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Cartilage Car is Made From 3D Printed Polymers

Cartilage Car is Made From 3D Printed Polymers

The 3D printing technique used to create the outer body of this car constructs layers of a cartilage-like material through new molecular constructions of polymers, resins, rubbers and silicone, which are

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ICD and ITKE’s Robotically Woven Pavilion Mimics the Structural Performance of Beetle Shells

ICD and ITKE’s Robotically Woven Pavilion Mimics the Structural Performance of Beetle Shells

Another of the Institutes’ bionic research pavilions, the structure investigates the structural performance of protective shells of beetles. These have proven to be a suitable role model for highly

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How to Green Up Your Sex Life

How to Green Up Your Sex Life

Set an Eco-friendly Mood Eco-minded actual sex is fun, but setting the mood beforehand is also important and can be just as green and fun. Liven up your space and self with some of the green tips

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Durable Solidwool Chair is Made from Upland Herdwick Sheep’s Wool

Durable Solidwool Chair is Made from Upland Herdwick Sheep’s Wool

Designer Justin Floyd has cooked up a durable new furniture material made from wool - right in his own oven. Called “Solidwool,” the hard yet warm material can be used to build chairs, countertops and

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Scientists Train Genetically Modified E. coli Bacteria to Mass Produce Super Strong Spider’s Silk

Scientists Train Genetically Modified E. coli Bacteria to Mass Produce Super Strong Spider’s Silk

Spider's silk is such an amazing and versatile substance, it's hard not to get the feeling that Mother Nature intended it for much more than a sticky web in the corner. This seemingly insignificant thread

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Stratasys Unveils the World’s First Multi-Color, Multi-Material 3D Printer

Stratasys Unveils the World’s First Multi-Color, Multi-Material 3D Printer

3D printer manufacturer Stratasys just unveiled the world’s first multi-color, multi-material 3D printer. The new technology can quickly create objects from combinations of soft, rigid and transparent

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Plant-Based Cellulose Super Material is as Stiff as Steel

Plant-Based Cellulose Super Material is as Stiff as Steel

Recent scientific findings that unveil the remarkable structural performance of plants could completely change what we think of as "green architecture." Researchers at Purdue University who conducted an

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The Biomimicry Manual: How Do Beavers Create Business Opportunity?

The Biomimicry Manual: How Do Beavers Create Business Opportunity?

I’m fascinated by creatures that create new ways of life for others. Ecologists talk about ‘keystone species,’ ones which support entire ecosystems, like the central stone in a renaissance archway.

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Rose-Like Nano Coating Could Keep Airborne Viruses Out of Planes

Rose-Like Nano Coating Could Keep Airborne Viruses Out of Planes

Photo via Shutterstock In another awesome project inspired by nature, scientists developed a new type of nano coating that makes a surface stay wet or keep it completely dry, and it never needs to be

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Panda Poop Microbes Could Lead to Biofuel Production that Doesn’t Use Corn

Panda Poop Microbes Could Lead to Biofuel Production that Doesn’t Use Corn

Pandas at the Memphis Zoo may be contributing to their upkeep soon thanks to research from the Mississippi State University. This week, scientists presented research at the 246th National Meeting &

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Penn State Creates Thin and Flexible Glass for Renewable Energy Storage

Penn State Creates Thin and Flexible Glass for Renewable Energy Storage

One of the greatest challenges to the widespread adoption of renewable energy and electric cars has been the issue of affordable, high-volume energy storage. To scientists at Penn State however, the

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Biomimicry 3.8 Founder Janine Benyus Says Biomimicry is the Key to a Green 3D Printing Revolution

Biomimicry 3.8 Founder Janine Benyus Says Biomimicry is the Key to a Green 3D Printing Revolution

Sunflower photo from Shutterstock 3D printing is one of today's most exciting emerging technologies - few other developments have as much potential to shape the way we make things and the world as we

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MIT Scientists Create 3D-Printed Artificial Bone

MIT Scientists Create 3D-Printed Artificial Bone

Scientists at MIT have figured out a way to produce a 3D-printed artificial bone that is just as lightweight and durable as the real thing. By analyzing the structural patterns found in natural bone and

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Mataerial is an Anti-Gravity 3D Printer That Can Function in Space

Mataerial is an Anti-Gravity 3D Printer That Can Function in Space

Full color 3D printers not high-tech enough for you? How about one that can work in the anti-gravity conditions of space? Meet Mataerial, designed by Petr Novikov and Saša Jokić. Instead of extruding

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Emerging Objects Creates Eco-Friendly 3D Printing Materials

Emerging Objects Creates Eco-Friendly 3D Printing Materials

These days, 3D printers can create just about anything - from human organs to deadly weapons. But one innovation we haven't previously seen in 3D printing? Printer filament made from of planet-friendly

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MIT and Harvard’s 3D-Printed Inchworm Robot Can Assemble Itself

MIT and Harvard’s 3D-Printed Inchworm Robot Can Assemble Itself

The first sure sign of a robot uprising will be when robots gain self-awareness and begin acting autonomously - and if this self-assembling robot is any indication, we're well on our way to the

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UCSD Developing Body Armor Inspired by Seahorse Tails

UCSD Developing Body Armor Inspired by Seahorse Tails

Seahorse photo from Shutterstock A team from the University of California, San Diego has taken inspiration from the tails of seahorses to create a new flexible material that could have a wide range of

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Duke Researchers Create a DIY Invisibility Cloak Using a 3D Printer

Duke Researchers Create a DIY Invisibility Cloak Using a 3D Printer

Until recently, invisibility cloaks were the stuff of private laboratories or fantasy novels. Now, engineers from Duke University have taken advantage of 3D printing technology to fabricate an obscuring

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Spent Nuclear Fuel Could Be Used to Sterilize Medical Products and Foods

Spent Nuclear Fuel Could Be Used to Sterilize Medical Products and Foods

Photo via Shutterstock For decades, engineers have been looking for something to do with spent nuclear waste other than letting it just sit in a repository. There are 104 nuclear reactors in the

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New Bio-Solar Panels Are Made from Cotton and Castor Beans

New Bio-Solar Panels Are Made from Cotton and Castor Beans

A new type of solar panel component, developed by California-based solar company BioSolar, is made from a material derived from cotton and castor beans. Called BioSolar Backsheets, these products are

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Scientists Use Pine Sap to Create Biodegradable, Renewable Plastics

Scientists Use Pine Sap to Create Biodegradable, Renewable Plastics

Photo via Shutterstock As we begin to see the devastating effects of plastic pollution on our environment, scientists are working towards generating more eco-friendly alternatives to petroleum-based

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MIT Turns Carbon Dioxide from Bioengineered Soil Bacteria into Clean Biofuel

MIT Turns Carbon Dioxide from Bioengineered Soil Bacteria into Clean Biofuel

Scientists at MIT have genetically engineered a soil bacteria that can create fuel for cars. The bioengineered Ralstonia eutropha converts carbon into isobutanol—an alcohol that can replace or blend

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UK Marine Biological Association Finds a Third of All Fish in UK Waters Suffer From Plastic Contamination

UK Marine Biological Association Finds a Third of All Fish in UK Waters Suffer From Plastic Contamination

A joint report by Plymouth University and the UK Marine Biological Association has revealed that a third of fish collected off the coast of Plymouth, UK were found to contain traces of plastic. The study

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MIT Develops Polymer Film That Harvests Energy From Water Vapor

MIT Develops Polymer Film That Harvests Energy From Water Vapor

Researchers at MIT just developed a new bio-polymer film that is able to generate electricity from a readily available source: water vapor. The material changes its shape as it absorbs evaporated water.

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Scientists Usher in a New Age for Augmented Reality With LCD Displays for Contact Lenses

Scientists Usher in a New Age for Augmented Reality With LCD Displays for Contact Lenses

Soon, you may literally be staring into the future of augmented reality. Researchers from imec and The Centre of Microsystems Technology (CMST) at Ghent University in Belgium have developed a spherical,

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UK Researchers Create a Circuit Board that Completely Dissolves in Hot Water

UK Researchers Create a Circuit Board that Completely Dissolves in Hot Water

Recycling electronics is a challenge, particularly as they become smaller and more tightly sealed. But the National Physical Laboratory in the UK looks to change that with a newly invented circuit board

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3D Printing Gets a Boost in Structural Strength Thanks to a New Sofware Application

3D Printing Gets a Boost in Structural Strength Thanks to a New Sofware Application

3D printers are everywhere these days, creating items from racecars to prosthetic beaks for bald eagles. Sadly, one major drawback of this new technology is that the objects made from metals and plastic

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NASA: New Ultra-Thin, Flexible Aerogels Could be Used to Make Super-Insulated Clothing

NASA: New Ultra-Thin, Flexible Aerogels Could be Used to Make Super-Insulated Clothing

Aerogel is a space-age material famed for having the lowest bulk density of any known porous solid – it is has been described as “solid smoke” due to its lightness and has been used to

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16-Year-Old Egyptian Scientist Finds Way to Turn Plastic Waste Into $78 Million of Biofuel!

16-Year-Old Egyptian Scientist Finds Way to Turn Plastic Waste Into $78 Million of Biofuel!

Plastic waste photo from Shutterstock Egyptian teenagers are on a roll lately - if they're not proposing the next-generation of space propulsion systems, then they're figuring out how to use the

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Artist John O’Shea to Create a Bioengineered Pig’s Bladder Soccer Ball

Artist John O’Shea to Create a Bioengineered Pig’s Bladder Soccer Ball

John O'Shea, a British artist currently in residence at Liverpool University's Clinical Engineering department, has designed a fairly stomach-churning soccer ball: he plans to bioengineer a pig's bladder

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