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art student made swim goggles using fish scales

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(credit: Erik de Laurens)

i didn’t think fish scales would have any use other than going straight into the trash. however, one art student by the name of Erik de Laurens from the Royal College of Art explored the idea of using fish scales as material for more useful items in life. using just heat and pressure, Erik managed to bond the scales together without adding any bonding agents. the resultant material is what he dubs as “fish scale plastic” which were then used to create items like swim goggles, tumblers and eyeglass frames and even a table with an inlay of a fish. more images of Erick de Laurens’ work of art after the break. Continue reading art student made swim goggles using fish scales

unmanned Piranha uses carbon fiber with carbon nano tubes

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         (credit: Zyvex Technologies)

you will be amazed how material engineering can contribute to astounding performance of a vehicle. case in point: the next generation unmanned boat from Ohio-based Zyvex Technologies (formerly Zyvex Performance Materials), dubbed Piranha. this 54-foot boat is 75% lighter, 40% stronger, and a whopping 400% more fuel efficient than the similarly-sized traditional aluminum hull boats, thanks to its carbon fiber hull with carbon nano tubes. this fusion material resulted in an extremely light and yet strong hull that contributes to its amazing performance. catch the video of Piranha in action at the Puget Sound after the break. Continue reading unmanned Piranha uses carbon fiber with carbon nano tubes