Antivenom made from nanoparticles could treat bites from any snake

Antivenom made from nanoparticles could treat bites from any snake

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over 100,000 people die and another 4.5 million people are seriously affected by poisonous animal bites each year, now a broad base nanoparticle anti-venom could help save countless lives.   Not all anti-venom is created equal. Different types of snakes produce different types of toxins....

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New heat resistant material shatters records

New heat resistant material shatters records

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we push the boundaries and create new, more powerful nuclear reactors, and faster vehicles, protecting them from thermal harm becomes increasingly important, this breakthrough could mean more powerful reactors and faster hypersonic vehicles   A team of researchers in the UK have discovered that...

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This scuba mask concept lets divers swim without tanks

This scuba mask concept lets divers swim without tanks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New nanomaterials that can filter and separate out a wide variety of chemicals, organic materials and particulates have many uses, from filtering pollutants from seawater to filtering bacteria from blood.   South Korean designer Jeabyun Yeon has unveiled his new concept of a scuba mask...

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New spray on polymer makes watermelons, and the Pentagon, indestructible

New spray on polymer makes watermelons, and the Pentagon, indestructible

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As scientists discover, and create new fantastical molecules and polymers, the number of applications that they can be used for increases, Line-X is a wonderful example of what’s possible.   What do pick up truck bed liners, ballistic vests, the Pentagon, a piece of paper...

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Nanocrystal discovery turns normal glasses into night vision specs

Nanocrystal discovery turns normal glasses into night vision specs

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New advanced manufacturing techniques, such as nanomanufacturing, are helping scientists create metamaterials that have new, previously unseen properties which pave the way for a raft of new applications   Night vision goggles do a great job of countering the human eye’s poor ability to see...

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Scientists use defects to create a new programmable material

Scientists use defects to create a new programmable material

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Programmable materials are a new class of revolutionary materials that can be manufactured once and then programmed to alter their properties and shape on demand to suit a limitless number of use cases. New research by a team at Purdue University has shown that honeycomb...

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GE’s revolutionary industrial machines can have conversations with engineers

GE’s revolutionary industrial machines can have conversations with engineers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As emerging technologies combine we’re entering the era where we can talk to machines in the same way we talk to other people – and the possibilities are staggering.   As more and more emerging technologies mature – or, at least improve, we are gradually...

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GE’s 3D printed engine sets new 3D printing record

GE’s 3D printed engine sets new 3D printing record

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the quality and durability of 3D printed parts increases it is inevitable that more organisations will embrace the technology and reap the benefits.   While many people might think that we should have been able to 3D print entire engines, and other industrial equipment,...

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New heat resistant material breakthrough gives hypersonic flight a boost

New heat resistant material breakthrough gives hypersonic flight a boost

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Materials that don’t react to heat, or cold could make structures safer and solve one of the aerospace industry’s most troublesome issues.   Researchers at the University of Southern California have been trying to make a material that doesn’t respond to heat, and it seems...

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Physicists just turned a non superconductive material into a superconductor

Physicists just turned a non superconductive material into a superconductor

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Superconductors that could operate at room temperature would transform the healthcare, energy, technology and transportation industries.   For the first time, researchers have achieved superconductivity – the phenomenon of electrical conductivity with zero resistance – in a material that’s not a superconductor. The new technique...

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Wiivv paves the way for perfect fitting, 3D printed apparel

Wiivv paves the way for perfect fitting, 3D printed apparel

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The technology to create personalised, perfectly fitting clothing, or orthopedics, exists and it provides retailers and manufacturers with new market opportunities but the customer experience has to be as frictionless as possible.   The proliferation of 3D printing has made it possible to manufacture almost...

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Britain’s Royal Mint unveils the most secure coin in the world

Britain’s Royal Mint unveils the most secure coin in the world

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Royal Mint calls its new £1 coin a “pioneering” design and says that it will be much harder to counterfeit.   Having a currency that is hard to counterfeit is not only a matter of national security but it also helps to build confidence...

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Scientists can now see molecules and objects clearer than ever before

Scientists can now see molecules and objects clearer than ever before

Discovery paves the way for new breakthroughs in materials, molecular science, semiconductors and much more A team of scientists from Complutense University have managed to bypass a theoretical limit on optical resolution, allowing them to see more sharply than ever before. Their results are published in a paper in the journal...

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Fabric circuits open a door to smarter clothes

Fabric circuits open a door to smarter clothes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A new development in material science opens the door for the development of more advanced Smart Clothing.   Many of today’s smart clothes, such as those from Adidas, Athos, Nike, Ralf Lauren and Under Armour rely on sensors, such as EMG sensors, woven into the fabric...

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Inside Ginkgo, the gene factory where robots help make new weird synthetic organisms

Inside Ginkgo, the gene factory where robots help make new weird synthetic organisms

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Creating new lifeforms sounds like fun and they taste great too.   Raising glasses of genetically modified beer, the synthetic biologists at Ginkgo Bioworks celebrated the launch of their new automated lab last month and you can take a virtual tour of their facility here. By...

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Scientists create breakthrough everything-phobic nanomaterial

Scientists create breakthrough everything-phobic nanomaterial

Sadly ANU’s new everything-phobic spray won’t keep children clean but everything else is game If you have not been able to bag an iPhone 7 or are still looking jealously at your friend’s dunk proof Galaxy, do not worry as scientists have created a super-hydrophobic coating that could offer next...

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New programmable material breakthrough lets plastic flowers bloom

New programmable material breakthrough lets plastic flowers bloom

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Who needs to buy real flowers any longer when plastic ones are good enough?   Tick tock. Shape-shifting objects can now have their own version of a biological clock, thanks to a new material that transforms at a given time. Morphing materials are interesting because...

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Feeding the world with lab grown foods gets closer

Feeding the world with lab grown foods gets closer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF This could cause a conundrum – is lab made meat considered vegan?   From an environmental and humanitarian point of view it’s easy to argue the case for lab produced food. In order to feed the same global population lab grown foods would consume 55% less energy to...

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World records set to tumble on Rio 2016’s nano-tech track

World records set to tumble on Rio 2016’s nano-tech track

The Rio 2016 running track is the fastest ever and records will fall The running track of the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro passed inspection rounds on May 9th earlier this year and was unveiled to the world shortly afterwards. While, to many people it’s most striking feature might...

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Nanotech helps scientists create HD colour holograms

Nanotech helps scientists create HD colour holograms

Scientists for the first time have created a technology that can display true, high resolution colour holograms but Hollywood holograms are still a way off By carefully arranging nanoblocks to display pixels on a metasurface, researchers have demonstrated that they can manipulate incoming visible light in just the right way to...

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