Shielding the Solar Orbiter against extreme heat
Last February, the European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter started a two-year journey to provide the first detailed pictures of the sun’s poles and insights about the never-before-observed magnetic environment that regulates the sun’s 11-year solar cycle. But how can a satellite move around the sun without burning?
The materials of Formula 1 racing
Formula 1 is quite unique. There are few other examples of sports where intense speed, high skill and engineering are intermixed so completely. So much so that the materials used on these cars are at the very limit of what’s possible in material science today. With new designs in the works to meet the new requirements of the 2022 series, Samir Jaber, Content Writer at materials database Matmatch, delves into the details of what materia...
Could stretchable electronics mimic human skin?
The days of the hard computer chip may be numbered with the growth in stretchable electronics. Covered in transistors and other semi-conducting elements, these rigid devices likewise render the devices in which they are found - our televisions, laptops and smartphones - similarly inflexible.
Discover the materials shaping our future
The materials search engine, Matmatch, has published a free-to-download whitepaper that provides insight into the rapidly developing smart materials market. The whitepaper, which is available from the Matmatch website, gives design engineers and product designers a glimpse into some of the most prevalent smart material technologies that could play a role in their future projects.
Will future iPhones be plated in gold?
Consumers got excited enough when the gold-coloured iPhone 5 was released in 2013. Things got even blingier for the Cupertino-based technology giant’s followers when rose gold devices hit the shelves in 2015. But does Apple have something even shinier in mind? Melissa Albeck, CEO of materials comparison website Matmatch, explores the potential future of the iPhone.