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I just found an interesting 'Technical Note' authored by Western Research Laboratory (WRL), a research group that was founded by Digital Equipment Corporation in 1982. 'Characterization of Organic Illumination ...

electroluminescence in pickles

Organic Materials, Techniques

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I just had a delivery of some Electroactive Polymer (EAP) to experiment with. EAP changes shape when voltage is applied, making it a great material for actuators or sensors. I found a great reference which lists ...

diy eap

Polymers, Techniques

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This happened back in 2008, but Daniel Burd, a 16-year-old school student, developed a way to make plastic bags degrade faster, achieving 43 per cent degradation within six weeks. Using ordinary household chemicals, yeast ...

plastic not fantastic

Polymers

Tinkercell is a computer-aided design (CAD) tool for synthetic biology. According to New Scientist, the package has a library of the components of life, from which users can pick different cells, membrane proteins, ...

TinkerCell

Tools

The new version of openArtist is an artist friendly Linux distro based on the latest Ubuntu KarmicKoala. openArtist features a streamlined interface (gnomebased), with integrated mouse gestures, custom menus, ...

new version of openArtist

Tools

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Researchers at Stanford University seem to have done it again. This time, a paper titled "Highly Conductive Paper for Energy Storage Devices," published on the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, describes a ...

nanotubes + ink + paper = instant battery

Conductive Materials, Paper

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Sugru is a brand new material developed specifically to "hack things better." Here are some of its extraordinary properties: Cures at room temperature Sugru is like modeling clay when you take it from its pack. Once ...

sugru :: a material for hacking things better

Polymers

I thought I'd share with you how methylenchlorid can be used to glue and fix different plastics. Here's an experiment I've just done using a hacked servo (continuous rotation) and polystyrene and methylenchlorid to make a ...

methylene chloride

Chemicals

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A simple switch made with QTC sheet. Quantum tunnelling composite (QTC) is a smart flexible polymer, with extraordinary electrical properties, used for pressure switching and sensing. In its normal state it's a ...

quantum tunnelling composite

Materials 101, Polymers

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Hot Glue (aka Hot Melt Glue, Thermoplastic Adhesive) This must be one of my favorite materials. It allows you to glue almost anything together in an often easy and semi-durable way. It dries pretty quickly so you don't ...

hot glue

Materials 101, Polymers

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Some things are so simple we don't even think about writing them down. We assume everyone knows them. Well, that may often be true, but not always. The materials 101 series is our attempt at systematizing, through a ...

materials 101

Materials 101

Sewing Rebellion was started by textile worker and activist Frau Fiber, under the gospel "stop shopping, start sewing," with the purpose of encouraging others to learn how to sew and thus be able to create unique and ...

sewing rebellion

Textiles