Chasing the volcano

Chasing the volcano

Faced with the prospect of an imminent volcanic eruption, most people would head for safety, but for one group of Cambridge research students, the aim is to get as close as they realistically can. That opportunity suddenly presented itself when, on the night of August...
The promise of fluorescent polymer gels

The promise of fluorescent polymer gels

Researchers at MIT are making fluorescent polymer gels that change color when they’re shaken, heated, exposed to acid, or otherwise disrupted. Given such a response, these novel materials could be effective sensors for detecting changes in structures, fluids, or the...

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