Ford Wants to Make Car Parts Out of Leftover Ketchup

Forget making cars more green—Ford and Heinz have a plan that adds a little red to the mix. In fact, they're entering into a collaboration to use remnants from ketchup to make parts for new cars. » 6/11/14 5:53pm 6/11/14 5:53pm

Amazing Aerogel: Eight Looks at the Ghostly Supermaterial in Action

Aerogel must be one of the strangest supermaterials to ever exist. Ghostly and shimmering in appearance, it's insanely light, incredibly strong, and an amazing thermal insulator. And its tricks look absolutely impossible when you see them up close. » 3/21/14 11:58am 3/21/14 11:58am

Path to Lightness: The Tejin PU_PA

The boss of Japanese textile company Teijin says the company aims to cut the weight of automobiles in half. Their goal is to reduce the bulk of the average ton car by 1,000 pounds in five years. That, they say, by way of materials like bioplastics and carbon fiber (natch). As a showcase, the company unveiled its PU_PA… » 11/14/07 5:00pm 11/14/07 5:00pm

European Cars Using More Aluminum und Less Shteel

According to a new study, use of aluminum in European car manufacture has risen from an average of 50 kilos per vehicle in 1990 up to 132 in 2005. According to the study, this means a savings of 1 billion litres of fuel and a drop in CO2 production of 40 million tonnes over the vehicles' lifespans. Plus, you know,… » 1/16/07 1:40pm 1/16/07 1:40pm