Apple to Use Innovative Space-Age Material

Apple carved its way as a formidable innovator in everything from UI design to the app economy. Now, they're taking the lead on materials innovation. The company recently acquired an exclusive license to Liquidmetal, a super-strong yet flexible amorphous alloy developed for NASA that offers a better, more durable and environmentally responsible alternative to plastic.


Liquidmetal can be cast in the same factory equipment used to process plastic, requiring no additional manufacturing investment. While it's still unclear what Apple's intended application for the material may be, industry insiders speculate it could sprout anything from ultra-lightweight device casings to a new antenna to amend the notorious iPhone 4 reception problem to permanent holographic logos, images and barcodes etched into the metal.

via Cult of Mac

Maria Popova is the editor of Brain Pickings, a curated inventory of miscellaneous interestingness. She writes for Wired UK, GOOD Magazine and Huffington Post, and spends a shameful amount of time on Twitter.

Car culture and suburban sprawl create rifts in society, claims study

New research links urban planning and political polarization.

Pixabay
Politics & Current Affairs
  • Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
  • Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
  • People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
Keep reading Show less

How to split the USA into two countries: Red and Blue

Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.

Image: Dicken Schrader
Strange Maps
  • America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
  • Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
  • Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Keep reading Show less

NASA astronomer Michelle Thaller on ​the multiple dimensions of space and human sexuality

Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.

Flickr / 13winds
Think Again Podcasts
  • Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
  • What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
  • Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
Keep reading Show less