Crucial to the development of the new material – which its inventors are describing as “plastic with a brain, and some muscle” – is the way it controls the crystallisation that usually occurs when the polymer is cooled or stretched.
Though few adults in the room can resist oohing and aww-ing, little Amelia is not there to be fawned over. She’s there to work. Researchers at the UR’s Baby Lab want to know what she’s thinking, what she’s learned so far in her young life, and how she learned it.
Unlike other elastic polymers, this one can be triggered at room temperature or just by human touch. In a video demo, the engineers stretched the material into a tight coil using tweezers. When the coil dropped into a human hand, it unfurled like magic.
Four hospitals joined forces to beat back the debilitating bug, forming a C. difficile prevention collaborative. Six nursing homes that share patients with the hospitals and had a huge C. difficile problem of their own then formed a separate alliance.
Well, it finally happened, that one-in-a-who-knows shot. Happened last Sunday in the Division III college game, University of Chicago at University of Rochester — a real college game, too, one that needs no moral compromise or postgame scrubbing to watch.
Scientists at the University of Rochester have created a new type of ‘super polymer’ that could prove an extremely useful technology in the healthcare and clothing industries.
If the trigger point can be lowered to a point where practical materials change shape when making contact with skin, it could mean big things for the medical world.