Category Archives: Materials

  • PreScouter Journal 2017 Roundup & 10 Most Read Articles

    It has been quite a year for the PreScouter Journal. Thanks to our great team and valued readers, the journal received 3 unique awards in 2017: PreScouter Journal named one of the Top 50 Innovation Websites and Blogs for Innovators & Inventors. PreScouter Journal named one of the ... READ MORE

    By: PreScouter Journal
  • How 3D printing is revolutionizing veterinary medicine

    3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is currently impacting several industries due to its flexibility and cost saving potential allowing it to create a solid object of virtually any shape. It allows permits using a variety of starting materials that include plastic, metal, ceramic, and even living cells. ... READ MORE

    By: Sushil Paudyal
  • What bioinspired materials can be used to address water purification?

    Water accessible for human consumption is estimated to be about 0.007% of fresh water, which itself amounts to barely 3% of water resources on Earth. The UN World Water Development Report of 2016  highlights the problem of water scarcity which is expected to affect about 1.8 billion peopl .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rebecca Alexander
  • Is there a way to degrade plastic?

    The problem: Plastic products have become an essential part of our everyday lives. Recycling is a good way to reuse plastic products, but devising a way to get rid of plastic is of utmost importance. It may come as a shock to know that less than 10% of plastic waste in the US is recycled. So, here’s what happens to the massive amount of non recycled plastic waste. The plastic problem in numbers: An estimated 275 m .. ... READ MORE

    By: Huawei Zhou
  • What are the applications of additive manufacturing in space?

    Additive Manufacturing, essentially the industrial version of 3D printing, has been used for items such as medical implants and plastic prototypes; but never before has it been used to mass produce critical parts of space technology. Additive manufacturing is being used to produce engines and satellites. It may ev .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • What Is Lean Construction and Why Should You Care?

    The construction industry in America is in crisis. As an industry, it is struggling with inflation costs, poor quality standards, competent labor shortages and worker dissatisfactions. All being symptomatic of the deeper problems inherently within the construction fields. The primary realization by professionals in the construction fields is that these problems have basic solu .. ... READ MORE

    By: Jessica Kane
  • Conductive Graphene Aerogel

    Aerogel was invented in the 1930s, and developed for insulation applications. It is among the lightest solid materials, fabricated from removing the liquid within gels through supercritical drying. Its excellent mechanical and chemical properties have attracted great attention from research institutions and industrial corporations. Since the 196 .. ... READ MORE

    By: Huawei Zhou
  • Evolution of Robots: GelSight Sensors Enable Human-Like Touch

    Popular science fiction books and movies have long toyed with the idea of human-like robots. Recent research at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has brought reality one step closer to such a possibility by improving the sensitivit .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rebecca Alexander
  • The Successes and Failures of 3D Printed Prosthetics

    The 3D printing industry has expanded rapidly over the last few years, with one of its most notable areas of application being the health and medical industry. Innovations include printing everything from medications to ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • This Breathable Workout Suit Stops Sweat

    One troublesome side-effect of working out is dealing with the sweat and stink that follow. This problem magnifies when one has to commute back to work/home or simply be around other people. This can be a major deterrent to people with busy schedules, if not the sole excuse for their forgotten gym membership. Recent pr .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rebecca Alexander
  • The Latest in Concrete Innovations: Programmable Cement

    According to Architect Magazine, concrete is humanity’s most consumed substance after water. Cement is also said to be responsible for 5% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Infrastructure Development’s Dependency on Investment and Oil Prices

    There’s a need for America to invest in infrastructure. Though there may be funding, there are other factors that affect how the funding is applied. We’ll look at investment funding and how oil prices factor into infrastructure investment. Saudi Arabia Invests in U.S. Infrastructure While the U.S. needs to invest in infrastructure, until recently, funding was limited. When President Trump be .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Building Eco-Friendly Concrete to Reduce Carbon Footprint

    Climate change is a serious problem threatening mankind today and a recent development from MIT may help reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Roland Pellenq, a senior research scientist in the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and research director at France’s National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), along with his colleague Franz-Josef Ulm, a professor of CEE and director of the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (C .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rebecca Alexander
  • Highly Efficient Porous Materials Inspired by Leaf Veins and Insect Spiracles

    Nature serves as one of life’s most creative and innovative scientists, and can sometimes provide us with examples of highly optimized and efficient systems. An international team of researchers led by Professor Bao-Lian Su, a life member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge and who is also .. ... READ MORE

    By: Ezinne Achinivu
  • Wolverine-Inspired Material for Self-Healing Smartphones

    What do all smartphones have in common, regardless of price or manufacturer? Other than the ‘smart’ aspect, all may crack or even shatter to pieces if dropped. Even though some show more resilience than others, no existing smartphone is truly break proof.  ... READ MORE

    By: Rebecca Alexander
  • No Animals Harmed: Sustainable Alternatives to Animal Leather

    Though the use of animal hides dates to prehistory, now traditional leather manufacturers have to compete with more eco-friendly and humane alternative materials. The manufacturing of animal-derived leather creates a large carbon footprint based on the substantial amount of natural resources required to raise livestock. Now, they are facing off ag .. ... READ MORE

    By: Leah Sheline
  • Current and Potential Applications of Carbon Nanotubes

    As nanotechnology continues to emerge as the scientific beacon of the future, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are no exception. Carbon nanotubes are 100 times stronger than steel but at one-sixth the weight. They also conduct heat and electricity better than copper. Harnessed pro .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • New Class of Polymers Waiting to Be Commercialized: Meet Titan and Hydro

    Making discoveries by accident is still applicable. In 2014, IBM discovered a new class of materials – thermoset recyclable polymers. This discovery has the potential to disrupt almost every industry including engineering, transportation and aerospace, as well as semiconductors industry. It was published in the prestigious peer-reviewed journal,  ... READ MORE

    By: Marija Jovic
  • 3D Printing – Where Did It All Start?

    3D Printing, a way of making objects directly from computer models, is growing in adaptability. Several industries are adopting 3D printing from customized medical devices to paintings to satellites. But, where did it all start? Additive Manufacture (AM) is the general name for the processes which buil .. ... READ MORE

    By: David Pollard
  • 3D Printing and the Future of Construction

    Earlier this month, Apis Cor announced the construction of a full building using its concrete 3D Printer. The company joins a trend that has started to emerge ever since Chinese company, Winsun shocked the construction world with the announcement that they used 3D Printing to erect 10 homes in a single day. With promises to lower construction times (printers can work 24/7), decrease raw materials use, e .. ... READ MORE

    By: João Guerreiro
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