General Topics

Next-Generation Transport

06.09.2017 tribonet 147 Views
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 […]
origami robots
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Origami-inspired Robot for Space Exploration

25.08.2017 tribonet 55 Views
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 […]
graphene structure
Advanced Materials

The Science of Friction on Graphene

12.08.2017 tribonet 253 Views
  Sliding on flexible graphene surfaces has been uncharted territory until now, Graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon sheets just one atom thick, has been the subject of widespread research, in large part because of […]
nasa ISS
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ISS National Lab Enables Commercial Research

10.08.2017 tribonet 335 Views
A growing number of commercial partners use the International Space Station National Lab. With that growth, we will see more discoveries in fundamental and applied research that could improve life on the ground. Since 2011, when […]
friction tuning
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Vanishing Friction

01.08.2017 tribonet 641 Views
Illustration: Christine Daniloff/MIT and Alexei Bylinkskii A new technique tunes friction between two surfaces, to the point where friction can vanish. MIT researchers developed a frictional interface at the atomic level. The blue corrugated surface […]
Custom Tool Kit of the Future - Manufacturing and Processing
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Custom Tool Kit of the Future

15.07.2017 tribonet 65 Views
The world offers a wild number of tools to the modern tinkerer. Yet the perfect tool never seems to be within arm’s reach, or available at all. The angle of the handle is off, the […]