People in Australia have noticed a misprint in the newly released $50 bills. The banknotes misspelled the word "responsibility" in the micro-text for Edith Cowan's historic speech as the first female member of the country's Parliament.
Life & Style May 10, 2019
Silly Putty may be a kid’s toy, but upgrade it with some graphene and it turns into a highly sensitive material that can be used to build sensors for various applications.
Material Science December 9, 2016
Most solid materials expand when heated. Using a 3D printing process known as projection microstereolithography, researchers made a metamaterial that shrinks when exposed to heat.
Material Science October 26, 2016
As a greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide is a climate killer, but in the right light, it may be useful. Scientists in Germany discovered an efficient catalyst that could convert carbon dioxide into materials needed by the chemical industry.
Material Science July 5, 2016
The world of prosthetics or robotics could most probably benefit from this newly discovered polymer material that can stretch up to 100 times its own length. It also comes with the phenomenal capability of self-healing.
April 21, 2016
A new polymer has been developed that can cause devices to bend at body temperatures. More remarkably, the material can also lift 1,000 times its own weight.
February 11, 2016
There's already proof-of-concept research on a polymer film coating that can turn contact lenses into computer screens. The ultra-thin film coating technology is hoped to offer medical benefits, such as featuring sensors for monitoring health biomarkers.
Life February 6, 2016
The new polymer damage indication system changes color once there are cracks, scratches or fractures. The warning system can warn of small-scale damages before these can cause problematic and costly damages.
January 18, 2016
Self-adaptive composite or SAC combines self-healing and reversible self-stiffening properties. It is touted to be useful in tissue engineering as well as in creating lightweight, defect-proof structural components.
Animals January 13, 2016
American researchers developed a type of polymer that can be transformed to its initial molecular state when heated for an hour. The new plastic is reusable, fully recyclable, biodegradable and petroleum-free.
Earth/Environment December 13, 2015
In a groundbreaking research, Swedish scientists merged a living plant's vascular system with an electronic circuit for the first time. This could pave the way for organic electronics made from a living plant's conducting tissues and supporting fibers.
November 21, 2015
A new, affordable material was found to be capable of helping against mercury pollution and taking mercury out of water and soil. It was obtained from two industrial waste materials: sulphur and limonene, which is found primarily in orange peels.
Animals October 23, 2015
A new family of synthetic polymers was discovered to be recyclable and cheaper, a better substitute to their cousin thermoset, which is known to withstand high temperatures, to "self-heal" and to exhibit similar strength with bones.
May 17, 2014
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