Microfactory turns recycling on its head
Transforming recyclables into useful plastic products.
In 2018 China stopped buying our recycling. Then, in July of this year, Indonesia started turning it back by the cont...
New gel could fireproof forests
Proof-of-concept application might cut wildfires by 70%.
A spray-on sticky gel might soon provide long-term protection against wildfires, researchers suggest. In a paper pu...
Want invisible ink? Just put water in your inkjet
But you’ll need this special paper to make it work.
Agent 86 from Get Smart would have a field day with this new paper developed by Chinese researchers. A cheap and recy...
Mother of pearl inspires mother of all armours
Researchers develop a plastic that’s much tougher than steel.
US researchers have mimicked the outer coating of pearls to create a plastic they say is 14 times stronger and eight ...
Developing chameleon 'smart skins'
The way they change colour is even smarter than we thought.
The ability to rapidly change colour the way chameleons do – not to mention neon tetra fish and some butterflies – is...
Hemp is set to become the next big thing.
Hemp might just prove to be a sustainable alternative.
Since nations like the U.S. and Australia have lifted their bans on growing hemp, a revolution is brewing. Innovator...
Spider silk 10 times stronger than Kevlar
Protein discovery has implications for biomechanics.
A newly discovered protein may be the key to the world’s toughest spider silk, researchers reveal in a finding that m...
An electronic chip that makes ‘memories’
Optogenetics can help mimic the brain.
What better way to build smarter computer chips than to mimic nature’s most perfect computer – the human brain? Bein...
New materials close in on the artificial heart
Researchers report success with polymers that can change shape.
Italian researchers are developing innovative photo-responsive materials they believe are capable of reproducing the ...
New transistor improves wearable tech
Washable and bendy, it marks something of a watershed.
A newly invented fibrous organic transistor coated in a crystalline nanostructure looks set to revolutionise the rapi...
Miniature icon heralds inkless printing process
New technique inspired by butterflies and Japanese art.
Researchers have succeeded in creating a reproduction of what is arguably Japan’s most iconic art image that stands j...
Spider glue resolves sticky problem
How spiders function provides clues for commercial adhesives.
Molecular-level insight into how spiders make glue that works in humid conditions could provide clues for better perf...