Automated underground waste disposal

Materials World magazine
Developed by Envac Centralsug in Sweden, the automated underground waste disposal system uses pressure suction. Refuse is deposited into an inlet an, when full, the bags fall by gravity into a network of pipes and are sucked into collection stations. The refuse falls into a compactor for packaging into a sealed container.

Review of the London Materials Society Schools Event held on 9 March 2006

London Materials Society
The event at The Wallace Collection was attended by 32 students and four teachers. The collection bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, widow of Sir Richard Wallace, in 1897 is one of the finest and largest collections of works of art presented to any nation by a private individual. The collection holds furniture, sculpture, porcelain and paintings especially 17th and 18th century French paintings as well as a famous collection of European and Oriental armour.

IOM3 education initiative backed by three Worshipful Companies

Materials World magazine
The Worshipful Companies of Founders, Ironmongers, and Armourers and Brasiers have endorsed and sponsored a new IOM3 initiative for school teaching staff to be held at the Materials Congress 2006. A programme has been developed combining part of the Congress programme and a materials education session at the Tower of London, UK.

IOM3 Schools Affiliate Scheme

Materials World magazine
The Schools Affiliate Scheme was launched in 1999 to assist with the teaching of materials, minerals and mining topics in the secondary school curriculum, and to promote materials science, technology and engineering as potential careers. The institute attends other events such as those organised by The Association for Science Education and UCAS.

Rubbery material for purifying hydrogen

Materials World magazine
Researchers at the University of Texas, USA, have developed a rubbery material that can purify hydrogen efficiently in its most usable form for fuel cells and oil refining. The membrane material has been used to successfully separate hydrogen from carbon dioxide and other contaminant gases, and could also replace an expensive step in petrochemical processing.