Apropos K

Overview: Apropos K

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A rubber power plant

13/11/2017

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

27/10/2017

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

01/10/2017

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

20/09/2017

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

05/09/2017

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

26/08/2017

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

11/08/2017

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!

28/07/2017

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

15/07/2017

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

28/06/2017

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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