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InSight Engineers Made a Martian Rock Garden

NASA’s InSight lander set its first science instrument on Mars but engineers here on Earth already saw it happen. Like NASA’s Curiosity rover, InSight has a full-scale working model at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. This sister lander, aptly named ForeSight, lets the team test all operations before they happen on Mars.

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The Shirt on Your Back

I Was Recently Sent a Sample of a New Kind of Flannel Shirt. It Was Magnetic.

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Bendable Concrete?

In the early 1990s, Victor Li, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Michigan, developed Engineered Cementitious Composites (ECC), also known as ductile or bendable concrete. More than 20 years later, researchers at LSU are close to bringing this material to mass adoption, producing a cost-effective ECC that utilizes readily available ingredients. Furthermore, through testing to-date, it is being called far superior to traditional concrete and could greatly improve transportation infrastructure.

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Data That Strengthens Ready Mixed Products

You need aggregates to make concrete, and the quality of concrete plays a vital role in the strength and durability of a structure. Hence it is important to ensure that the concrete is of the best quality using sound quality control measures. Once water is added to the mix, the chemical reaction starts the clock ticking on how much time is available to transport and deliver the concrete to the right job location.

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