Man-made materials tend to hog today’s headlines with their incredible properties and limitless uses in modern technology. But this month’s material is flax, which is also known as linseed and has been reliably used for thousands of years.
Throughout history, humanity has been using clothing to protect the body from a variety of threats. We report on the Advances in Protective Clothing conference, held at UK-based defence technology company QinetiQ in Farnborough.
When it comes to survival, a shrinking gene pool can put a whole species at risk. Such a problem could be facing the teak tree, which, despite increased planting efforts, is suffering from dwindling natural forests.