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Elastic aerogels that can remember their original shapes

Polymeric aerogels are nanoporous structures that combine some of the most desirable characteristics of materials, such as flexibility and mechanical strength. It is nearly impossible to improve on a substance considered the final frontier in lightweight materials. But chemists from Missouri University of Science and Technology have done just that …

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Inhaled nanoparticles can travel from the lungs into the bloodstream

Scientists have found evidence in human and animal studies that inhaled nanoparticles can travel from the lungs into the bloodstream, potentially explaining the link between air pollution and cardiovascular disease. Their results appear in the journal ACS Nano. Tiny particles in air pollution have been associated with cardiovascular disease, which …

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Biodegradable packages will keep your food fresh for longer

KTU researchers are creating biodegradable food packaging materials, which, in addition, will also keep food fresh for longer. This innovation would solve two problems at once: assist in cutting down packaging waste and in reducing the number of food-borne illnesses. On average a European country citizen produces around 160 kilos …

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