Fuel’s gold - biofuel from unwanted plants

Engineers and ecologists in the USA are looking into the viability of converting woody plants on uncultivated land into a useable biofuel.

A rubber future - conference report

The recent 2012 International Rubber Conference took place on the South Korean island of Jeju in the South China Sea. The theme for the conference was Emerging Technology for the Future.

Chip evolution takes a new turn

Inorganic semiconductor materials have been developed using a DNA-based technique called directed laboratory evolution. It could offer a way to rapidly develop low-cost functional components in an environmentally friendly way.

A real eye opener - diamonds for bionic eyes

Patients with blindness due to retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration could regain enough vision to read, thanks to a high-acuity bionic eye made of diamond.
Electro-active elastomers can dampen vibrations in cars.

Piezo delivery - polymers for energy

Polymers for harvesting energy are advancing, but success is modest. Eoin Redahan charts progress, joule by joule.