Most materials are still discovered by trial and error, because it is difficult to predict the right arrangement of atoms. Dr. Michał Tomza from the University of Warsaw proposes to use quantum simulations to understand the properties of materials that are being designed.
Clamp band for attaching satellites, for example to a carrier rocket, is being developed by Polish engineers. A 3 mm thick steel "tape" must be capable of holding a satellite weighing up to 10 tons and withstand extreme operating conditions.
Intuition and rational thinking are two separate paths that must, however, interact so that we can make good decisions, researcher says. She notes that intuition can be studied using hard data, for example by measuring skin conductivity.