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Rice University materials scientist Rafael Verduzco and graduate student Morgan Barnes check a sample while working on shape-shifting polymers. They have created a liquid crystal elastomer that can be molded into shapes that shift from one to another when heated. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)
Mighty morphing materials take complex shapes

December 21, 2018

Rice University scientists have created a rubbery, shape-shifting material that morphs from one sophisticated form to another on…
‘Space Fabric’ Links Fashion and Engineering

April 19, 2017

Raul Polit-Casillas grew up around fabrics. His mother is a fashion designer in Spain, and, at a young…
3D printed metamaterial shrinks when heated

October 25, 2016

Members of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Additive Manufacturing Initiative are among a group of researchers who have developed…
With simple process, engineers fabricate fastest flexible silicon transistor

April 22, 2016

One secret to creating the world’s fastest silicon-based flexible transistors: a very, very tiny knife. Working in collaboration…
Uncovering the secrets of elastin’s flexibility

February 8, 2016

Elastin is a crucial building block in our bodies. Its flexibility allows skin to stretch and twist, blood…
Soft robot changes color as it grips and walks

October 16, 2015

Soft robots can bend, walk and grip. And, unlike their rigid counterparts, some can get flattened and bounce…
Inspired by venus flytrap, researchers develop folding ‘snap’ geometry

August 27, 2015

Inspired by natural “snapping” systems like Venus flytrap leaves and hummingbird beaks, a team led by physicist Christian…
Researchers build, morph chemical patterns on stretchable surfaces

August 24, 2015

With just a slight stretch of the imagination — and some elastic material — UNL researchers have shown…
A thin ribbon of flexible electronics can monitor health, infrastructure

August 22, 2015

A new world of flexible, bendable, even stretchable electronics is emerging from research labs to address a wide…
Like paper, graphene twists, folds into nanoscale machines

July 30, 2015

The art of kirigami involves cutting paper into intricate designs, like snowflakes. Cornell physicists are kirigami artists, too,…
A jump for soft-bodied robots

July 16, 2015

Traditional robots are made of components and rigid materials like you might see on an automotive assembly line…
All-plastic solar cell could help power future flexible electronics

June 26, 2015

If you picture a solar panel, it’s most likely dark blue or black, and rigid and flat. Now…
Researchers Create Transparent, Stretchable Conductors Using Nano-Accordion Structure

June 17, 2015

Researchers from North Carolina State University have created stretchable, transparent conductors that work because of the structures’ “nano-accordion”…
How to make ceramics that bend without breaking

September 27, 2013

Ceramics are not known for their flexibility: they tend to crack under stress. But researchers from MIT and…
Origins and uses of wrinkles, creases, folds in nanostructured materials

July 29, 2013

New research into the origins of — and structural differences between — wrinkles, creases, and folds could have…
Development of nonvolatile liquid anthracenes for facile full-colour luminescence tuning

June 25, 2013

A research team from the National Institute for Materials Science has developed a full-colour tunable luminescent liquid material…
A folding ceramic

April 2, 2013

Scientists in Stuttgart are currently doing things to a ceramic, which would normally result in a pile of…
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