Textiles aren't just for clothes and furniture. A new exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York will put a number of cutting-edge textile applications on display. Opening April 8, Extreme Textiles: Designing for High Performance will showcase the engineered textiles used in military, aerospace, medical, architectural, and environmental applications. The exhibit will organize these textile examples according to key performance attributes—stronger, faster, lighter, smarter, and safer. For more information, visit http://rbi.ims.ca/4389-514.
Two different shape-shifting polymers have been announced from two different universities: Wyss Institute at Harvard University and Zhejiang University in eastern China. Both of them change their shapes when immersed in water, and the one from Wyss Institute was made with 3D-printing techniques.
When you think of the DARPA Robotics Challenge, you may imagine complex humanoid contraptions made of metal and wires that move like a Terminator Series T-90. But what actually happened at the much-vaunted event was something just a bit different.
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