Apropos K

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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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3D-printed polymere stabilizes weak organ

14/06/2017

In the USA, customised implants have been manufactured for the first time by the 3D printing process from biodegradable polymer materials, with which the lives of young children can be saved who have suffered from severe respiratory problems ever since they were born.
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Material research against oil spill polution

09/06/2017

When oil mixes with or enters into water, conventional methods of cleaning the water and removing the oil can be challenging, expensive and environmentally risky. But researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin believe they may have developed a better method.
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Wedding day highlight: walking down the aisle in an EPS dress

01/06/2017

A high school student from the US state of Ohio has succeeded in attracting the attention not only of women who are keen to get married in an unusual dress but also of players in the plastics community: Alyssa Hertz makes wedding dresses out of expanded polystyrene (EPS), also known as Styrofoam.
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