Sci-Fi Come to Life

For decades, science fiction in books and movies have captivated audiences worldwide, imagining new worlds and impossible scenarios, and perhaps most interestingly, new technologies.  From Star Wars to Back to the Future, our culture has become obsessed with these fantastical stories.  We may not have lightsabers to fight our battles, or DeLoreans which can take […]

A Study in Contradictions

Materials Science and Engineering is an interesting field because at times it seems to contradict itself.  It combines science, a theoretical field, and engineering, which is all about application.  Materials range from aerogels, the lightest material ever made, to graphene, a single atom-thick sheet of which is 200 times stronger than steel.  The new materials […]

Materials Gone Wild

More than 953,000 species of animals have been described around the world.  From mammals to invertebrates, the characteristics displayed by these species are remarkably diverse.  These organisms often have interesting properties, which can inspire new materials.  Plants can inspire new materials as well, they often have interesting structural or adhesive properties. Maybe the most well-known […]

The Sound of Music

If you’ve ever played a musical instrument for more than a few years, you’ve probably found yourself thinking about an upgrade.  ‘Imagine how good I would be,’ you think to yourself, ‘if only I had that platinum flute instead of this silver coated one.’  You scrimp and you save, maybe for years, and you finally […]

Printers are a Girl’s Best Friend

Additive manufacturing these days is more of a buzzword than anything else.  Yes, everyone has heard of the 3-D printer, but to what extent does the general populace understand its complexities?  In today’s post, we’re going to outline one of the different types of 3-D printers available and under development, as well as the possible […]

A Tale of Two Hobbies: Part 2

Please Note: This post is a continuation of last week’s entry, “A Tale of Two Hobbies: Part 1”.   One day, Samuel Kistler, a farmer, was spreading some jelly on his toast when he wondered what was holding that gel together.  It occupied a space somewhere between a solid and a liquid, and so Kistler […]

A Tale of Two Hobbies: Part 1

When you think of the future of materials science and engineering, you probably don’t think of origami or canning.  Neither would most people.  I, however, know something that most people don’t, the origin of two amazing materials: metamaterials and aerogels.  Due to space constraints, today’s post will just be about metamaterials, but don’t you worry, […]

Bridge Over Troubled Water

We drive on them, we walk on them, we even ride our bikes over them, and yet as we pass them on our daily commute they fade into the scenery like so many oak trees.  These valuable mechanisms have been around since the Mesopotamian society, and they provide the quickest means to get from one […]