Silicon Velcro An exotic form of silicon that can be stuck together and then peeled apart has been developed by German researchers. Thematerial, dubbed "silicon Velcro", could be used to manufacturemicroprocessors and devices that manipulate fluids on microscopicscales. Researchers at the Technical Universityof Ilmenau in Germany created the material from "black silicon".
Known as "auxetic" substances, these materials include some foams and special crystals. Researchers at the Bar-Ilan University and the Israel Institute of Technology have now used quantum mechanical calculations to identify the first class of chemical compounds that behave auxetically on a molecular level. Auxetic materials
d3o technology is a specially engineered material with intelligent molecules that flow with you as you move but on shock lock together to absorb impact energy. Because of the nature of the material d3o has numerous possible applications. d3o lab's first innovation with its material is in human body protection. d3o shock absorbing technology
Artificial gecko coating If engineers could create a material that matches the nimble lizard's incredible grip, we could make super-grip shoes for athletes and tyres that hold the road better in all weathers, for example. The hairs on a gecko's feet - called setae - are the key to its remarkable grip on just about any surface, rough or smooth, wet or dry. The tips of the setae are so sticky that geckos can hang from a ceiling with their entire weight suspended from a single toe.Two microscopic polymer bumps, roughly the same size as those on a seta, have the same sticking power as a gecko hair.
Conductive polymer can be both flexible and rigid The boffins at Sony's Tokyo labs are working on a clever way to get bulky electronic devices into small pockets.
Method, system and computer product for performing geometric dimension and tolerance stack-up analysis
Portable computer display tilt/swivel mechanism and method
Multiaxial hinge assembly with rotational direction indicator
S-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g electrical conductance to the limit In research appearing in today's issue of Nature Nanotechnology , Tao describes a method for mechanically controlling the geometry of a single molecule, situated in a junction between a pair of gold electrodes that form a simple circuit. The manipulations produced over tenfold increase in conductivity.