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Stretchy, Degradable Semiconductors Are the Future of Everything

by Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics

It’s no wonder the DOD, DOE, and Air Force all want in.

In the future, diagnosing conditions inside your body might be as effortless as dissolvable stitches. Scientists from five different departments at Stanford have developed a “stretchable” semiconductor material that naturally dissolves in environments like the human body. The paper, shared through EurekAlert, details the team’s development of a “skin-inspired” semiconductor made of a stretchy, acid-soluble semiconductor core with a similarly stretchy, biodegradable core.

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Cardboard delivery drone has a one-way ticket

by Nick Lavars, New Atlas

Once the goods have arrived, the drones biodegrade in a matter of days

In developing regions where lack of road infrastructure is problematic for those in the business of moving goods, drones are already having an impact. But also problematic is the fact that the people sending drones off to do the courier work kinda need them back again. A new cardboard drone being funded by DARPA won’t concern itself with such limitations, with the ability to deliver vital goods and disappear soon after the job is done.

Back in 2015 we learned of a typically futuristic DARPA program called ICARUS, which stands for Inbound, Controlled, Air-Releasable, Unrecoverable Systems. As the title suggests, the name of the game is to develop small, single-use aircraft that can be deployed from larger aircraft, carry supplies to isolated locations and evaporate thereafter.

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