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New material could generate an infinite amount of energy from the coldness of space

New material could generate an infinite amount of energy from the coldness of space

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Earth has an energy shortage, apparently, and now we have yet another way to produce infinite clean energy forever.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. The obvious drawback of solar panels, despite the continuous sound of efficiency records being...

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Scientists use light to create a new state of physical matter

Scientists use light to create a new state of physical matter

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The ability to combine light and physical matter to create a new type of hybrid matter opens the door to creating new materials and products with extraordinary capabilities.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Recently scientists have turned light...

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Scientists unveil self-healing asphalt to end potholes

Scientists unveil self-healing asphalt to end potholes

WHY TIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many a motorist has been upended by potholes, as their cars clang into one, this might be a way to end them for good.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Self-healing materials are in vogue at the moment with...

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Google secretly spent $10million on a 4 year Cold Fusion experiment

Google secretly spent $10million on a 4 year Cold Fusion experiment

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Cold Fusion is thought to be impossible, but if it isn’t it would change the world, so Google went to try and discover it.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. The journal Nature last week revealed the results of a 4-year, $10...

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Revolutionary re-programmable material cannibalises itself to make new structures

Revolutionary re-programmable material cannibalises itself to make new structures

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As your understanding of material science improves we’re edging towards a future where materials take on sci-fi like qualities.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. For the first time ever scientists at the US Department of Energy and Oak...

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Scientists have created a living material that has the three signs of life

Scientists have created a living material that has the three signs of life

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We often think of materials as static things, but what if they were alive?   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. The line between man made materials and living organisms is getting more blurred as time goes by, and it...

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New self-healing material rebuilds itself using carbon from the air

New self-healing material rebuilds itself using carbon from the air

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future it will be taken for granted that materials can self-heal, and they’ll be able to do it in a multitude of ways.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. In a world first researchers at MIT in...

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New 3D printed material heals itself after being cut in half

New 3D printed material heals itself after being cut in half

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF This is one of the first combinations of 3D Printing and Self-Healing materials, and it’s how many materials could be made in the future.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Recently teams of researchers showed off their self-healing computer...

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“Green” concrete could help cut global greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent

“Green” concrete could help cut global greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Concrete is a huge contributor to global green house gas emissions, so finding new ways to curb those emissions helps in the bigger battle against climate change.   In an age where we can 3D print houses and entire communities using a range of different...

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Scientists are teaching robots to share code and evolve just like animals

Scientists are teaching robots to share code and evolve just like animals

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We all too often think of machines, and robots, as static things, but new breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, manufacturing, and materials are giving them the power to evolve.   Bacteria do it, viruses do it. Worms, mammals, even bees do it. So our parents tell...

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First of a kind material lets solar panels generate electricity from snow

First of a kind material lets solar panels generate electricity from snow

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As our knowledge of materials and how they behave improves we can generate electricity from almost anything.   Scientists have announced that they’ve developed a first of its kind material that generates electricity from nothing other than, wait for it… snow. Based upon the principles...

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Perfect fitting one size fits all clothing has arrived

Perfect fitting one size fits all clothing has arrived

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Inventory is one of retailers biggest cash sinks, but now a new technology combo means retailers can buy one size from the manufacturer and custom fit it to every body shape in house.   You’re shopping for a sweater, and you spot one you love,...

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