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Minds over matter: As the drive to invent new materials shifts into high gear, the view of tomorrow is inspiring
The world we imagine tomorrow sometimes seems locked in a dream. In this world, the oceans are free of plastic, the skies cleared of carbon. Our kitchen counters can fend off germs. We pack the electric car for vacation, knowing we can travel farther without recharging. As we age, implanted medical devices are embraced by our bodies, happily integrated into tissue and bone.
Such a world remains in the distance, but it’s coming into view much quicker, thanks to the collective, collaborative minds of researchers in materials science and engineering (MSE). So much of what we see around us – the physical matter of everyday life – will change because the field itself is evolviAs the drive to invent new materials shifts into high gear, the view of tomorrow is inspiring