Apropos K

Overview: Apropos K

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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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3D-printed polymere stabilizes weak organ


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


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


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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Jack of all trades: Plastic sensors detect disease markers in breath


A small, thin square of an organic plastic that can detect disease markers in breath or toxins in a building's air could soon be the basis of portable, disposable sensor devices.
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