Morphing origami could lead to better concert halls and drones

A new origami that morphs from one pattern to another could improve acoustics in concert halls and crash protection systems for flying drones.

Josh Brown-Georgia Tech • futurity
April 18, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: drones self-assembly metamaterials science-and-technology acoustics

Hydrogel LEGO blocks stick together for microfluidics

A new kind of hydrogel material can react dynamically to its environment—bending, twisting and self-adhering on demand.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
March 22, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: robots materials-science 3d-printing self-assembly hydrogels science-and-technology microfluidic-arrays

Graphene crinkles create ‘molecular zippers’

Electrically charged crinkles in the graphene surface are responsible for a strange phenomenon.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
Jan. 31, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: graphene nanotechnology self-assembly science-and-technology

Watch: Morphing material goes from flat to face

A new rubbery, shape-shifting material goes from one sophisticated form to another on demand.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
Dec. 25, 2018 ~3 min

Tags: materials-science temperature self-assembly featured science-and-technology crystals

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