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Secret Molecular Barcodes Could Be Used to Fight Counterfeits 

French scientists have created the first synthetic polymers that can store information as bits of 0s and 1s. You might think of it as a highly simplified version of DNA, another molecule that is very, very good at storing information. These new polymers could one day replace DNA in the burgeoning field of molecular… » 6/05/15 11:15am 6/05/15 11:15am

This Sponge Could Help Fill Gaps Where Bone Can't Regrow Itself

Your bones are masterful self-healers, but certain injuries and defects can leave a gap too wide for new bone cells to fill in. Texas A&M's Dr. Melissa Grunlan and team have come up with a solution, a biodegradable polymer sponge that supports new bone cell growth, then disappears as it's replaced by solid bone. » 8/14/14 5:55pm 8/14/14 5:55pm

IBM Lab Accidentally Makes New Type of Super-Strong, Recyclable Polymer

Strong, durable materials are hard to recycle—they're designed to stand up to abuse. But research chemists at an IBM laboratory just published their discovery of a never-before-seen family of polymers that's super strong, self-healing, lightweight, and easy to recycle. And it was discovered completely by accident. » 5/16/14 11:00am 5/16/14 11:00am

Plastic Battery Breakthrough: 100x Today's Alkaline Cells

It's about time we had a battery breakthrough, and researchers at Brown University say their plastic battery produces 100 times the power of today's alkaline cells. The technology combines the power surging capabilities of a capacitor with the storage characteristics of conventional batteries. The result is a battery… » 9/18/06 12:03pm 9/18/06 12:03pm