Winter temperatures in Astana, the new capital of Kazakhstan, are extremely frigid, averaging around negative 31 degrees Fahrenheit. But in summer, the mercury regularly soars to a sizzling 95 degrees. |
So when top British architect Norman Foster designed Astana's newly-opened Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center, he opted for a unique energy-efficient material that would accommodate both seasonal extremes.
Human skin is extraordinarily sensitive - our fingertips can perceive extremely small differences in pressure, texture, and temperature. Mimicking this ability
artificially is a real technological challenge, but fortunately
electrical engineers at Stanford and UC Berkeley seem to be up to the task. Learn More