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Adapting to Formula 1 engine restrictions

The design of Formula 1 car engines has experienced a dramatic change over the past two years, with materials and weight restrictions taking hold, and in a five-year engine development freeze put in place in 2008. While adapting to the new regulations, automotive engineers are also developing kinetic energy recovery systems to improve the environmental performance of these racecars.

High-resolution holograms

A commercial recording material for high-resolution colour holograms that is made from ultra-fine grain silver halide emulsions has been developed by a group of researchers working as part of the European SilverCross project. The resolution is comparable to modern digital photographs, which achieve 10,000 lines per millimetre, and could be used in advertisements, photo displays in galleries or in packaging.

Direct-to-sheet extrusion for APET and PET reduces cost and environmental impact

A new direct-to-sheet extrusion technique could eliminate drying and melting processes during resin preperation for manufacturing APET and PET, reducing the cost of production.

Textile solutions to sweating in sport

By combining two well-established textiles – Outlast phase-change material and the super absorbent fibre Oasis SAF – Charlton Lamb, based in London, UK, appears to have come with a solution to produce caps, helmets and clothing that are lined to limit heating up of the body and sweating when playing sports or in hot and unpredictable environments.

Mine waste produces fuel

Power generation from acid mine drainage (AMD) is the subject of research being conducted at Pennsylvania State University, USA. The team is investigating treatment of mine waste using a specially developed fuel cell that generates electricity while recovering ferric iron for use in pigments.

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