Mollusc shells inspire super-glass that's 200 times stronger than ordinary glass. Using a 3D laser to engrave microscopic fissures into glass slides, then filling them with a polymer, the researchers found it made the glass 200 times tougher. The glass could absorb impacts better—yielding and bending slightly instead of shattering.
Using nanotechnology, researchers at University of Cambridge in the U.K. have synthesized a substance that has structural color much like opals. These "polymer opals" are also thin and flexible, and could be used in fabrics, security devices and even printed money. For the polymer opals, the researchers replaced the silica with spherical nanoparticles, and the water with a rubberlike substance that forms an outer shell.
Cheap solar cells made from shrimp shells | Researchers at QMUL have successfully created electricity-generating solar-cells with chemicals found the shells of shrimps and other crustaceans for the first time.
after researching the idea of visual & physical comfort, the bouroullec brothers knew they wanted to create a very comfortable piece – something unstructured and welcoming, between a quilt and a blanket. the quilt chair, sofa, and ottoman consist of an upholstered, honeycomb-like skin of hi-tech stretch fabric with individual foam inserts that’s fitted over a shell. the patchwork components are mathematical in design as well as decorative and give a comforting feel to these functional…
It's so hard to believe that this was 3.5 months ago! I did a ton of research before I started converting my van, but I had no relevant experience at all. My advice to anyone starting out on a #vanlife idea: TAKE YOUR TIME! Research, plan, research more. Gather ideas wherever you can, but don't be afraid to come up with your own. You'll learn a lot along the way - trust yourself and your gut feelings. Seeing the van go from an empty shell to a cozy, functional home on wheels has been such…
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In-Shell Pistachios--Researchers at Eastern Illinois University reported that eating in-shell pistachios resulted in eating 41% less calories compared to those who ate shelled nuts. The logic is that the nuts’ shell helps to trick the brain into thinking that you’ve eaten more than you actually have.