Category Archives: Extreme Materials

Chemical energy!

Suppose a typical modern family car does about 40 miles to the gallon or, in metric terms, 100 km for every 7 litres of fuel. That means if you have a teaspoon of petrol (about 0.004 litres), it contains enough … Continue reading

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Materials in Apple Watch

Here’s a fine piece — How Apple Makes the Watch — on the materials (specidfically, gold, stainless steel and aluminum) and processes which go into making several key (but non-electronic) components of Apple watch. It uses publicity videos from Apple … Continue reading

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Strongest Natural Material?

David Schultz in ScienceShhot: Spider silk dethroned as nature‚Äôs toughest fiber: Spider silk is famous for its amazing toughness, and until recently a tensile strength of 1.3 gigapascals (GPa) was enough to earn it the title of strongest natural material. … Continue reading

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Volleyballene!

One more theoretical prediction about a supermolecule with 20 selenium atoms and 60 carbon atoms whose architecture resembles that of a volleyball (arXiv link to the paper): The simulation gives a remarkably detailed picture of the properties of the new … Continue reading

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A short profile of Prof. Harry Bhadeshia

Over at Forbes India. He hits an interesting note (and I have heard him say this in a seminar at IISc many years ago, so this must be one of his favourites) when he says: … Bhadeshia explored the world … Continue reading

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Giant, Gorgeous Crystals

Here’s a video trailer for a 50-minute long movie entitled The Mystery of the Giant Crystals which “has been made freely available by Madrid Scientific Films and Triana Sci & Tech with the support of the International Union of Crystallography … Continue reading

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A Peep into a Jet Engine

Jacob O’Neal’s animations of the inner workings of a jet engine are a visual treat! Some of the jet engine components (especially those in the turbine immediately behind the combustor) are also an excellent example of extreme materials as they … Continue reading

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