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What Do Scientists Know About Mining Asteroids?
Not much--yet. Before we move to mining's final frontier, we'll have to fill in some gaps. Here's a visualized look at what we do know, and what we're lacking.
FYI: What Is Sea Foam? Where Does It Come From?
And is it dangerous?
How 3-D Printing Will Turn Homes Into Mini Factories
Consumer-grade multi-material printers could hit the market in the next decade. Here's why that matters.
Reimagining Buildings Of The Past With The Materials Of The Future
PopSci thought experiment: If we were to make a famous building today, what would we do differently? Two architects and a civil engineer weigh in.
Nanotube Yarn Infused With Wax Makes Incredibly Strong Artificial Muscles
Yarn muscles could launch catapults, power intelligent textiles, and help robots move more weight.
FYI: What Material Is Water Most Afraid Of?
"Water can slide off like ketchup."
The Science Behind 4 Of The Greatest Polymers Of All Time
Just because something is old doesn’t mean it isn’t still awesome!
MIT-Made Metamaterial Focuses Radio Waves, Could Yield Up-Close Views Of Molecules
The lab-built material focuses radio waves better than anything that occurs in nature.
7 Amazing Ways Nanotechnology Is Changing The World
Tiny nanoparticles are a huge part of our lives, for better or for worse.
The Smarter, Safer, Stronger, Far-Out Materials Of The Future
Self-repairing computers! Electronic skin! Bat-wing planes! A look at the amazing stuff that's changing the world.