For more than just sandcastles

High demand for sand in the construction and electronics industries is a mounting problem for sustainability, as Ellis Davies reports.

Spotlight: Automated sewing

Palaniswamy ‘Raj’ Rajan, CEO of SoftWear, USA, talks to Ellis Davies about the company’s Sewbots and automated worklines.

High-performance polymers – a new era of development

High-performance polymers could hold the key to the development of new materials for additive manufacturing, as Paul McCutchion explains.

Material marvels: Hanford B nuclear reactor

On 26 September 1944, a first sustained nuclear chain reaction at a new reactor began. Its purpose was not to prove whether fission could be achieved or sustained, but to explore its weaponised potential. Khai Trung Le looks at Hanford B, the world’s first full-scale nuclear reactor.

Materials scaling new heights

As climbing is made an Olympic sport, Kathryn Allen looks at the materials used in artificial climbing walls.