Lower energy light can create polymer gel objects

There's a way to use low-energy, visible light to produce polymer gel objects from pure monomer solutions, report researchers.

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
Sept. 22, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: light polymers science-and-technology

Reversible ‘stitches’ give self-healing polymers new powers

New 3D-printable synthetic polymers have morphing powers and can self-heal within seconds. They could be useful for more realistic prosthetics.

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
Aug. 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: materials-science 3d-printing polymers science-and-technology prostheses shape-memory-polymers

‘Ultrafast’ insulin may be 4X speedier than the regular stuff

A new formula for ultrafast insulin could work in much less time than the current stuff, according to research with pigs.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford • futurity
July 2, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: diabetes insulin materials-science polymers drug-development featured health-and-medicine

‘Nanosponges’ draw coronavirus away from lung cells

"I was skeptical at the beginning because it seemed too good to be true. But when I saw the first set of results in the lab, I was just astonished."

Kat McAlpine-Boston • futurity
June 19, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 nanotechnology lungs viruses polymers health-and-medicine immune-systems

4D printing makes stuff that changes shape

"This opens the door to printing soft robotics that could swim like a jellyfish, jump like a cricket, or transport liquids like the heart."

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
June 10, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: 3d-printing polymers self-assembly featured science-and-technology

Radiation shield polymer may replace lead

A new polymer composite may offer a lighter, non-toxic radiation shielding to replace lead, researchers report.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
May 12, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: materials-science polymers radiation science-and-technology gamma-rays

Mats made from wine antioxidant could keep food fresh

Researchers have blended tannic acid from red wine to create antioxidant mats. They could line storage containers to keep food fresh.

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
May 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: food polymers antioxidants science-and-technology wine oxidation

Electronic fabric lets you play Tetris with your arm

The super-thin, stretchy material could be useful in medical wearable electronics because it's so breathable. That makes it better for long-term use.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
April 30, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: nanotechnology materials-science polymers science-and-technology wearable-devices

These droplets have compartments but no barriers

A new method creates droplets with separate compartments but not physical barriers. The feat could clarify the membraneless compartments in cells.

Gail McCormick-Penn State • futurity
March 5, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: polymers cells science-and-technology

Hydrogel ‘biofactories’ could make meds in remote places

Embedded "biofactories" in hydrogel could give people in remote places a portable way to produce hard-to-get medicines.

U. Washington • futurity
Feb. 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: materials-science 3d-printing polymers drug-development hydrogels health-and-medicine

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