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101 High-Tech Materials

Remember how the Predator had skin that made him invisible? That was cool. But these high-tech materials might be even cooler.

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    Living in a Material World

    Americans have always held a soft spot in their hearts for futuristic materials, from the amazing light-weight properties of titanium to the chance to conquer Superman with kryptonite.

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    Power Plastic

    Every hour, enough sunlight hits the earth to power the entire planet for a year. But since they’re pricey—and, let’s face it, generally unattractive—solar cells are still woefully underutilized and most sunlight lays fallow.

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    PEC-MAT

    As more and more Americans are quickly discovering, the land beneath our feet is not quite as solid as we thought. Houses slip down hillsides, trees float down rivers, and whole cities disappear under swirling water.

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    AgUARDIAN

    Silver has been used for centuries as an antimicrobial agent.

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    Lotusan Paint

    Product design that takes cues from nature, known as biomimicry, has produced a num-
ber of ingenious and popular products we use every day.

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    Structural Panels

    Bees have always been admired for their industrious nature and intricate honeycomb architecture; Charles Darwin called the honeycomb “absolutely perfect” as a feat of engineering, symmetry, and careful use of space.

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