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McDonald’s paper straw turnaround

Materials World magazine
The paper straws McDonald’s branded as eco-friendly in the swap from plastic can not be recycled. Idha Valeur reports.

Thatching with seaweed for greener construction

Materials World magazine
A dissertation project building on traditional Viking methods of thatching eelgrass is helping make this seaweed a popular choice of modern building material.

Biomaterial reduces infection risk

Materials World magazine
A new material may prevent infections acquired from being in a hospital. Idha Valeur reports.

Material Marvels: La Specola Observatory

From medieval prison tower to observatory and now museum, La Specola has a rich history of redefining itself. Idha Valeur looks into how the building has been adapted for purpose and how it is maintained.

New method for 3D-printing organs

Materials World magazine
Researchers are developing a new method to 3D print organs using photosensitive hydrogels and light sheet illumination. Idha Valeur reports.

Waitrose launches home-compostable ready meal trays

Materials World magazine
New home-compostable ready meal trays have hit the shelves in Waitrose stores in a bid to reduce black plastic. Idha Valeur reports.

T Levels – the positives and potential pitfalls

The education sector is giving technical skills another try by launching T Levels, but how will they work? Idha Valeur talks to the industry about the positives, negatives and actions required to ensure T Levels are a success.

Q&A with Carmel Grant from IfATE

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) Deputy Director for Technical Education, Carmel Grant, talks to Idha Valeur about T Levels, the curriculum and benefits.

Fresh food packaging

Materials World magazine
Sustainable and cheap sensors to detect the freshness of meat and fish have been developed by Imperial academics in a bid to cut down on food waste. Idha Valeur reports.

A polymeric coating can de-ice large surfaces

Materials World magazine
A new coating that can be made from any polymeric material allows for instant de-icing of large surfaces. Idha Valeur reports.

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