Iowa State engineers turn LEGO bricks into a scientific tool to study plant growth
Ludovico Cademartiri had what seemed like an impossibly demanding list of requirements for his lab equipment.
Google makes the world a playboard for Legos
Google on Tuesday began letting Lego lovers build with virtual color blocks in its Chrome web browser and then give creations homes in online maps of the real world.
Controversy over the use of Roman ingots to investigate dark matter and neutrinos
The properties of these lead bricks recovered from ancient shipwrecks are ideal for experiments in particle physics. Scientists from the CDMS dark matter detection project in Minnesota (USA) and from the ...
'New old bricks' for the construction industry
Making bricks is a very resource- and energy-intensive process. Meanwhile, when existing brick buildings are demolished, most of the resulting debris, which can contain many thousands of whole bricks, is ...
Silicon Valley keenly awaits latest Lego robot kit
Few are more excited about Lego's new Mindstorms sets rolling out next month than Silicon Valley engineers.
Next generation solar cells: Trapping sunlight with microbeads
In five to seven years, solar cells will have become much cheaper and only one-twentieth as thick as current solar cells. The trick is to deceive the sunlight with microbeads.
New Lego robotics kit talks to iPhones
Lego bricks are getting cozy with the iPhone and other Apple devices in the latest incarnation of the Mindstorms robotics kit.
Paper waste used to make bricks
Researchers at the University of Jaen (Spain) have mixed waste from the paper industry with ceramic material used in the construction industry. The result is a brick that has low thermal conductivity meaning ...
Archaeologists uncover oldest prehistoric town in Europe
Architect makes bricks using cattle blood
Researchers to test alien soils for use in heat shield
(Phys.org)—An important test is coming up next week to see whether a heat shield made from the soil of the moon, Mars or an asteroid will stand up to the searing demands of a plunge through Earth's atmosphere.
New York's older brick buildings especially vulnerable to extreme events
To get a better idea of just how much damage even a moderate earthquake would cause to unreinforced masonry buildings, earthquake-engineering researchers in the University at Buffalo's MCEER are reconstructing ...
Trash to treasure: Turning steel-mill waste into bricks
Scientists are reporting development and successful testing of a promising new way of using a troublesome byproduct of the global steel industry as raw materials for bricks that can be used in construction projects. Their ...
Bricks made with wool
Spanish and Scottish researchers have added wool fibres to the clay material used to make bricks and combined these with an alginate, a natural polymer extracted from seaweed. The result is bricks that are ...