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Iowa State engineers -- left to right, Boyce Chang, Martin Thuo, Michael Bartlett and Ravi Tutika -- helped develop and describe a new smart material. Here they examine an instrument used for mechanical testing of material properties. Larger photo

New composite material that changes stiffness when twisted or bent

The Iowa State engineers invented a novel responsive and smart material that can stiffen up like a worked-out muscle. This material has to arrest...
Researchers Control Soft Robots Using Magnetic Fields

Researchers Control Soft Robots Using Magnetic Fields

Conventional robotic grippers struggle to handle items that are delicate and of varying size, shape, and weight. So, scientists had built soft robotic grippers...

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