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Vider

Published 14 years ago by materia | no responses

The elegant Vider is a flexible screen which is handmade in the Netherland. It weaves together soft and hard materials to achieve flexibility in addition to stability. Vider partitions any room with refined simplicity and ...

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Innovative Technology Adapts Shoes to Weather Conditions

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Hamburg-based company IQTEX has developed an innovative system which could revolutionalize shoe comfort. The system relies on BASF’s superabsorbent fabric Luquafleece®. Wet feet – never again: IQTEX and BASF have jointly developed a unique, intelligent ...

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Biodegradable PHB with nanoparticles resolves brittle problem

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Polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) modified with clay nanoparticles could be the next wave in the biodegradable plastics market. PHB, produced by bacterial action, is a rare example of hydrophobic polymer that is truly biocompatible and biodegradable with ...

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Flytrap-Inspired Lenses

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Imagine paint that adheres to a surface but releases on command, or road signs that change their reflectivity with changing weather conditions. These are two potential uses of a novel, responsive material designed by researchers ...

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Self-healing rubber bounces back

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A material that is able to self-repair even when it is sliced in two has been invented by French researchers. The as-yet-unnamed material – a form of artificial rubber – is made from vegetable oil ...

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Gold Aluminum and Blue Silver

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Optical Scientists Say Transformation of Any Metal to Any Color Now Possible. Using a tabletop laser, University of Rochester optical scientists have turned pure aluminum, gold. And blue. And gray. And many other colors. And ...

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