“When it is cold out, tiny muscles at the base of each hair on your arm cause the hairs to stand up in an insulating layer. As your skin warms up, the muscles contract and the hairs lie back down to keep you from overheating. SMARTS works in a similar way…”
The Self-regulated Mechano-chemical Adaptively Reconfigurable Tunable System materials developed by a team of engineers at Harvard University could prove a big step up in green building technology. The self-powering materials can be applied to horizontal structural pieces to maintain local temperature for a much more sustainable solution to insulation than previous man-made materials. Materials like SMARTS combined with other innovative materials in the works like Smart Paint and Smart Glass are sure to redefine building materials and green standards of the future. And the cross-application of sciences like biology and engineering is sure to offer even more sustainable solutions across all industries. Admit it, your inner nerd is a little excited.
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