Two Technologies that Los Angeles Needs for the Coming Rise in Quakes

In the wake of yesterday's 4.4 earthquake in the Los Angeles area, some seismologists are suggesting that this could be the first of many quakes in the region. As the city looks to a shaky future, there are two cutting-edge technologies that might keep their buildings, bridges and transit systems from crumbling. » 3/18/14 12:14pm 3/18/14 12:14pm

New bleeding, healing plastic will be used on airplanes, not androids

Earlier this week, scientists announced the development of an entirely new genre of plastic that heals itself when it's scratched or cut, and bleeds like human skin — but researchers say you're more likely to find these next-gen materials wrapped around a car bumper than you are a freshly minted 800 Series. » 3/29/12 12:17pm 3/29/12 12:17pm

New form of rubber can be repaired with light


Scientists have discovered a new polymer that could be repaired with nothing more than UV light. The material is a metallosupramolecular polymer, a rubbery substance with bits of metal throughout. It's made of molecular chains which naturally latch together to form bigger ones, in a stable lattice. When damaged, this… » 4/22/11 5:30pm 4/22/11 5:30pm