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 | Feb. 14, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

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

‘Chameleon’ metal changes in response to heat

Like a chameleon changing color in response to its environment, researchers have found a way to use heat to change the surface structure of liquid metal.

Mike Krapfl-Iowa State | Jan. 13, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology heat metals polymers shape-memory-alloys smart-technology

Flexible polymer could power future pacemakers non-stop

The polymer has many potential uses, including powering pacemakers without needing new batteries and keeping street lights on with energy from passing cars.

U. Melbourne | Dec. 27, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine science-and-technology electricity materials-science medical-devices nanotechnology polymers

Magnetic fields turn material bendy and twisty

Researchers can control the shape of a new material called a magnetic shape memory polymer with magnetic fields, which could be useful for future robots.

Josh Brown-Georgia Tech | Dec. 17, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology magnetic-fields materials-science polymers robots

Robot speeds up polymer creation for better medical devices

The new system—featuring custom software and a liquid-handling robot—can create up to 384 different polymers at once, a huge increase over current methods.

Todd Bates-Rutgers | Dec. 12, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine science-and-technology materials-science polymers robots

‘Bottlebrush’ polymers bring coatings under control

Microscopic bottlebrush polymers that resemble their larger kitchen cousins could offer exquisite control over coatings, researchers say.

Mike Williams-Rice | Nov. 14, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology coatings drug-delivery polymers self-assembly

New plastic could bring infrared security to your home

Lenses made of a special type of plastic could lower the cost of infrared imaging for use in home security, fire protection, and autonomous vehicles.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona | Nov. 7, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology imaging-technology infrared-light lenses plastics polymers security sensors

New method could make bulletproof armor material even tougher

New research could solve a hurdle in the creation of bulletproof vests and make the process more environmentally friendly.

Kevin Stacey-Brown | Oct. 10, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine catalysts materials-science nanotechnology polymers

Polymer kills 99.9% of MRSA in just 5 minutes

A new self-sterilizing polymer could be a forceful weapon against a range of viruses and drug-resistant bacteria, including MRSA, flu, and rabies.

Matt Shipman-NC State | Sept. 13, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine bacteria drug-resistance materials-science mrsa polymers

Lights and magnets get soft robots to change shape

A new method uses light and magnetic fields to get soft robots to move around and change shapes.

Matt Shipman-NC State | Sept. 12, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology materials-science polymers robots

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