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Strong, stretchy, self-healing plastic developed

17 November, 2023

An innovative strong and stretchy plastic, which can be healed with heat, remembers its shape and is partially biodegradable, has been developed by Japanese researchers.

New biomaterial mimics human tissue, fights bacteria

09 November, 2023

Scientists have developed a lab-made hydrogel that behaves like natural tissue, with a number of qualities that have implications for medical, food and manufacturing technology.

Scientists witness metal healing itself

08 August, 2023

Scientists have witnessed pieces of metal crack and then fuse back together without any human intervention, overturning fundamental scientific theories in the process.

Researchers develop self-healing, biodegradable plastic

02 August, 2023

Konstanz chemists have created a mineral plastic that is hard, non-flammable, self-healing and can be produced at room temperature in water. It is also biodegradable.

The physics behind gel formation

26 June, 2023

It was previously believed that the solid nature of gels emerges through glass formation.

Novel crystal compound melts under UV light

16 June, 2023

While many materials melt when heated, Japanese researchers have discovered a novel material in which melting can be induced by ultraviolet light instead of being induced only by heat.

A simple process for producing 2D materials

07 June, 2023

Surface scientists have developed a simple method to produce large and very clean 2D samples from a range of materials using three different substrates.

Shapeshifting robot can turn from a liquid to a solid

16 February, 2023

Engineers have designed miniature robots that can rapidly and reversibly shift between liquid and solid states, as well as being able to conduct electricity.

Versatile hydrogel made from squid tissues and polymers

25 January, 2023

Researchers have combined natural squid tissues with synthetic polymers to develop a strong and versatile hydrogel that mimics many of the properties of biological tissues.

Strong and biodegradable plastic developed

17 January, 2023

A polyester plastic of great mechanical stability, which is also easily recyclable and even compostable, has been developed at the University of Konstanz.

Microplastics can harbour viruses, come off during cooking

14 November, 2022

Viruses can hitchhike on microplastics and prolong their infectivity, and non-stick cookware can release millions of microplastics as it loses its coating.

Rare form of diamond discovered in meteorites

14 September, 2022

Australian scientists have confirmed the existence of lonsdaleite, a rare hexagonal form of diamond, in ureilite meteorites from inside an ancient dwarf planet.

3D printed, nanostructured alloy is both strong and ductile

19 August, 2022

Researchers 3D printed a dual-phase, nanostructured high-entropy alloy that is said to exceed the strength and ductility of other additively manufactured materials.

Lloyd TA1 food texture analyser for testing meat chewiness

01 August, 2022

The Lloyd TA1 food texture analyser is suitable for conducting detailed texture analysis on food and packaging with applications up to 1 kN.

Limpet-inspired biomaterial features super strength

11 July, 2022

Researchers mimicked limpet tooth formation in a laboratory and used it to create a new composite biomaterial — one which could rival the strength of synthetics.

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