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Intelligent textiles
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Intelligent textiles

As an old industry gets a new lease on life, flirting with nanotechnology, biochemistry and state-of-the-art electronics, it gains new power to transform the way we work, live, travel and care for our...
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  • The beauty of plastic robots
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    The beauty of plastic robots

    Robots are very much in vogue right now. Of course, their success, and often confusing functionalities, are mainly due to the unceasing advances made in the digital industry. That being said, their de...

  • Polymers: a giant step towards miniaturisation
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    Polymers: a giant step towards miniaturisation

    In light of the trend towards nanotechnologies, any talk of miniaturisation can seem slightly obsolete. But, in spite of this, miniaturisation remains relevant, particularly in the medical industry...

  • When polymers conduct electricity
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    When polymers conduct electricity

    The now-famous diode, used in many screens, is one of the numerous applications connected to the development of conductive polymers. But how can a simple piece of plastic conduct electricity when this...

  • Solar impulse : Flying to the future
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    Solar impulse : Flying to the future

    Since the first oil shock of 1973, inhabitants of the blue planet have become aware of their addiction to fossil fuels and they have been consistently seeking the means to kick the habit. To date, the...

  • Biomimicry, polymers to sublimate nature
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    Biomimicry, polymers to sublimate nature

    Hundreds of laboratories around the world are attempting to copy nature in order to reproduce the materials refined over the course of millions of years of evolution. Synthetic polymers are frequently...

  • Bio-inspired, a new life for polymers
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    Bio-inspired, a new life for polymers

    Although it is nothing new, the science of biomimicry, which seeks to take inspiration from nature’s strengths, has recently had a second wind, thanks to polymers, which are once again displaying an i...

  • The Smart House puts plastics to the test
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    The Smart House puts plastics to the test

    This unique house-laboratory in Europe, built in 2015, foreshadows the role that plastics will play in the housing of tomorrow - self-sufficient in terms of energy and focused on its occupants' comfor...

  • Polymers that leave a lasting impression
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    Polymers that leave a lasting impression

    Are 3D printers the start of a new industrial revolution, as some would have us believe? They could very well be. Although they are not quite within the reach of individuals, businesses are already ex...

  • An invisible revolution inside plastics
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    An invisible revolution inside plastics

    Over the last fifteen years, nanomaterials have emerged as the main drivers of changes, aimed at improving the performance of plastics, while reducing consumption....

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