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Non-cuttable material inspired by grapefruits and seashells

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Researchers at Durham University and the Fraunhofer Institute developed what they say is the first manufactured non-cuttable material. The engineers were inspired by the tough cellular skin of the grapefruit and the fracture-resistant shells of ...

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The world’s first 3D printed fibreglass boat

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Designed by Italian design company Moi Composites, the MAMBO (Motor Additive Manufacturing BOat) is said to be the world’s first 3D printed fibreglass boat. The boat was made of a continuous fibreglass thermoset material, in ...

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A bicycle wheel that filters outdoor air pollution

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Called Rolloe, this bicycle wheel uses the riders motion to filter outdoor pollution, cleaning the air as they cycle. The bicycle wheel uses motion and rotation to capture outdoor air pollution, including particulate matter and ...

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New state of matter: liquid glass

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A team of researchers from the University of Konstanz, Germany, discovered a new state of matter of glass: liquid glass. While glass may seem like a run-of-the-mill material, scientifically, it is something of a mystery. ...

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Living materials inspired by kombucha tea

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Engineers at MIT and Imperial College London developed a new way to generate tough, functional materials, using a mixture of bacteria and yeast similar to the way kombucha tea is made. Kombucha is fermented tea, ...

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3D printed acoustic fungus

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Researchers at the German Fraunhofer Institute are investigating the use of fungus based materials for the fabrication of eco-friendly sound absorbers. With healthy buildings becoming increasingly important, acoustics are high on the agenda. Especially in ...

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