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Next-Generation Transport

06.09.2017 tribonet
Thanks to MURI grants, UCSB mechanical engineers are working on refining and improving machines that move through air and water. For most of us, fluid dynamics and mechanics aren’t particularly significant — that is, until […]
Advanced Materials

New lubricated mussel-proof coating

05.09.2017 tribonet
It all began with a bet. At a conference in Italy in 2013, Nicolas Vogel, then a postdoctoral fellow in Joanna Aizenberg’s lab at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and […]
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Earthquakes and friction evolution

01.09.2017 tribonet
By simulating quakes in a lab, engineers study the way that friction changes along a fault during a seismic event By simulating earthquakes in a lab, engineers at Caltech have documented the evolution of friction […]
hyperloop mit
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MIT’s Hyperloop flies

28.08.2017 tribonet
MIT’s Hyperloop team levitates through its first test-run competition. Yiou He is ready to get to full speed. On a recent weekend in California, she felt the thrill of victory: She and MIT classmates became […]
origami robots
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Origami-inspired Robot for Space Exploration

25.08.2017 tribonet
The next rovers to explore another planet might bring along a scout. The Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot (PUFFER) in development at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, was inspired by origami. Its lightweight […]