Tech Tuesday 3/27/18 – Materials Edition
01 – I guess calling diamonds ‘Ice’ is more appropriate than I thought.
02 – A glass that is better at being a glass than glass is?
04 – Fish scales as a cheap, safe, and culturally/religiously non-problematic source of collagen for human use.
05 – Using air bubbles to quell hurricanes. (Yes, air is a material)
06 – When you hear about shape memory alloys being used in airplane wings to change the wing shape, I’m sure the idea that comes to mind is some futuristic wing that can reshape itself like a T-1000. Not quite, instead, the alloy replaces the heavy electro-mechanical and hydraulic systems that actuate flaps or sweep a wing. It’s a weight reduction strategy that also decreases the failure modes and maintenance overhead.
07 – Treating wood to make it stronger than steel, and super insulating as well.
08 – You got your metal in my rubber! You got your rubber in my metal! We got some strong rubber!
09 – Imagine if every transistor in a CPU was also part of the processor memory cache, or perhaps more accurately, if every CPU was a self contained Neural Network…
10 – A road trip that could certainly end with a BANG!
11 – They mention the obvious problem this could solve, but only talk about the more altruistic applications. I mean, bleeding control and insulation are cool, but affordable diapers made from biodegradable absorptive materials are a huge win.
12 – Perovskite cells that are getting the lead out (with titanium – so more environmentally friendly, but not exactly cheaper).
13 – Trade-offs, everything is about trade-offs. (Local volcanic rocks make for more environmentally friendly concrete, as long as you don’t need that concrete to be super strong).
14 – 3D printing titanium parts. It isn’t so much the material, or the method (3D printing), but rather the optimized shape the method can achieve with the material.
15 – Using fungi to let concrete heal itself.
16 – Water continues to be weird, and wet.
17 – Bad aluminum can be oh so good.
00 – Well, duh!
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