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New smart material when used into windows, sunroofs could control heat and light from sun

New smart material when used into windows, sunroofs could control heat and light from sun

A Nature Materials-published research paper has unveiled about the creation of a new flexible smart window material. This material if used into windows, sunroofs or curved glass surfaces will provide the power to control both heat and light from the sun.

Researchers from The University of Texas at Austin said that their work acts as a new low-temperature process to coat smart material on plastic making it easier and cost-effective when compared with normal coating done on the glass only.

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Researchers develop self-healing fabric

Researchers develop self-healing fabric

In future, we might not need a sewing needle to fix torn clothes as Pennsylvania State University (PSU) researchers have developed a nifty self-healing fabric. To develop the self-healing or self-mending fabric, the researchers applied a very simple process. They dipped torn clothes in certain special liquids, and the special coating of the certain liquids the ordinary clothes into self-healing clothes.

Researchers create self-mending clothing

Researchers create self-mending clothing

A team of researchers at Pennsylvania State University has claimed to have created self-mending clothing that will do away with the need to pull out a sewing needle in case of an unfortunate tear. The team led by Dr. Melik C. Demirel dipped clothing in a series of special liquid to create self-mending clothing that can simply knits back together following a tear. The researchers noted that they were attempting to create self-healing textiles for the first time.

Newly-developed stretchy touchpad could be worn on arm and used to play games

Newly-developed stretchy touchpad could be worn on arm and used to play games

Flexible screen is the new addition in the next generation phones and portable devices and it might even be integrated further. Researchers have developed a stretchy touchpad, which can be worn on the arm and used to play games like angry birds.

These days, touchpads and touchscreens are present on every device. But none of them can be as flexible as being integrated with the human body. Earlier as well scientists have explored stretchable touch panels, but their performance dropped significantly when stretched and completely failed when repeatedly stretched.

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Biodegradable liquid material inspired from squid ring teeth helps fabric to self-heal

Biodegradable liquid material inspired from squid ring teeth helps fabric to self-heal

A fabric-coating technology has been developed that allows conventional textiles to self-repair. Researchers from Pennsylvania State University have developed the material from squid ring teeth.

Prof. Melik Demirel said that natural fibers like wool or silk that are quite expensive are being used for making clothes and they are not even self-healing. Through the research, Demirel said that they have been looking for a way to include self-healing property in conventional textiles. This novel technology is a step towards that direction.

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Study refutes ice-free corridor theory by suggesting passageway became habitable 12,600 years back

Study refutes ice-free corridor theory by suggesting passageway became habitable 12,600 years back

A new study suggests that the long considered theory on how the first humans have traveled to United States could be not correct. General perception is first Americans have migrated to the continent through an ice-free corridor stretching from Alaska to Montana. But a new study has something different to offer.

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Deep Space Industries to land spacecraft on near-earth asteroid by 2020

Deep Space Industries to land spacecraft on near-earth asteroid by 2020

Deep Space Industries has shared about its plan to land a 110-pound spacecraft on a near-earth asteroid by 2020. The company has yet to finalize asteroid on which the spacecraft, Prospector-1, would land in 2020.

Main aim of the spacecraft would be to know the value of its resources for mining. Also, the company would put its water-based propulsion system to an interplanetary test. DSI’s board chairman and co-founder said that they have worked hard to reach at this level.

Lockheed Martin signs a contract with NASA to launch and deploy its 6U SkyFire CubeSat using SLS

Lockheed Martin signs a contract with NASA to launch and deploy its 6U SkyFire CubeSat using SLS

NASA’s Space Launch System will be launched likely in late 2018 or early 2019 with an aim to show it has the ability to deliver the Orion spacecraft into a lunar orbit. Along with it, 13 bays for CubeSats, shoe-box sized payloads would also be delivered into deep space.

Respective payload operators have been working to get things finalized with NASA. On Monday, Lockheed Martin announced that it has signed a contract with NASA to launch and deploy its 6U SkyFire CubeSat.

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SpaceX sends its first Raptor engine to its Texas test facility for firing

SpaceX sends its first Raptor engine to its Texas test facility for firing

SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell shared at the Small Satellite Conference in Utah that the company has sent its first Raptor engine to their McGregor, Texas test facility for firing. The Raptor is SpaceX’s next generation of rocket engine.

In comparison with the Merlin engines that power SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, the Raptor is three times more powerful. The latter will be used to power SpaceX’s next generation of rocket, Mars Colonial Transporter (MCT).

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New video camera captures rocket plume in unprecedented detail

New video camera captures rocket plume in unprecedented detail

Now, NASA has a camera that shows every minute detail of a rocket plume in unprecedented detail. The new High Dynamic Range Stereo X (HiDyRS-X) is able to record multiple slow motion exposures at one go by combining these shots into a high-definition video.

A rocket plume cannot be seen clearly because of its extreme brightness. This is one of the main reasons that it has never been captured properly. The new camera launched during NASA’s recent space launch test is able to show rocket plume in a great detail.

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