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German Tech Bends Glass Sheets at Right Angles

Ordinarily, if a window goes around the corner of a building, it”s made of two flat panes of glass that are joined together by a metal rail or glue. Now, though, German scientists have developed a method of bending a single sheet of glass to a 90-degree angle – without affecting its optical properties. Although

Graphene and Silk Show Potential as Armor of the Future

A team of Imperial alumni and postdocs are combining silk with graphene to produce next generation armor for people, vehicles and buildings. “If you were shot by a handgun, Kevlar body armor will save you.” said Dr Gareth Tear, postgraduate researcher in shock physics, and one of the leads on the project. “But the armor

NRL Develops Lighter, Field Repairable Transparent Armor

Research chemists at U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have developed and patented a transparent thermoplastic elastomer armor to reduce weight, inherent in most bullet-resistant glass, while maintaining superior ballistic properties. Thermoplastic elastomers are soft, rubbery polymers converted by physical means, rather than a chemical process, to a solid. Consequently, the solidification is reversible and enables