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Porsche tuner Gemballa introduces diamond based car coating

German tuning house Gemballa has introduced what it claims to be the world's first interior and exterior diamond based car coating.  Read More


Novel production process enables weight savings in new BMW 3 Series

An innovative new production process for lightweight door panels is being utilised to save weight and increase quality in BMW's new 3 Series.  Read More


Golf ball inspired TurboSpeed suit could give athletes a competitive edge

An ultra lightweight tracksuit designed to give professional athletes an advantage over their rivals has been unveiled by Nike.  Read More


Reuseable nanosponges could soak up oil spills

A new wonder material that has the ability to repeatedly absorb oil spilled in water has been touted by researchers in the US.  Read More


Oscillating gel could give robots ability to ‘feel’

Researchers in the US have demonstrated that Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) gel can be resuscitated using mechanical pressure, a breakthrough that could pave the way for robots with sensory skin.  Read More


Laser used to process Alumina Ceramic

Alumina ceramic (Al2O3) is used to manufacture many items, including medical prostheses, ballistic armour, laser tubes and circuit boards. Its popularity is due to its strength, durability, corrosion resistance, thermal stability and excellent dielectric properties.  Read More


Novel process converts polyethylene into carbon fibre

Researchers at the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered a new method for converting polyethylene - a common material used in plastic bags - into carbon fibre.  Read More


3D concrete printing the future of construction?

Researchers at Loughborough University have developed an innovative new concrete printing process that is said to be capable of producing large scale building components with a degree of customisation that has not yet been seen.  Read More


Lego robotics kit yields bone-like material

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have used a Lego Mindstorms robotics kit to build a novel bone-like material.  Read More


Breakthrough metamaterial could capture more sunlight than existing solar cells

Researchers at MIT have found a way to use metamaterials to absorb a wide range of light with extremely high efficiency – a breakthrough they believe could lead to a new generation of solar cells or optical sensors.  Read More


Smart, self healing hydrogel binds in seconds

Bioengineers in the US have developed a self healing hydrogel that binds in seconds and forms a bond strong enough to withstand repeated stretching.  Read More


EPSRC to support further UK graphene research

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is today issuing a call for proposals in graphene engineering research.  Read More


Power Felt converts heat into electrical current

A promising new thermoelectric device capable of converting body heat into electrical current has been developed in the US.  Read More


Super adhesive material takes inspiration from nature

A team of scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has developed a super adhesive material that mimics the way geckos stick to surfaces.  Read More


Graphene breakthrough could yield faster electronics

Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a new method for chemically altering graphene, a development that could be a step toward the creation of faster, thinner, flexible electronics.  Read More


Researchers identify mechanics of single layer graphene

Researchers at the University of Bristol have, for the first time, measured and identified the shear stiffness and friction mechanics of single layer graphene.  Read More


New zeolite material to solve diesel shortage?

Researchers at Stockholm University and the Polytechnic University of Valencia in Spain have discovered a new porous material that evinces unique properties for converting gasoline directly into diesel.  Read More


New material could yield next gen electronic devices

Researchers have developed a new material that could pave the way for next generation electronic and optoelectronic devices, as well as further component miniaturisation.  Read More


Novel material could enable long term, controllable drug delivery

Researchers in the US have developed a new material and drug delivery mechanism that can slowly release medication over a period of several months.  Read More


New investment aims to establish UK as global graphene research hub

Full details of how an additional £50million will be spent to help keep the UK at the forefront of graphene research have been disclosed today by Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts.  Read More


Researchers developing novel materials for hydrogen storage

Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are working to make hydrogen a more practical fuel for vehicles by synthesising novel materials with high hydrogen adsorption capacities.  Read More


Smart paint to revolutionise structural monitoring?

An innovative, low cost smart paint that can detect microscopic faults in wind turbines, mines and bridges before structural damage occurs is being developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde.  Read More


Government to invest £2million in technology inspired innovation

The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £2million in feasibility studies to stimulate innovation across a range of core technology areas.  Read More


Graphene breakthrough reveals previously unknown property

Researchers at the University of Manchester have made a discovery that could have profound implications for the exploitation of graphene.  Read More


Researchers cloak first 3D object using plasmonic metamaterials

Researchers in the US have, for the first time, cloaked a 3D object standing in free space, bringing the much talked about invisibility cloak one step closer to reality.  Read More

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