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The black widow's steel strength web

Materials World magazine
Understanding how black widow spiders transform proteins into fibres as strong as steel may help scientists create strong synthetic materials. Idha Valeur reports.

Shape memory alloy reinforces building

Materials World magazine
A new shape-memory alloy that only requires one pre-stressing could improve civil engineering. Ceri Jones reports.

How we talk about plastics

Materials World magazine
Plastics can be recyclable, compostable biodegradeable – but what do these really mean? Stuart Patrick breaks down single-use plastics.

New process for bark utilisation

Materials World magazine
A new process for extracting tannins from softwood bark has been discovered, making it possible to use the full material. Idha Valeur reports.

Patent of the Month – extreme heat

Materials World magazine
A new patent can help aircraft carriers withstand extreme temperatures, by Patent Attorney, Gemma McGeough from Withers & Rogers.

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