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Mar 11, 2018No Comments

Plug-in-play building monitoring system Researchers at KieranTimberlake have developed a Wireless Sensor Network to monitor building performance and behavior. Seeking to make buildings as climate sensitive and responsive as our bodies, the researchers have created


Mar 04, 2018No Comments

Ultralight metallic cellular material Inspired by the lattice structures of ambitious works of engineering, such as the Eiffel Tower and the Golden Gate Bridge, researchers at HRL Laboratories have developed one of the world’s lightest


Feb 25, 2018No Comments

Cellulose-based polymer One of the first plastics was made from cellulose. In 1855 scientist Alexander Parkes created the first thermoplastic out of nitrocellulose and camphor. Later named celluloid in 1872, the material became the basis

Chitosan Bioplastic

Feb 18, 2018No Comments

Chitin-based biodegradable polymer Scientists at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed a new biopolymer that mimics the toughness, durability, and flexibility of natural insect cuticle. A biological composite with a structure


Feb 11, 2018No Comments

Smart foil responsive surface Lotus is a responsive surface made of pieces of smart foil that fold open in response to human proximity. When one approaches Lotus, hundreds of aluminum foils unfold themselves automatically, creating