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Top Five SciTech Connect Materials Articles of 2016

By: , Posted on: January 4, 2017

As we bid farewell to 2016, here’s a look back at the some interesting and thought-provoking materials articles published on SciTech Connect this year. To review all the 2016 Materials articles, please click here.

Soft Solids and the Science of Cake

Soft Solids and the Science of Cake

What do cake batter and a massive, offshore oil drilling rig have in common? The answer lies in a type of material known as a soft solid, which can behave either like a solid or like a liquid, depending upon the stress it is subjected to. Read more

Five Applications Where Plastic Is Not Fantastic

Five Applications Where Plastic Is Not Fantastic

A recent media campaign has highlighted the many ways in which South Africa relies on plastics. One part of the campaign is a print advert “Plastics – part of your everyday life!” that chronicles how plastics are essential for a wide range of South Africans’ daily activities. Read more

How Designing Smarter Textile Tech Can Help People Living with Dementia

How Designing Smarter Textile Tech Can Help People Living with Dementia

We all expect to have the right to enjoy life from beginning to end; to have fun, laugh and experience pleasurable, playful moments. But what if we are affected by a disease that adversely affects both memory and our perception of the world? What if this means we can no longer remember who we are, recognise our loved ones and communicate effectively with them? Read more

Technology Matters in the Paralympics, But the Athlete Matters More

Technology Matters in the Paralympics, But the Athlete Matters More

The role of technology in sports is always a hot issue, but is perhaps more present when it comes to the Paralympics because of the more visible connection between person and machine.With amputation, there is a “blank slate” on which to build. And with today’s technological advancements, the possibilities seem limitless, even to the point of creating techno-envy. Read more

Ask an Academic: Mike Ashby

Ask an Academic: Mike Ashby

We sit down with Mike Ashby, materials science expert and author of Materials Selection in Mechanical Design in this Q&A to discuss his research and work. Read more

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