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Researchers Perfect New Technique for Making "Memory Crystals"

Scientists from Japan have found an easier way to make a special kind of crystal that can "remember" its shape if deformed. These materials—known as shape memory alloys—are valuable in a range of applications from medical devices to building construction, but manufacturing them can be difficult and costly. A recent paper published in Nature Communications is looking to change that.Growing the size of crystalsYou can bend and twist a rod made of shape memory alloy (within reason), and then...

Railway steel refashioned into stylish spectacles

TOKYO -- Tokyo-based eyewear maker JINS has teamed up with East Japan Railway to develop a novel new line guaranteed to be a hit with style-conscious train enthusiasts.The frames for their new Saha, Moha and Kuha models are made of leftover stainless steel from the window frames of a new train running on the Japanese capital's Yamanote Line.Close The case of the train-themed glasses is made of the same material used for the carriage seats....

An L.A. Startup Combats A Wave Of Factory-Made Eyewear By Hand

Five years ago, Ashley Bezamat, a Stanford MBA who founded several medical device companies, decided he needed a change of pace from the hectic world of American startups. He wanted to spend time with artisans and craftsmen who worked slowly and created products with their hands. This led him to a remote Italian Alpine village in Veneto, where he lived on a vineyard, drove half an hour to get to the closet grocery store, and spent his days apprenticing with Italian eyewear craftsmen. By...