Plant inspiration could lead to flexible electronics

Versatile, light-weight materials that are both strong and resilient are crucial for the development of flexible electronics, such as bendable tablets and wearable sensors. Aerogels are good candidates for such applications, but until now, it’s been difficult to make them with both properties. Now, researchers report that mimicking the structure of the ‘powdery alligator-flag’ plant […]

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Engineers Create Self-Folding Origami Using Plastic and Light-Sensitive Ink

Between self-driving cars and self-lacing Nikes, humans barely have to do anything for themselves anymore.Engineers from North Carolina State University made self-folding origami by cleverly combining a heat-shrinking plastic and light-absorbing ink, which respond differently to different colors of light, according to paper published in Sciences Advances. Scientists were able to control the sequence the sheets folded by […]

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