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Single-celled architects inspire advanced nanotechnology

Single-celled architects inspire advanced nanotechnology
Diatoms are tiny, unicellular creatures, inhabiting oceans, lakes, rivers and soils. Through their respiration, they produce close to a quarter of the oxygen on Earth, nearly as much as the world’s tropical forests. In addition to their ecological success across the planet, they have a number of remarkable properties. Diatoms live in glasslike homes of their own design, visible under magnification in an astonishing and aesthetically beautiful range of forms.
17th July 2018

Self-assembly of molecules forms ultralight and porous gel

Self-assembly of molecules forms ultralight and porous gel
Kyoto University researchers have developed a new approach to control the fabrication of soft, porous materials, overcoming a primary challenge in materials science. Soft, porous, gel-like materials that have a stable structure despite their tiny cavities have a wide variety of potential applications. Building insulation, energy storage devices, aerospace technologies, and even environmental clean-ups can all benefit from incorporating light and flexible materials.
17th July 2018

Designing materials for future fusion reactors

Designing materials for future fusion reactors
Researchers at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have recorded the most detailed atomic movie of gold melting after being blasted by laser light. The insights they gained into how metals liquefy have potential to aid the development of fusion power reactors, steel processing plants, spacecraft and other applications where materials have to withstand extreme conditions for long periods of time.
4th July 2018


Keyboard can be crumpled up and tucked in a pocket

Keyboard can be crumpled up and tucked in a pocket
Bendable portable keyboards for use with computers and other electronic devices are already on the market, but they have limited flexibility, and they’re fairly sizable when rolled up for transport. Now researchers have crafted an inexpensive keyboard that is so tough, flexible and thin that it can be crumpled up and tucked in a pocket without damaging it. The study appears in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.
22nd June 2018

Producing sensors with an inkjet printer

Producing sensors with an inkjet printer
Microelectrodes can be used for direct measurement of electrical signals in the brain or heart. These applications require soft materials, however. With existing methods, attaching electrodes to such materials poses significant challenges. A team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now succeeded in printing electrodes directly onto several soft substrates. Researchers from TUM and Forschungszentrum Jülich have successfully teamed up to perform inkjet printing onto a gummy bear.
21st June 2018

A new path to sustainable and biodegradable polyesters

A new path to sustainable and biodegradable polyesters
Researchers at Virginia Tech have synthesised a biodegradable alternative to polyolefins using a catalyst and the polyester polymer, and this could eventually have a profound impact on sustainability efforts. Rong Tong, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and affiliated faculty member of Macromolecules Innovation Institute (MII), led the team of researchers, whose findings were published in the journal Nature Communications.
4th June 2018

Elastic fibre could revolutionise smart clothing

Elastic fibre could revolutionise smart clothing
EPFL scientists have found a fast and simple way to make super-elastic, multi-material, high-performance fibres. Their fibres have already been used as sensors on robotic fingers and in clothing. This breakthrough method opens the door to new kinds of smart textiles and medical implants. It’s a whole new way of thinking about sensors. The tiny fibres developed at EPFL are made of elastomer and can incorporate materials like electrodes and nanocomposite polymers.
30th May 2018

Recyclable polymer shows practical properties of plastics

Recyclable polymer shows practical properties of plastics
The world fell in love with plastics because they’re cheap, convenient, lightweight and long-lasting. For these same reasons, plastics are now trashing the Earth. Colorado State University chemists have announced in the journal Science another major step toward waste-free, sustainable materials that could one day compete with conventional plastics.
27th April 2018

Easily print durable signs to improve on safety

Easily print durable signs to improve on safety
The new S3100 Sign & Label Printer from Brady enables users to easily print a wide range of reliable safety signs and facility labels, even in standalone mode, to increase workplace safety and efficiency on demand. A wide range of labels & signs The new S3100 Sign & Label Printer enables users to print a wide range of signs and labels to increase safety and efficiency in any workplace.
23rd April 2018

Affordable mixing machine for liquids pastes and powders

Affordable mixing machine for liquids pastes and powders
New from Intertronics, the Thinky ARM-310 Engineering Compounds Mixer offers an alternative to mixing by hand, with simple operation and fully homogenous results in a few minutes; results which are repeatable time after time. The bench-top machine has a compact 300x340mm footprint and costs less than £5,000.
20th April 2018


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