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Innovative Technology, Products, and Ideas
 

Innovative Technology, Products, and Ideas

For years, people around the world have looked to 3M for products and ideas that solve problems and make their lives easier and better

Go behind the scenes to see how 3M is working to advance, enhance, and improve what’s possible.

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Build Tall

Build Tall

Following Moore's law, the power of computer processors increases every two years — but so do related costs. Take a look at how two companies have joined forces hoping to do "more than Moore." More...

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Pure and Simple

Pure and Simple

Food poisoning and water-borne illnesses kill three million people worldwide each year. Take a look at one system that can detect salmonella in 15 minutes. More...

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Drive a Car, Hike a Mountain

Drive a Car, Hike a Mountain

What do riding in a quiet car and comfortably hiking a cold mountain have in common? Thinsulate. Check out how its microfibers work. More...

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The Many Layers of Innovation

The Many Layers of Innovation

What do you get when you pile up thin films? A thin film. At 3M, such films (still no thicker than a Post-it Note) are being used to make things like images the size of buildings. More...

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A Tall Order

A Tall Order

As we age, veins often have trouble keeping blood moving in the right direction, which can cause problems. A treatment came from studying giraffes, which have skin that functions like a compression bandage. More...

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3M and Discovery Young Scientist Challenge: 2013 Finalists

3M and Discovery Young Scientist Challenge: 2013 Finalists

Peyton Robertson took top honors in the 2013 challenge for creating lighter, more efficient sandbags to minimize flood and saltwater damage. Meet him and the other 9 finalists. More...

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A Brighter Hope

A Brighter Hope

In 2010, a cave-in left 33 Chilean miners trapped more than 2,000 feet underground. See how the technology of a mobile projector connected them with the world during their 69-day ordeal. More...

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Life Can Be Loud

Life Can Be Loud

It's not just sounds louder than 85 decibels that can cause hearing loss. Find out how to prevent the top sensory disability in the world. Then test your hearing loss IQ. More...

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Peak Heat

Peak Heat

See how the snowboarding giant teamed up with the Thinsulate creator to produce the Burton Hackett Snowboard Jacket, which keeps athletes warm while letting them move more freely. More...

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Skin Science

Skin Science

Meet Steve Kantner, who leads a laboratory focused on skin health. His team is creating breathable bandages that seal out water, dirt, and germs. More...

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2014 Winner & Finalists: Discovery-3M Young Scientist Challenge

2014 Winner & Finalists: Discovery-3M Young Scientist Challenge

Check out this year's amazing projects: rescue robots that locate victims in a disaster, a headset that helps keep drowsy drivers awake, and the winning project, battery cells powered by pollution. More...

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Electric Gadgets and Giant Squids

Electric Gadgets and Giant Squids

The same fluid that preserves the 24-foot-long squid on display at the Smithsonian helps keep electronic devices safe while extinguishing a fire. Discover what else Novec fluid can do. More...

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Electric Mumbai

Electric Mumbai

How do you update power lines in a city where people have used tower legs to build their homes? By choosing an aluminum composite than can carry twice as much power at half the weight. More...

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Faster, Higher, Farther

Faster, Higher, Farther

In the effort to fly farther on less fuel, the use of composites has more than tripled in aircraft over the past 15 years. But composite parts bring challenges. See how they're being overcome. More...

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Free from Night

Free from Night

New Vision designed a solar powered lamp that was easy to assemble and cheap to make. It wasn't bright enough, though, for studying after sundown in Kenya. See how solar mirror film led to a "light bulb moment." More...

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From Afar

From Afar

Using a new kind of stethoscope, doctors can listen to a heart that's beating in an isolated community or up in space. More...

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Innovation in the Mix

Innovation in the Mix

Mixing the filler used to repair car dents and dings was a big headache until engineers borrowed mixing technology from dentistry. More...

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Net Power

Net Power

What if your computer was powered by the Internet rather than an outlet? That's the goal behind the new One Wire Computer currently in development. Take a closer look at its "secret ingredient." More...

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Source for Good

Source for Good

Only the juice of the agave plant is used to create syrup or tequila. Take a look at how hundreds of thousands of leftover tons of plant fiber are now being reused, possibly in your home. More...

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Uphill Climb

Uphill Climb

The Tour de France is filled with challenging climbs. With 2,000 miles to travel, every ounce of a cyclist's bike can feel like a ton. Watch how nanotechnology is making for lighter bike frames. More...

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Dangerous Noise?

Dangerous Noise?

Ever wondered if a noise around you is loud enough to damage your hearing? Turns out, there's an app to answer that. More...

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