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For Safety and Control, the Metal Bat Gets Reinvented
The Trend Hollow aluminum bats that strike balls more like wooden ones, mimimizing the often-unsafe boost of lighter, faster-swinging bats...
Researchers Create Moldable Metals That Are Stronger Than Steel
Plastics are great because they are so easily moldable into just about anything, but that manipulability also often introduces a...
Future Robots Could Use Manhole Covers To Navigate Through Cities
Forget GPS and streaming video — future legions of city-dwelling robots may navigate using manhole covers. The ubiquitous round metallic covers...
New Metallic Glass Beats Steel as the Toughest, Strongest Material Yet
Materials scientists in California have made a special metallic glass with a strength and toughness greater than any known material,...
With China Clamping Down on Rare-Earth Metals, Japanese Manufacturers Devise Clever Alternatives
If necessity is the mother of invention, maybe China is the wicked stepmother. In an effort to thwart Chinese restrictions...
Self-Insulating Ceramics Could Replace Metal in Car Engines
Sudden temperature changes, the classic weakness of ceramics, are no problem for these high-strength materials
Guess This Tool Revealed: Spring Tubing Benders
This week's obscure tool is one way to bend small diameter tubing
Guess This Tool, Win a Tool
Tell us what this is and win a Stanley Fatmax tape measure
Guess This Tool #4 Revealed: The Lathe Boring Bar
If recognized this as an important bit of metal lathe tooling, you're a winner
Tool School: Let the Sparks Fly
Here's how to master the angle grinder, a screaming tool that, for better or worse, can wreak havoc on metal