Report: Materials prices rose 20% in 2021

Dive Brief: Although the prices of some raw materials fell in December, costs are still sky high for contractors looking to purchase them, according to a new analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Overall, the price of construction materials jumped nearly 20% in 2021, the group said Thursday. The price index for steel…

Glow-in-the-dark materials

Will glow-in-the-dark materials someday light our cities?

all things shining — Photoluminescent substances could be applied to sidewalks, streets, and buildings. Kurt Kleiner, Knowable Magazine – Nov 25, 2021 3:00 pm UTC Enlarge / Daan Roosegaarde is the artist behind the glow-in-the-dark Van Gogh fietspad (bike path).Around the year 1603, Italian shoemaker and amateur alchemist Vincenzo Casciarolo tried smelting some especially dense…

materials Shape-Shifting

Shape-shifting materials with infinite possibilities

Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a shape-shifting material that can take and hold any possible shape, paving the way for a new type of multifunctional material that could be used in a range of applications, from robotics and biotechnology to architecture. The research is…