In the past years, invisibility cloaks were developed for various senses. Objects can be hidden from light, heat or sound. However, hiding of an object from being touched still remained to be accomplished. Scientists have now succeeded in creating a volume in which an object can be hidden from touching.
Shape memory alloys, or SMAs, possess the ability to return to their original shape after being severely deformed, either spontaneously or following the application of heat. This makes them useful materials, not just for making spectacle frames but also for technical applications such as thermostats, stents and micro-actuators.
The SARISTU (Smart Intelligent Aircraft Structures) project has focused on the potential application of new materials at specific design phases. By integrating different materials for the wing for example, the consortium has demonstrated that they can achieve a 6 % reduction in drag, meaning that less fuel is needed to complete a flight.
The NAREB project, which stands for Nanotherapeutics for Antibiotic Resistant Emerging Bacterial pathogens, will focus on the design, preparation and optimization of several nanoformulations of current antibiotics and novel antibacterial drugs to improve the treatment of both infections in European MDR TB patients.
The Nano-Bio Manufacturing Consortium has selected a proposal by the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, to develop a wearable sensor patch subsystem as its first project in its mission to develop human performance-monitoring electronics.
The University of Surrey is to establish a graphene centre within its Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), expanding and consolidating the University's graphene research and manufacturing capabilities.