It’s taken nine years of work, but it turns out it can be done. Scientist Jose Carlos Rubio, of Mexico’s University of San Nicolas de Hidalgo, has just patented his glow-in-the-dark cement. And what are its applications, other than looking very cool? Dr Rubio believes it could be a new way to light cities, streets and buildings without using electricity: the only thing emitted during its production is water vapour. It was a long process. Part of the challenge was cement’s opacity: the trick, he discovered, was to remove the crystal flakes that occur as a by product in one production method, which is done by changing the microstructure of the cement.
http://www.domain.com.au/news/mexican-scientist-invents-glowinthedark-cement-20160518-gox3bp/ for full article
Lisa Winter reports on IFLS that Julian Melchiorri, a graduate of the Royal College of Art, claims to have developed a silk leaf that could create oxygen for space travel as well as make the air nicer here on Earth.
Read more at http://www.iflscience.com/technology/inventor-develops-synthetic-leaf-produces-oxygen#sH35ITcFsLrJj5Xa.99
Higgs boson: http://bit.ly/1yN1GgA
Superblack material: http://bit.ly/1nsLlLJ
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Excerpt from SMH article: The nanotube material, named Vantablack, absorbs all but 0.035 per cent of visual light – a new record according to the British scientists who created it.
Made of carbon nanotubes each 10,000-times thinner than a human hair, the blacker-than-black material is produced on sheets of aluminium foil. When crumpled, the uneven surfaces covered with the material become indistinguishable.
“It’s like black, like a hole, like there’s nothing there,” Surrey NanoSystems chief technical officer Ben Jensen told The Independent.
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