Building blocks of the future

New lightweight, X-shaped blocks could be used to make cars, planes, buildings — and even spacecraft

By Stephen Ornes, 16:20 PM September 5, 2013

Any child who has played with blocks knows why they're so useful. Kids can build almost anything from them — a plane, a castle, even a racecar. And if part of a creation comes apart or breaks, the builder doesn't have to start from scratch. She can just replace the missing blocks. And what's true for kids’ play is also true for adult projects. Here’s one new example, and it doesn’t even look like a “block.”


Scientists have just created a new building "block" that resembles the letter X (excep...

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