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Monday, 09 November 2015 12:50

Unbreakable Glass Strong Like Steel

Japanese scientists claim that they created a glass which is as strong as steel.

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  • Date occured Monday, 09 November 2015

The researcher Federico Augugliaro, uploaded the following video, which depicts two drones that without remote control build a bridge of ropes, which is able to lift the weight of an adult.

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  • Date occured Friday, 25 September 2015

Funded by the U.S. and UK governments in collaboration with higher education institutions in Brazil, China, India and Indonesia, a University of Pittsburgh-led consortium is one of 14 ne multilateral university partnerships created by the Global Innovation Initiative. The consortium’s winning proposal, “Bamboo in the Urban Environment,” brings together leading experts in bamboo and sustainable design to engage in extensive, cutting-edge analysis and testing of bamboo as a safe construction resource in urban areas.

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  • Date occured Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Denisa Buzatu, a student at Princeton University, has a vision for a shape-shifting façade that would increase the environmental sustainability of buildings. For her senior thesis, Buzatu is designing and prototyping a structure that shades the façade of a building by folding and adapting its shape in response to sunlight.

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  • Date occured Thursday, 21 May 2015

The ability of steel buildings to bend without fracturing, or ductility, allows for extreme lateral loading from earthquakes and wind. This loading, however, subjects the solid web and flanges of steel members to buckling and fracture, thus crumbling the flat, solid surface, and leading to the potential for great damage. Virginia Tech assistant professor Matthew Eatherton will be using a five-year, $500,000 National Science Foundation CAREER Award to research how steel plates with strategically removed geometric patterns may better withstand everyday loads and extreme events than the currently used standard steel plates.