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Implanting Wisdom
Patients in the UK with hip and joint replacements may be suffering unnecessarily with repeated joint failures, dislocations and operations because of a lack of co- ordination and monitoring of implant operations and developmental research. (1998-12-01)

'Fireworks' Form Magnetic Ceramics
A new process that uses controlled 'fireworks' to produce designer magnetic ceramics has been developed by researchers working at University College London (UCL). The process could revolutionise the production of the magnetic ceramics that play a vital role in TVs, computers and on the back of credit cards - leading to cheaper and better quality products. (1998-12-01)

Knocking Knees For Implant Testing
A new method for testing artificial knee implants is being developed at University College London to replace the (1998-12-01)

X-Rays For Cars
A new device that X-rays coatings on car body parts will help manufacturers ensure that vehicles are properly protected from corrosion. (1998-10-29)

Rigs 'n' Space
A probe that picks out the cracks and defects in the deep sea pillars of oil rigs is now being pushed into outer space by NASA who will be using it to examine orbiting structures. (1998-10-29)

Plastics For Cars
A new process for producing self-strengthening plastic will allow the cars of the future to be built from low-cost, rust free, recyclable plastic. (1998-10-01)

Getting The Low-Down On Surfaces
Scanning Probe Microscopes can now be used to discover the detailed structure and properties of a material thanks to two new probes developed by the University of Loughborough and Topometrix Corporation. (1998-10-01)

Perfect Powders For Improved Implants
Hip replacements that actively encourage the natural bone around them to grow can now be made thanks to a new technique developed in Canada that produces tiny spheres of titanium. (1998-10-01)

New Device Brightens Recycling Efforts
A new device designed to quickly and easily identify plastics so they can be sorted for recycling has been named one of the year's 100 most technologically significant products and processes by R&D Magazine. (1998-09-03)

Money For Old Cable
A new method for reprocessing scrap electrical cable is making collecting and recycling used cable economically attractive. Recycling used copper cable currently has high processing costs, a poor quality end product and low profit margins. But using the latest process, high quality copper material can be produced from scrap electric cable in localised recycling centres - and at a large profit. (1998-09-02)

Liquid Golf Clubs
Golf club heads made using a new metal alloy known as 'Liquidmetal' are being developed by an American manufacturer to make the high performance drivers and irons of the future. These clubs will allow golfers to hit longer shots and feel less of a 'sting' from the impact between club-head and ball as a result of the alloy's unique properties (1998-09-02)

Snakes Alive! Hot Polymer Chains Bite Back At "Reptation" Foes, Suggesting Stronger Materials, UD Prof Reports
Stronger materials for aircraft, farm equipment, medical devices and consumer products may result from UD research showing how hot polymer chains coil back and snap forward, snake-like, leaving a telltale, rippling 'signature' wherever plastics are joined together. Published July 28 in Macromolecules, the study confirms the popular but controversial (1998-07-28)

Plants - Factories Of The Future
Australian, English and Swedish scientists have identified genes which, when introduced into plants, could see plants providing a renewable, biodegradable source of raw materials for polymers and specialty chemicals. (1998-05-18)

Polymer Breakthrough Solves A Sticky Problem
New SICOR polymer technology developed by CSIRO Australia has solved the problem of how to bond plastics and paints. (1998-04-23)

Designing Materials: 'Pasta-Stringing' Strategy Shows Promise For Creating Enhanced Polymers, UD Prof Says
DALLAS--The properties of materials synthesized by strongly bonding together segments of different (1998-03-31)

Solar Sunshark On The Road
The Sunshark is one of the hottest prospects for this year's CitiPower SunRace from Sydney to Melbourne. The solar-powered car, built by the University of Queensland Solar Racing Team for the 1996 World Solar Challenge, (a 3,010 km race across the Australian Outback) has been developed using new and improved materials and solar cells to reduce the weight of the vehicle and improve its overall performance. (1998-01-01)

Magic Beans: UD Scientists, Working For Business Partners, Unveil New 'Green' Composite Made From Soy Oil
A patent disclosure filed Oct. 27 by University of Delaware scientists describes a technique for using soybean oil-- rather than petroleum-derived resins--to produce inexpensive, lightweight and potentially biodegradable composites for tractors, supercars, bridges and military vehicles. (1997-10-24)

Modified Catalyst Simplifies Manufacture Of Myriad Goods
By tweaking the structure of a class of increasingly popular chemical catalysts known as metallocenes, chemists at the University of Rochester have uncovered a much simpler way to make billions of tons of the material that forms the basis of a wide range of consumer goods, including soaps, detergents, oils, and plastics. (1997-10-01)

Finished Your Lunch? Now Eat The Wrapper
CSIRO scientists have discovered that the kind of 'resistant starch' now being used to make environmentally-friendly packaging can also boost health-giving bacteria in the human bowel. (1997-09-08)

Researchers Develop Superior Method For Producing Butanol
Butanol producers may return to the corn fields following a dramatic improvement in the fermentation process that is making the corn-based version of the chemical more than 60 percent cheaper to produce than with traditional fermentation processes. (1997-09-05)

Microlithography Yields Polymers That Emit Patterns Of Light
Researchers have created the first light-emitting diode (LED) made of polymers that can be treated with everyday chemical techniques to emit distinct patterns of light. The development opens the door for the evolution of plastic LEDs from humble indicator lights on electronic devices into increasingly sharp and sophisticated displays. (1997-07-15)

New Polymer Diode Is The First To Emit Light Of Many Colors
Materials scientists have developed a new polymer-based light-emitting diode (LED) that can change color with the ease of a chameleon. The device, the first plastic material and the first LED able to emit light of multiple colors, signals an era when plastic actually forms the electronic soul of modern devices and is no longer relegated to the outer shell (1997-04-16)

Erodible plastic microspheres could be effective oral drug delivery system
In the March 27 issue of the journal Nature, Brown University scientists describe a new technique of encapsulating drugs in biodegradable plastic microspheres that could allow oral administration of insulin and other drugs not now given orally. By crossing the intestinal lining and degrading over time, the microspheres furnish a supply of drugs to the body and may become a more effective delivery system than injections and other techniques. (1997-03-27)

Elastic Plastic Moving From Lab To Industry
One of the results of Stanford chemistry prof. Robert Waymouth's attempt to create a new type of catalyst was a method to produce elastic polypropylene. Now Amoco is commercializing the new variety of plastic, which is both inexpensive and recyclable (1997-02-18)

New Use For Fly Ash
A licensing agreement recently executed between Michigan Technological University and Mineral Resource Technologies (MRT) of Atlanta, GA could make fly ash the latest natural resource of the industrial age, as well as garner the University millions of dollars in royalties over the next several years. (1996-07-09)

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