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The mantis shrimp might not look like a formidable foe, but even as a human you don't want to be staring down the barrel of its immensely-powerful club. Now, researchers at Purdue University and the University of California, Riverside have discovered the mechanism behind just how the creature wields this weapon without permanently damaging itself, and the design strategy could inspire a ne
Silicon has long been the go-to material for solar cell technology, and for good reason: It's inexpensive, it's stable and it's efficient. Unfortunately in that last regard silicon is fast approaching its theoretical limit, but pairing it up with other materials could help break through that ceiling. Now, researchers at EPFL and CSEM have developed a new technique for combining silicon and
he had to do it. his father loves breakfast. The post LEGO breakfast machine cracks eggs, flips bacon, salts and peppers appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
NASA's Mars 2020 lander has experienced a minor hiccup during preparations for its mission to the Red Planet, with NASA revealing that structural testing has resulted in a fracture to the spacecraft's heat shield. The good news is, however, that the setback shouldn't mean a delayed launch... Continue Reading Cracks appear in heat shield, but NASA's Mars 2020 mission remains on track Categ
If you're a photographer, chances are you're at least somewhat familiar with the word "bokeh". Originally a Japanese term for how lenses render the out-of-focus parts of an image, it's rapidly turning into the latest photography buzzword. Most people have little idea of what bokeh really means, though, thinking that any kind of blurry background is "good bokeh." If they knew just slig
If cracks in concrete can be fixed when they're still tiny, then they can't become large cracks that ultimately cause structures such as bridges to collapse. It is with this in mind that various experimental types of self-healing concrete have been developed in recent years. One of the latest utilizes a type of fungus to do the healing...Continue Reading Self-healing concrete uses fungus to f


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