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Content posted in June 2012
Body Armor Is Inspired by Shrimp
Engineering Materials 
6/21/2012  17 comments
The mantis shrimp's club-like arms have a unique structure that makes them strong, tough, and lightweight. The structure could be adapted to make better body armor for soldiers, as well as stronger, more rugged military vehicle frames.
Airbus Delays Repair of Cracked A380 Wings
Engineering Materials 
6/19/2012  37 comments
Airbus has reportedly delayed making long-term repairs to the composite/metal wings of its A380 jet, which have developed hairline cracks due to materials and fastener mismatches.
Plastics, Adhesives & Coatings Miniaturize Products
Engineering Materials 
6/15/2012  12 comments
A wide array of materials aid engineers in the miniaturization of medical and consumer electronics and solar power equipment.
Corning's Paper-Thin, Flexible Display Glass
Engineering Materials 
6/13/2012  15 comments
Corning says its 100-micron Willow Glass is the first display material that can be made in high-volume roll-to-roll manufacturing processes for consumer electronics.
All-Plastic Electronics Power Flexible Color Display
Engineering Materials 
6/7/2012  32 comments
A flexible color display developed for an e-reader being tested in Russian schools is daylight readable, and has applications that go beyond conventional e-readers.
Metals Still Rule in Lightweighting
Engineering Materials 
6/6/2012  16 comments
The biggest transportation lightweighting role in the near term will be played by high-performance metals such as aluminum and advanced high-strength steel, according to LUX Research.




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