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Boxfish Skin Could Inspire New Materials for Body Armor, Robots and Flexible Electronics

Boxfish Skin Could Inspire New Materials for Body Armor, Robots and Flexible Electronics

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego have closely studied the armor of the boxfish, so its unique structure can be applied to creating robots, body armor and flexible electronics. [More]
CP Kelco Reveals How Malvern GPC/SEC Technology Supports Its Manufacture of High Performance Biopolymers

CP Kelco Reveals How Malvern GPC/SEC Technology Supports Its Manufacture of High Performance Biopolymers

Insight from CP Kelco, a global leader in the specialty hydrocolloids market, provides a blueprint for the intelligent, cost-efficient deployment of gel permeation/size exclusion chromatography (GPC/SEC) in biopolymer manufacture. [More]
University of Puerto Rico's Space-Bound Experiment Uses Evactron Plasma Decontamination

University of Puerto Rico's Space-Bound Experiment Uses Evactron Plasma Decontamination

Students from the University of Puerto Rico are going in to space again. For the fifth time in as many years, UPR has had a project selected to be flown from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility as part of an educational project called RockSat-X. [More]
New Method Helps Cut Costs and Wastage in Bioplastic Production

New Method Helps Cut Costs and Wastage in Bioplastic Production

A team of researchers at the KU Leuven Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis has formulated a simple method to produce the bioplastic known as polylactic acid (PLA) in a waste-free manner. [More]
Insect Legs Inspire Improved Designs of Long Tubular Structures

Insect Legs Inspire Improved Designs of Long Tubular Structures

Researchers at Trinity College Dublin are working on a project to identify the various ways the legs of cockroaches, locusts, bees and stick insects bend and buckle when subject to stress. The researchers believe that their study will help in improving the safety of long tubular structures utilized in hospital equipment, such as catheters and in aircraft to minimize weight. [More]
DWoC Project Co-ordinated by VTT Aims at Design-Driven Applications for Cellulose

DWoC Project Co-ordinated by VTT Aims at Design-Driven Applications for Cellulose

A collaborative team of researchers from the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Aalto University, Tampere University of Technology and the University of Vaasa is involved the Design Driven Value Chains in the World of Cellulose (DWoC) 2.0 project to develop novel biomaterial applications. [More]
Synthetic Spider Silk-Like Material Holds Promise in Biomedicals

Synthetic Spider Silk-Like Material Holds Promise in Biomedicals

A team of researchers from various American universities has discovered a way to synthetically create spider silk samples in the laboratory after several years of studying the complex structure and production. [More]
Hydrogels Reinforced with 3D Printed Microfiber Holds Promise for Joint Repair, Breast Reconstruction

Hydrogels Reinforced with 3D Printed Microfiber Holds Promise for Joint Repair, Breast Reconstruction

Researchers at the Technische Universität München (TUM) consider that a new approach that involves a combination of 3D-printed microfiber scaffolding and hydrogels holds promise for more effective usage of biocompatible materials for repairing human tissues. [More]
Safe, Dissolvable Magnesium Alloy Surgical Clip Could Reduce Postoperative Complications

Safe, Dissolvable Magnesium Alloy Surgical Clip Could Reduce Postoperative Complications

Researchers at the Kobe University have developed a safe, dissolvable surgical clip made of a magnesium alloy. This unique clip has the potential to reduce risk of complications after surgeries, and difficulties faced while performing diagnostic imaging. [More]
Malvern Presents Proven Strategies for Successful GPC/SEC Analysis of Lignin

Malvern Presents Proven Strategies for Successful GPC/SEC Analysis of Lignin

Chromatography specialists from Malvern Instruments will present a reliable optimized solution for lignin characterization at a series of upcoming conferences in 2015, the first of which is Nordic Polymer Days, Denmark, June 1 – 3. [More]