Today's theme is future material. Before we can invent the next generation of technologies, we have to invent the materials to make them.

Some future materials are already here.

Thanks to new atom-by-atom construction methods, researchers have invented metafluids, a whole new class of material.

Batteries are a major chokepoint for new technologies, but low-cost, high-efficiency graphene batteries are on the way.

A team at the University of Exeter has invented a flexible graphene material that could revolutionize wearable computers.

What kind of futures can these new materials enable?

Solar-powered catamarans?

Underwater habitats?

The future is just getting started. Check out MIT Technology Review's top 10 emerging technologies.

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