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Engineers develop smart material that changes stiffness when twisted or bent

5 days ago   |   By Electro IQ

A new smart and responsive material can stiffen up like a worked-out muscle, say the Iowa State University engineers who developed it.
Stress a muscle and it gets stronger. Mechanically stress the rubbery material - say with a twist or a bend - and the material automatically stiffens by up to 300 percent, the engineers said. In lab tests, mechanical stresses transformed a flexible strip of the material into a hard composite that can support 50 times its own weight.
Examples of the new smart material, left to right: A flexible strip; a flexible strip that stiffened when twisted; a flexible...
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Working in harmony: New insights into how packages of DNA orchestrate development

Working in harmony: New insights into how packages of DNA orchestrate development

5 days ago   |   By Phys.org

New research from Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah illuminates aspects of how an early embryo, the product of fertilization of a female egg cell by a male sperm cell, can give rise to all the many cell types of the adult animal. Researchers demonstrated that the hundreds of genes important for controlling embryonic development are all packaged in a unique manner in the early embryo - and even as far back as the paternal sperm - and that this packaging helps control how, when, and where different genes are expressed in the embryo. The findings, published today in the...
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Warm up with ‘Superhot' and March's other free Xbox Games With Gold

Warm up with ‘Superhot' and March's other free Xbox Games With Gold

The creative first-person shooter Superhot is among the free games offered through Xbox Games With Gold in March. As always, all four games are playable on Xbox One, with two... Read more ...

‘Fortnite' and ‘Diablo 3' rumored to be coming to Nintendo Switch

‘Fortnite' and ‘Diablo 3' rumored to be coming to Nintendo Switch

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Someone modified the Samsung Unpacked app to show the Galaxy S9 in AR

Someone modified the Samsung Unpacked app to show the Galaxy S9 in AR

By now, we have a pretty good idea of what the Samsung Galaxy S9 will look like along with its assortment of pretty colors in full press renders. Today there's a more unique... Read more ...

Fire Emblem Heroes brings Nintendo nearly one third of a billion dollars in...

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It was truly a great year for Nintendo and not just due to the success of the Switch, but its mobile gaming business seems to have brought the Japanese company a lot of money... Read more ...

Google Pay app now rolling out as Android Pay replacement

Google Pay app now rolling out as Android Pay replacement

After introducing new Google Pay branding for its mobile payment service last month, Google is now rolling the new service out. The Google Pay app is now live in the Play... Read more ...

Samsung Galaxy S9 design confirmed by AR experience in Unpacked app

Samsung Galaxy S9 design confirmed by AR experience in Unpacked app

Samsung is preparing to officially unveil the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ in the coming days. While much is known of the upcoming flagship - such as specs and colours - there are... Read more ...

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with Android 8.0 Oreo listed on Wi-Fi Alliance, Oreo...

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with Android 8.0 Oreo listed on Wi-Fi Alliance, Oreo update imminent?

A few hours ago, the dual-SIM variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with model number SM-N950F appeared on the Wi-Fi Alliance with Android 8.0 Oreo on board, a pointer that the... Read more ...

Flight Sim Developer Apologizes For Using Malware To Fight Piracy

Flight Sim Developer Apologizes For Using Malware To Fight Piracy

Developer Flight Sim Labs, the makers of various types of DLC and aircraft for Microsoft's Flight Simulator series of games, recently came under fire from its own community for... Read more ...

Assassin's Creed Origins New Game+ Mode Now Available With A Mysterious...

Assassin's Creed Origins New Game+ Mode Now Available With A Mysterious Reward At The End

The new game+ mode for Assassin's Creed Origins went live today, allowing players to bring a number of things with them forward into a new playthrough of the game. Players who... Read more ...

Only a fool would dare interrupt Boston Dynamics' SpotMini from opening a door

Only a fool would dare interrupt Boston Dynamics' SpotMini from opening a door

It was only a mere week ago that the world got to see what Boston Dynamics' SpotMini robot dog has been up to. Not only did it make a new friend, it also learned how to open... Read more ...