Posts Tagged 'organic'

Spider Silk Could be Used to Manufacture Biodegradable Microchips

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A silk fiber integrated into a photonic chip, connecting three disks that can hold light. Light is injected into one of the disks and propagates along the silk to the other two. (Image courtesy of Nolwenn Huby)

Silk is used by some insects and spiders to spin webs and cocoons, and now researchers have discovered a way to harness this supermaterial into electronic microchips. The silk is stronger than steel, tougher than Kevlar, yet incredibly malleable and flexible. However that’s not all it can do.

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Olympicene, the Smallest Possible Five-Ringed Structure

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The smallest five-ringed structure possible is about 100,000 times thinner than a human hair, and it was created by a collaboration between the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), the University of Warwick and IBM Research in Zürich. Scientists used a combination of synthetic chemistry and modern imaging techniques to create olympicene.

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Antibiotic-Free Meat Might Still Be Contaminated with Drug Resistant Bacteria

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Pesticide- and antibiotic-free meat fetch premium prices, but a recent study has shown that there is still a prevalence of one of the world’s most dangerous drug-resistant microbe strains in retail pork products labeled as such.

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Self-Healing Polymer Mechanism Rediscovered After 60 Years

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There’s been a lot more research into self-healing organic polymers, but it’s only recently that a self-healing mechanism from more than 60 years ago was rediscovered. The process, which is called siloxane equilibration, allows silicone rubber that’s been cut in half to completely repair itself through heat-activated reversible bonding.

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Bombay Sapphire Martini Glass

Designer Benjamin Hubert came up with a martini glass to fit the aesthetic of Bombay Sapphire. The glass evokes botanic and organic sensibilities. The root system at the base of the glass is really intriguing. Here are photos of its construction.


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