Bacteria can play an important role in the formation of secondary gold grains, according to Dr Frank Reith, a geo-microbiologist at the Australian Commonwealth Science and Research Organisation (CSIRO). He believes this discovery could have a significant impact on the mineral exploration industry.
The How Smart Are We? conference held on 15 September 2006 at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London, UK, and highlighted some of the technology and functionality needed for successful marketing of smart materials in textiles.
The London Metropolitan Polymer Centre, UK, has launched a new undergraduate degree programme in Sports Product Design, intended to give materials students the skills and knowledge to design sports products of the future.
Researchers at Loughborough University’s Centre for Sustainable Manufacturing and Re-use/Recycling Technologies (SMART) in the UK have completed a two-year study to address the cost and design implications of recovering and recycling vehicle materials and components. This is in light of the EU End of Life Directive which came into force in 2006, and requires vehicle manufacturing to meet targets for recovery and recycling.