Researchers are developing cutting-edge foams, coatings, metals and other substances to make our homes, vehicles and gadgets more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

Advanced_Manufacturing_Machining_ToolResearchers are developing cutting-edge foams, coatings, metals and other substances to make our homes, vehicles and gadgets more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

1. Fungal Foam
2. Electric Ink
3. Waste-to-Energy Thermoelectrics
4. Rock-Solid Coating
5. Designer Nanocrystals
6. Mega Magnets
7. Cheaper, Lighter Carbon Fiber
8. Ultrathin Platinum
9. Bio-Inspired Plastics

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Source: Steven Ashley and Larry Greenemeier | Scientific American | April 22, 2013
Image: Oak Ridge National Laboratory | Scientific American