Material Innovations & What They Mean For The Future

R&D Weekly Issue #2

Hey guys, welcome to the second issue of R&D Weekly, a weekly newsletter covering the latest in innovation and the people building the future. For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Ghilia Weldesselasie and I’m the one who curates R&D Weekly and runs Pioneer Magazine. Pioneer Magazine is the long form counterpart of R&D Weekly where I go in depth on the newest innovations. Without further ado, I hope you enjoy the first issue of R&D Weekly.

R&D Weekly is a short summary of the most innovative developments in the world. Here’s a quick summary of every section you can find on an issue of R&D Weekly:

  • A topic I want to address (In this case it’s the New Year and what we can learn and expect from it).
  • Links to the coolest stories and articles from the week.
  • Coolest videos on the web of either new research or epic shit.
  • Moonshot ideas, I want to address huge problems in our world and unconventional ways to solve them.

For any long form commentary or in-depth articles, you’ll have to stay tuned to Pioneer Magazine.

Moving Fast In a Bureaucratic Institution

The Pentagon’s Innovation Experiment

The U.S. Department of Defense founded a kind of startup in Silicon Valley to accelerate the development and acquisition of new technologies useful to the military. But can they cut through the long process and bring something to market in less than 5 years?

Top 4 Links

This week’s links are mostly focused on material science. New and old materials are being studied to make our products more effective and cost-efficient. The innovations in materials made today could support anything from spacecrafts to the infrastructures of tomorrow.

MIT Invented The Material We’ll Need To Build In Space

MIT researchers have managed to build a 3D structure out of graphene, the strongst material know to man. It’s ten times stronger than steel but is only 5% as dense, and it could revolutionize architecture on Earth, too.

This Battery-Free Computer Sucks Power Out Of Thin Air

What if you could take the battery out of your device entirely? That’s just what the University of Washington’s Sensor Lab has done. Researchers there created the WISP, or Wireless Identification and Sensing Platform: a combination sensor and computing chip that doesn’t need a battery or a wired power source to operate.

Cement Is Stronger When It’s Molecules Are Busted

A Coal-Fired Power Plant In India Is Turning Carbon Dioxide Into Baking Soda

Top Video

A Stanford researcher has created a groundbreaking scientific device using paper and string. It’s called a paperfuge and it may be the answer to testing blood samples in places that can’t power, afford, or transport a traditional centrifuge. For only 20 cents, third world countries could have access to paperfuges and help treat malaria.


That’s it for this week I hope you enjoyed this issue of R&D Weekly!

Ghilia, @ghiliweld
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