Manufacturing Bits: Sept. 22

Superconductor puddles Superconductors are devices that have zero electrical resistance, making them attractive for a range of applications. But superconductors must be cooled down to temperatures near zero to work, which, in turn, limits their applications. High-temperature superconductors are more promising technologies, but once again, they must be cooled down to function. The industr... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: April 8

Making cheap diamonds Graphite and diamonds are two forms of the same element--carbon. In graphite, carbon atoms are arranged in planar sheets and the material is soft. On the other hand, diamonds consist of carbon atoms that are bonded in all directions, making these structures extremely hard. [caption id="attachment_11311" align="alignleft" width="150"] This illustration shows four layers... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: Dec. 3

Animal robots invade London The London Science Museum will premiere U-CAT, an underwater robot turtle designed to penetrate shipwrecks. In the exhibit, the museum will also showcase several robots that resemble an eel, bat, cheetah cub, tumbleweed, tuna, salamander and other creatures. Meanwhile, built by the Centre for Biorobotics at Tallinn University of Technology, U-CAT’s locomotio... » read more