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Contact lenses that let you zoom in with the blink of an eye
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Contact lenses that let you zoom in with the blink of an eye

Researchers at the University of San Diego (USA) have just developed a prototype of a soft contact lens that can automatically adjust its focus by detecting the movements of its wearer’s eyes. The con...
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  • Self healing paint: magics? No: plastics
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    Self healing paint: magics? No: plastics

    As a teacher at the Beckman Institute of Illinois University, Scott White has studied materials and the way they fracture. Inspired by biology and nature, he considered how living things heal and, app...

  • Firefighters protected by plastics for our security
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    Firefighters protected by plastics for our security

    A firefighter’s helmet is an object that symbolically bears a lot of weight. In addition to having to resist intense heat and flames it represents courage. Of course. A short survey was organised, th...

  • Basement, not swimming pool!
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    Basement, not swimming pool!

    Basements whose outer walls are exposed to groundwater cool off so drastically that condensation forms on the inner surface for prolonged periods of time. Mold can grow not only on the walls but also ...

  • Geckel: stick to it!
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    Geckel: stick to it!

    Geckos are remarkable in their ability to scurry up vertical surfaces and even move along upside down. That’s one. Water is an enemy of adhesives, which typically do not work well in wet environments....

  • Medical plastics
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    Medical plastics

    What’s the difference between a medical plastic and a regular one? No, it’s not the diploma from a medical school. It’s transparency, resistance to chemicals and to fluctuations in temperature, stiffn...

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