Examination in Mining Law relating to Health and Safety 2007

The Examination in Mining Law relating to Health and Safety will be held on 13 June 2007.

X-ray microscope for imaging materials at the nanoscale

Materials World magazine
An X-ray microscope has been developed at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA, for quantitative and non-destructive 3D imaging of materials at the nanoscale. Applications include porous materials, semiconductors, inorganic nanostructures and biomaterials.

MADE brings together materials and product design

Materials World magazine
The Materials and Design Exchange (MaDE) aims to bring together the product design and materials communities. Events organised by MaDE have covered the disposal of fire-retardant bedding materials, architecture, intelligent textiles, natural materials, advanced ceramics, auxetic materials and intelligent interfaces. A materials resource centre is being developed at IOM3's London offices.

Lightweight, polymeric composite for protective clothing

Materials World magazine
A lightweight, breathable composite to protect military personnel and employees in the chemical industry has been developed by TDA Research Inc and the University of Colorado, USA, based on a combination of butyl rubber and liquid crystals. The polymer membrane obtained can be laminated onto fabrics to protect clothing against exposure to toxic chemicals.

Electrospun silicone microthreads for regenerative medicine

Materials World magazine
The feasibility of electrospinning technology to produce polymeric threads containing viable brain cells, has been demonstrated by researchers at University College London, UK. The creation of biologically active threads and scaffolds of living organisms may have a range of bioengineering and medical applications.