Bioinspired Cement Paste for Stronger and more Durable Concrete

Researchers at MIT are seeking to redesign concrete — the most widely used human-made material in the world — by following nature’s blueprints. In a paper published online in the journal Construction and Building Materials, the team contrasts cement paste — concrete’s binding ingredient — with the structure and properties of natural materials such as … Continue reading “Bioinspired Cement Paste for Stronger and more Durable Concrete”

GIFcell: A low-dissipation, pumpless, gravity-induced flow battery

A new approach to the design of a liquid battery, using a passive, gravity-fed arrangement similar to an old-fashioned hourglass, could offer great advantages due to the system’s low cost and the simplicity of its design and operation, says a team of MIT researchers who have made a demonstration version of the new battery. Liquid … Continue reading “GIFcell: A low-dissipation, pumpless, gravity-induced flow battery”

Xiaomi unveils the Mi Drone, an Affordable and Modular Quadcopter

China’s most popular consumer electronics maker Xiami has announced its first drone named “MI” , pricing it significantly lower than a comparable model by the market leader DJI. Xiaomi’s Mi Drone is a quadcopter with a three-axis gimbal, 4K camera, and a remote control that uses your Mi smartphone as its viewfinder. The 4K version … Continue reading “Xiaomi unveils the Mi Drone, an Affordable and Modular Quadcopter”

Printing metal in midair. 3D Printing and Laser Annealing of conductive metallic inks

“Flat” and “rigid” are terms typically used to describe electronic devices. But the increasing demand for flexible, wearable electronics, sensors, antennas and biomedical devices has led a team at Harvard’s Wyss Institute to innovate an eye-popping new way of printing complex metallic architectures – as though they are seemingly suspended in midair. This laser-assisted direct … Continue reading “Printing metal in midair. 3D Printing and Laser Annealing of conductive metallic inks”

Gboard Adds Google’s Search Box to iPhone Keyboards

Google has released a new app for your iPhone that lets you search and send information, GIFs, emojis and more, right from your keyboard. This new iOS keyboard app is named as “Gboard”. Say you’re texting with a friend about tomorrow’s lunch plans. They ask you for the address. Until now it’s worked like this: … Continue reading “Gboard Adds Google’s Search Box to iPhone Keyboards”