When you think about the future, you might envision commuting to work in a self-driving electric vehicle – even one that picks you up at your door. That dream may take a few more years to come true, but in many ways, the future is already here.
Bitcoin mining requires a significant amount of energy. Some studies say the energy consumption of the Bitcoin network has grown at a rate of 25 percent in one single month, and this energy use will only continue to increase. 3M scientists and other data industry experts share their insights into some of the creative problem solving needed to find sustainable solutions.
Farmers are faced with the reality that food production must double by 2050. How are farmers going to meet this need when land and resources are scarce? “We are going to do it by farming smarter,” says Jerry Johnson, CEO at Aglytix.
Laura Nereng believes that, in the future, society can continue to function in a better place. It’s a belief rooted in a love for science that stretches as far back as she can remember. Now, at 3M, Laura is focusing that passion on using data to solve for issues on a global scale.
Veteran journalist Mary Otto's writing career took a turn in 2007 when she broke the story of how a 12-year-old Baltimore boy died of complications from untreated tooth decay. Now she’s on a mission to talk about teeth.
When it comes to our gadgets and technology, we are well aware that fluids and electronics should not mix. So, you may be surprised to hear that scientists submerge electronics as a go-to solution designed to protect them.
Automotive manufacturers have a lot of priorities to balance – fuel economy, safety, cost, increased customer expectations and keeping manufacturing efficient as new innovations come into play. As cars use different materials to keep them lighter, the way they are held together is also changing.
Meet a team with a singular mission: to safeguard patients from infections.
A scientist’s the hunt for the next big breakthrough
Sun shines. Electricity powers. What happens in between is solar energy.
From your home to your yard there is always a project or two to get done– stay safe while you work.
His goal is bigger than learning from the best, and his passion is evident in his work.
His invention helps keep vehicles lighter and stronger.
A Minnesota town is working on a $1.2 million project to educate students about manufacturing.
Vivian Xie was visiting the sterile-supply units of hospitals and noticed something about how the instruments were cleaned.
For this 3M Thailand scientist, great science happens when she takes the lab to the people.
Five years ago, the northeastern region of Japan was forever changed when it was struck by the Higashi-Nihon earthquake, otherwise known as the Great East Japan earthquake. A major tsunami ensued, triggering the meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, which resulted in the release of radioactive materials.
Guillermo Urquia has diabetes and needs to monitor his blood sugar levels regularly. He simply pricks his finger, transfers the blood onto a test strip and receives an almost instant result. But how in the world do those tiny little test strips work?
Infected food does not always announce itself with a bad smell, look or taste, so it takes more than human senses to detect microbes.
Eye-catching reflective clothing is creating a buzz in the fashion world. The secret? Retroreflectivity.
A group of nurses set out to transform their noisy, cold and stark operating room into a warm, comforting environment for patients. Their goal? To create a holistic healing setting where nurses' actions are focused on honoring patients during their most vulnerable moments.
Fixing wind turbines isn’t an easy job. Being up in the air at over 300 feet, changing filters or greasing bearings on a wind turbine can bring about some challenges. This job isn’t for the faint of heart.
Maybe it has happened to you. You’re driving on the highway at night, and all of a sudden you slam on your brakes to avoid the trailer in front of you. You hadn’t realized it was there – the trailer’s tail lights were out.
In certain areas of the world, some people worry about taking the shallowest breath of air outdoors.
As darkness fell, a cross-country skier grew panicked as she realized she was lost. Luckily, she spotted a shiny sign with the words “Emergency Location” across the top.
3M scientist Tim Hebrink lived completely “off the grid” for 12 years. For six months out of each of those years he produced way more renewable energy than he could use.
Doorstep detailing? With cars filling the roadways as India’s middle-class expands, 3M India figured out a way to bring the detailing shop directly to the people.
Many parents endure exasperation as their kids master the art of brushing their teeth. As with most things in life, practice makes perfect.
Welders are into edgy fashion. Check out Razor Dragon, Future Combatant and Wild-N-Pink.
Joe Oxman helped get rid of that metallic glint in your mouth.
On average, an American family of four loses upwards of $1,500 each year to food that is purchased but not eaten. In the developing world, food waste is an issue for very different reasons.
When it comes to sticking things to our skin, it can get a bit sticky.
What is the science behind snoring? Dr. Oyebode Taiwo, 3M’s global medical director, explains.
Get tips from an expert on where you should wear reflective material to be seen better in low light
Do you find yourself wondering “is my baby getting enough milk?” Or even “how do I know my baby is getting enough milk?” Now there’s a breastfeeding app for that.
“I’ve listened to a baby’s first heartbeat and a patient’s last heartbeat with this stethoscope.”
Take a look inside a factory that creates the graphics for specialty license plates.
Be your own best advocate, and know the right questions to ask to help ensure the safest experience possible.
You probably use tape all the time – wrapping packages, creating art projects and protecting surfaces from paint – and you may never think about its ingenious design.
“Throughout the entire hospitalization process, my mom just could not get herself warm,” says Jim. “She desperately wanted to go home and take a long, hot bath.”
It took a stroke of inspiration to create what is now a household item – the non-scratch sponge. To find the solution, a scientist had to look no further than her own thumb.
A researcher is perfecting the science of smooth. Matt Atkinson is utilizing the latest technology to smooth out rough spots.
“The nurses needed an I.V. site dressing that was transparent – something that would enable them to easily monitor for infections.”
Sometimes it’s all about how you look at something. Tim Hoopman relied on perseverance to create something that could be seen better, even at an angle.
It’s not unusual to see an orangutan cause a ruckus by banging on the glass panels or pulling a pillowcase over its head at the zoo. Calming then down at the National Zoo took some creativity.
How do cookies help teens learn life skills? Cookie Cart in north Minneapolis is working on transforming the lives of local students – one cookie at a time.
“When a welding helmet is on your head for 8, 10 or 12 hours a day, it’s got to be comfortable.”
The right interior paint job can help catch a buyer’s eye and even boost the value of your home. When you turn to painter’s masking tape, there’s a surprising amount of science helping you get the job done right.
Fluoride or no fluoride? Sealants or skip it? We tackle some of the questions new parents often have when it comes to their kids’ teeth.
One of Bob Elm’s earliest memories is getting a tricycle for Christmas. The first thing he did was crawl under it to “fix” it. That drive to tinker led to a career that included helping develop a generator that powered the Apollo 12 program for NASA.
An expertise in electronics helped a scientist create a bandage for a whale, adhesives for electronics and a stretchy solution for quick healing.
A woman in her twenties shares about the procedure that terrified her, and tips on dealing with life-changing surgery and what came next.
Next time you get a filling or other restorative work on your teeth, you can probably thank Sumita Mitra for her pioneering work to keep those pearly whites looking like new.
Why pay for a new car every five years? It’s a big deal to dish out that kind of cash.
The rare blue morpho butterfly’s brown wings that suddenly turn a spectacular iridescent blue caught the eye of 3M scientists.
Elise Groenewold says she notices some people are quietly skeptical when she enters the shop. That is until they see her sanding, welding and painting.
There are three sides to tape, says Audrey Sherman, 3M scientist. And if anything goes wrong, the tape can become essentially a hockey puck or a yo-yo.
When we head to the hospital for a procedure or surgery, we often take for granted all the steps health care facilities put in place to make sure the medical instruments used on us have been thoroughly cleaned and sterilized.
Explore global smartphone trends and dive into some of the technology, including films and tapes, that help make smartphone screens brighter.
A serendipitous discovery in the lab, paired with a need from a church choir member, led to what is today a cultural phenomenon – Post-it® Notes. Hear from two scientists whose discovery nearly 40 years ago helped them develop the well-loved invention.
Imagine waking up in your high-rise hotel room, sipping a cup of coffee and opening your window to enjoy the view. Then, three meters away, a train packed full of commuters goes swooshing by – giving passengers a full view of you and your room.
We typically associate hypothermia with being out in the elements; a medical emergency that’s reserved for outdoor adventure seekers or cold-climate construction workers. But when it comes to the operating room, even mild hypothermia can result in significant negative outcomes for patients.
Even though they’re the hardest part of the human body, your teeth are (surprise!) not invincible. If you do break off part of a tooth, your dentist might turn to diamonds.
More than 60 years ago, an advance in technology changed the way we make things. That discovery improves dozens of applications that help us see road signs better, have more efficient abrasives and have access to microneedles that may soon provide us with patient-friendly shots.
From military stealth to cutting back on AC usage – how a reflective coating technology is making a world of difference.
We expect our smartphones to survive a lot – most commonly dunking or dropping them. 3M scientists are always searching for ways to protect our phones from ourselves.
Cait Meree has a passion for protecting your hearing. The 3M chemist found a love for learning how things are made at a young age, first putting it to practice baking bread, then in the lab and now even in the dance studio.
There exists a place that will eat any echo. “It is so quiet you can hear your heart beat,” says scientist Tom Hanschen. The sound is damped, so there is no echo or reverberation in the room. It is literally one of the quietest places you will find.
It’s iconic. It’s a statement. And yes, it’s a parking lot. In Kansas City, Missouri, this “community bookshelf” stops traffic and draws tourists from around the world.
Can you remember what types of activities you were interested in when you were 9-years old? It likely wasn’t the same as what Gitanjali Rao was focusing on: the water problems in Flint, Michigan. Two years later, she’s done something about it.
Danny Scheible’s philosophy about art: You are an artist. Danny creates exquisite art using an everyday item you’d find in your home: tape.
How would you design the future of mobile technology? Thought-provoking question, especially when presented to the next generation of designers.
Some men tinker with cars; this scientist built a kayak. So why was it worth the more than 300 hours it took him to build it?
A liquid that can cool. A liquid that can degrease. A liquid that has the ability to become a gas. How can all three of these liquids be rooted in the same science? The key is in the molecule.
Get a peek inside the walls of a custom-designed motorhome that’s held together with tape.
Immersive technology is a growing platform through which we can experience the world around us. We can use it to creatively interact with the digital and real worlds – but what does that mean?
Learn how scientists created a solution designed to make the gift wrapping experience easier so that you can focus more on the sentiment of gift giving.
The bacterial diversity of our oral cavity – our oral microbiome – is equally as fascinating as the gut microbiome we hear so much about.
Around the world, 60 to 90 percent of children have tooth decay, the majority of which goes untreated. The co-author of an e-book on oral care shares her experience with tooth pain and a look at why it's so important to tackle this major health issue.
If you had to guess which non-communicable disease was most common in the world’s children – and went untreated in millions of them – what would you say?
Learn how scientists uses stretch-release adhesives to help alleviate decorating frustrations.
What we see tells us a lot about the world around us, but there’s so much more that your body interprets and turns into your perception of the world around you.
Physicians across the globe are studying how immersive technologies may be used for distraction therapy to help manage pain.
Scientists and medical professionals are looking to advancements in adhesives to push wearable devices
Ever struggled to teach someone how to use an inhaler or grappled with one yourself? Felt the dry burning feeling of a dose hitting your throat when instead it should be flying down into your lungs? Or sensed that your child inhaled much more last time than now, although it seemed they went about it in exactly the same way?
Matthew Swift says school kids used to say his team’s solar car looked like a boat or a spaceship. He and his teammates at don’t get that comment anymore – not since introducing Penumbra.
How do we start a new exercise routine without injuring ourselves – especially if we haven’t been moving our bodies as often or as vigorously as we should have over the course of the past few months or even over the past year?
There will be some surprising science at work to protect football fans flooding into U.S Bank Stadium in February – though they might not notice it.
A future where sitting back, relaxing and scrolling through your social media feed as you head out on a grocery run while your vehicle does the driving may be closer than you think.
Part of the trend toward healthier beverages means people are looking to add more milk and more natural juice into what they drink. But when you sell things with fresh ingredients, it becomes more of a challenge to keep them fresh – and safe – for long periods of time.
Condensation. We look at this simple physical change and see a common occurrence in our everyday lives. When these scientists look at it, they see an opportunity for innovation.
Being sidelined by an injury is no fun at all. Especially when you’ve begun making headway on the health goals you may recently have set for yourself.
Workplace wellness programs are becoming an indispensable feature in the benefits plans of many corporations. But creating a vibrant culture of health and well-being within a company is no small undertaking – nor does it happen overnight.
Picture a scientist conducting nuclear research or a meteorologist forecasting weather patterns. Now, think about how much data they need to do their jobs. In short, it’s a huge amount that requires a super-fast speed.
We post our favorite photos to social media and save them to the cloud. We trust them to the data centers that power the cloud. Is this reliable?
You may remember a time when your car didn’t have GPS, heated seats and charging stations. We continue to ask for more comforts in our vehicles, but automakers also need to keep cars fuel efficient and lightweight.
Tiny glass bubbles are impacting your life in a big way … and you don't even know it.
Going to the dentist is not exactly a favorite pastime for most of us, but for some people, dentist visits can be downright anxiety producing. That fear can be compounded for people with an active gag reflex. Here are some tricks to help.
When you wander around the financial core of any major city in the world, you’ll see massive buildings with blacked-out windows. While you might not realize it, almost every aspect of our lives relies on what’s happening inside these buildings. So, what’s behind the blacked-out windows?
Our increasing use of data is a global trend, and data centers are working hard to keep up. Along with the opportunity of more data is the challenge of the massive amount of energy that data centers consume. Learn what experts from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Romonet, 3M and more think about the future of the data center industry.