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    “Anti-Covid masks are perfectly recyclable if they are decontaminated properly first!”

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  • A 3D-printed bionic hand
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    A 3D-printed bionic hand

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  • A giant blanket to keep a glacier cool!
    At a glance 2 min

    A giant blanket to keep a glacier cool!

    Although the artist Christo dreamed of doing it, he never did! Faced with global warming and the melting of glaciers, the company TenCate Geosynthetics has developed a specific textile tarpaulin to co...

  • SolarSack: using the sun to purify water
    At a glance 2 min

    SolarSack: using the sun to purify water

    In order to promote access to drinking water for people deprived of it, a Danish start-up has developed a solution for purifying water using solar energy....

  • Icons 1 min

    Nylon stockings, a revolution in lingerie

    Nylon was invented in 1935 by Wallace Carothers, an American chemist working for DuPont de Nemours. This light, flexible and extremely durable fibre would go on to revolutionize the world of lingerie....

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    Plastic rackets add to the science of tennis

    Most people know of Roland Garros or Wimbledon but few might think of the time when tennis was an aristocratic indoor game played with the palm of the hand. Over time, the game began to be played outd...

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Design and Icons

Plastic objects, whether they are recent or firmly-established cult objects, have revolutionised the world of design, changed habits and left their mark on our daily lives for several generations

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The portable record player, the most popular toy of the 1960s!

The portable record player was one of the most popular children’s toys from the late 1960s until the 1980s....

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The portable record player, the most popular toy of the 1960s!

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  • “Anti-Covid masks are perfectly recyclable if they are decontaminated properly first!”
    Expert views 4 min

    “Anti-Covid masks are perfectly recyclable if they are decontaminated properly first!”

    An interview with Jean-Marc Neveu, Managing Director of CDA Développement and Plaxtil, a recently-incorporated French company which achieved a world first by developing a technique for recycling dispo...

  • Tomorrow’s medicine: polymers the darlings of researchers everywhere
    Daily life 5 min

    Tomorrow’s medicine: polymers the darlings of researchers everywhere

    Polymers are also on the front lines in the medical field and not only in the time of a pandemic. They have been part and parcel of many medical advances, and they remain a source of hope for many res...

  • Natural disasters, polymers providing a lifeline
    Daily life 4 min

    Natural disasters, polymers providing a lifeline

    Nature reminds us from time to time that it can be fearsome. Tsunamis, earthquakes, cyclones... they are brutal and not always predictable. Some solutions have been developed to cope with them, and po...

  • “The Polar Dome has outgrown the bounds of the simple emergency shelter!”
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    “The Polar Dome has outgrown the bounds of the simple emergency shelter!”

    An interview with Don Kubley, CEO and founder of InterShelter, an American company that has developed an innovative concept of housing for the homeless....

  • Plastics head off to summer sun
    Daily life 4 min

    Plastics head off to summer sun

    Lightweight, weatherproof and strong, everyone will be packing plastics for the great summer getaway. Without plastics, you can forget about water sports, picnics or hiking! But at a time of scientifi...

  • Plastics in the garden
    Daily life 6 min

    Plastics in the garden

    Long gone are the days when the plastics in our gardens were to be found only in cheap furniture. Now, lovers of green spaces are finding that these materials are often highly technological and have a...

  • Polymers fortifying robotics
    Cutting Edge 7 min

    Polymers fortifying robotics

    Unfortunately, robots able to cater to our every whim remain in the realm of science fiction. However, the topic of robotics continues to garner the attention of university research units and private ...

  • “With this polymer, we will soon be able to make gecko’s feet in the kitchen!”
    Expert views 4 min

    “With this polymer, we will soon be able to make gecko’s feet in the kitchen!”

    An interview with Michael Varenberg, a lecturer-researcher at Georgia Tech in Atlanta in the United States, who recently developed a polymer reproducing the adhesive effect of a gecko’s foot....

  • The plastics that are worth the trip
    Daily life 5 min

    The plastics that are worth the trip

    Although it was still preserve of a certain elite a few decades ago, travel has become more affordable. The Internet revolutionised the organisational side of travel, and polymers made it easier by pr...