Home » lightweight materials

Articles tagged with: ‘lightweight materials‘


Stella – the first solar-powered family car

By Maja Bosanac
2 Comments7 July 2013

stella-solar-car-1Student team at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) presented the world’s first solar-powered family car. This is the first ‘energy-positive car’ with room for four people, a trunk, intuitive steering, and a range of 600 kilometers (372 miles). Named ‘Stella’ after the Latin word for “star”, the car is user friendly and comfortable, and… »

Bionics| Tech»

Increasing physical endurance with a smart suit under way

By Damir Beciri
21 July 2012

wyss-smart-suitDefense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has recently funded the researchers from Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University to develop a smart suit that could be used to improve physical endurance for soldiers in the field. Unlike exoskeletons we previously wrote about, the proposed suit will be made from soft and lightweight… »


Metal lighter than feather? New micro-lattice material is the World’s lightest material

By Damir Beciri
6 Comments18 November 2011

light-metal-micro-latticeA team of researchers from UC Irvine, HRL Laboratories and the California Institute of Technology has developed the World’s lightest material which is about one hundred times lighter than Styrofoam. Developed for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the novel material could be used for battery electrodes and acoustic, vibration or shock energy absorption. “Modern… »