Apropos K

Overview: Apropos K

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A rubber power plant


Researchers from Empa have developed a flexible material that generates electricity when stressed. In future, it might be used as a sensor, integrated into clothing or even implanted in the human body, for instance, to power a pacemaker.
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Artistic presentation of plastics


Design icons from the German Plastics Museum in Düsseldorf are being presented at the special exhibition “Plastic::Fantastic” that is being held at the Homburg Castle Museum and Forum until 3. December 2017.
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Greener ways of producing synthetic fibres


New insights into how animals spin silk could lead to new, greener ways of producing synthetic fibres, according to academics at the University of Sheffield.
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Turning human waste into plastic, nutrients could aid long-distance space travel


Imagine you're on your way to Mars, and you lose a crucial tool during a spacewalk. Not to worry, you'll simply re-enter your spacecraft and use some microorganisms to convert your urine and exhaled carbon dioxide into chemicals to make a new tool. That's one goal of scientists developing ways to make long space trips feasible. The researchers will present their results today at the ...
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Custom building plastic envelopes straight from the printer


Researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed multifunctional and translucent facade elements that can be produced with a 3D printer. The technology permits complete freedom in architectural design and the easy realization of innovative design concepts. The new facade also integrates functions such as ventilation, insulation and shading.
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The world’s first bio-composite car


It would be an impressive paradigm shift - if cars grew on fields in future rather than being produced on assembly lines. Granted, it sounds utopian, but all the same: students from the University of Technology used large quantities of plant materials to create their car, which is thoroughly roadworthy ...
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The unexpected benefit of breast implants


Can breast implants stop bullets? Not exactly. It does, however, appear that silicone implants might reduce the impact of shots substantially ...
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When life gives you lemons, make bioplastics!


Chemists of Spain developed an environmentally friendly method to produce BPA-free polycarbonate from limonene and CO2.
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Testing a soft silicone heart


ETH researchers from the Functional Materials Laboratory have developed a silicone heart that beats almost like a human heart. In collaboration with colleagues from the Product Development Group Zurich, they have tested how well it works.
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Turning car plastics into foams with coconut oil


End-of-life vehicles, with their plastic, metal and rubber components, are responsible for millions of tons of waste around the world each year. Now, one team reports in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering that the plastic components in these vehicles can be recycled with coconut oil and re-used as foams for the construction, packaging and automotive industries.
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