UN nuclear watchdog is ‘deeply concerned’ over ‘undeclared material’ at Iranian site 

UN nuclear watchdog is ‘deeply concerned’ over ‘undeclared material’ at Iranian site UN atomic watchdog ‘deeply concerned’ by possible nuclear material at Iran site Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium now over 14 times limit set by world powers   It is the latest in a string of violations of 2015 nuclear deal with world powers By … Read more

Cladding divide as residents face £40,000 bill to replace flammable material while others won’t pay

Phillip Symes The retired sailor is facing a bill of £40,000 to replace cladding on his block at The Decks – half what he paid for his two-bed flat.  Mr Symes, 71, said: ‘Fire is fire, however high the block is.  ‘Leaseholders on the fifth floor of blocks like mine are not getting any support, … Read more

Cladding divide as residents face £40,000 bill to replace flammable material while others won’t pay

Phillip Symes The retired sailor is facing a bill of £40,000 to replace cladding on his block at The Decks – half what he paid for his two-bed flat.  Mr Symes, 71, said: ‘Fire is fire, however high the block is.  ‘Leaseholders on the fifth floor of blocks like mine are not getting any support, … Read more

US Army developing self-healing and shape-shifting material for ‘Terminator-style’ drones

The US Army is pulling inspiration from the popular film ‘Terminator 2’ in designing material capable of shape-shifting and autonomously healing. Made of polymer, the 3D printable component has a dynamic bond that allows it to go from liquid to solid multiple times. The new material is also equipped with a unique shape memory behavior, … Read more

Scientists create the ‘brightest material on Earth’

The ‘brightest material on Earth’ has been created after researchers found a way to stop fluorescent molecules fading when they are transferred to a solid state. University of Copenhagen and Indiana University scientists created the new bright substance – that has a brilliant glow – from positively charged fluorescent dyes. Dyes tend to undergo ‘quenching’ … Read more

British engineers create the world’s first ‘uncuttable’ material

A new material inspired by grapefruits and shells has been developed by British engineers and it blunt any angle grinder or drill that it comes in contact with. It has been named Proteus after the shape-changing Greek god of the sea and is both lightweight, strong and also capable of dispersing any waterjet. The material … Read more

Scientists convert moon dust into construction material that could be used to build a lunar base

Chinese researchers develop new construction material that can be made from lunar dust which is 22 TIMES stronger than concrete – and could be used to build a moon base without having to transport materials from Earth Researchers in China developed a durable new construction material from dust They used samples from an active volcano … Read more

Persimmon suffers ‘material’ slowdown in sales during lockdown

Housebuilder Persimmon has got back to work on its construction sites this week, amid a ‘phased process’ of reopening. The group, which is holding its annual general meeting today, said customer inquiries had remained at ‘good levels’, even during the lockdown period.  But, after a ‘robust’ start to the year, the company admitted that social … Read more

‘Oldest human genetic material’ ever found reveals a ‘sister group’ of modern people

The oldest genetic material ever extracted from a human has revealed a ‘sister group’ of hominins related to Homo sapiens, Denisovans and Neanderthals.  Ancient proteins in the teeth of a fossil were discovered, analysed and dated to reveal the secrets of its owner.  It was found this primitive human, a member of the species Homo antecessor, … Read more

Old appliances and construction material continue to emit banned CFC gases from the junkyard

Dumped old fridges and insulation material from older homes are responsible for 25BILLION metric tons of CO2 being released into the atmosphere over two decades Scientists from MIT found unexpectedly high levels of CFCs in the atmosphere CFC gases were originally banned in 2000 after being linked to ozone damage They were emitted by older … Read more