Tag Archives: Materials

31Oct/17

New glass skywalk offers tourists stunning experience in north China

China Central Television (CCTV)- A newly-opened glass skywalk in the East Taihang Scenic Area in Handan City, north China’s Hebei Province, offers tourists a chance to get a stunning experience when strolling over it. Continue reading

10Dec/16

Tree pulp in mayo? Nanocellulose research gathers pace

Nanocellulose and lignin, derived from wood fibers, are on the verge of becoming available in larger commercial quantities, bringing the possibility of replacing a range of oil-based products with more environmental friendly alternatives. Roselle Chen reports. Continue reading

05Sep/16

New form of burial freeze-dries bodies, turning them into plant food

A Swedish and an Irish company have been developing and providing new forms of burial.
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11Oct/15

Plastic eating worms might help reduce the environmental impact of garbage

(Next Media Online) – Researchers led by scientists at Stanford University in U.S. and Beihang University in China have found that the mealworm can safely biodegrade various types of plastic, Stanford News reported.
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21Sep/15

Made in Britain back in fashion

(BVO) – It’s not mass manufacturing on the scale you might expect in China.

But the Albion Knitting Company isn’t looking to compete with Asia – on price anyway.

Just a year old – the start-up already has an impressive client list including LVMH, Gucci and Richemont.

Christine Murphy founded the factory in London having worked in China for 18 years.

FOUNDER OF THE ALBION KNITTING COMPANY, CHRISTIAN MURPHY,

“East Asian customers, they want luxury products which are made in Europe, made in England, made in Italy so I wanted to prove it was possible to build a modern industrial scale flat knitting operation in London.”

Christian wanted to take advantage of a revival in British textiles.

The industry has been in decline over the last three decades.

But a slowdown in China and other Asian economies are starting to see a number of businesses return to Britain.

So-called reshoring is now a growing trend according to Richard Hunter from Hargreaves Lansdowne.

HEAD OF EQUITIES, HARGREAVES LANDSDOWNE, RICHARD HUNTER,

“The UK economy continues to benefit from the various measures that have been taken it’s very much a possibility that particular trend could continue.”

Official figures show output in the sector has risen in both quarters this year.

Manufacturers can compete on shorter lead times and cheaper transportation costs.

But there are challenges too.

FOUNDER OF THE ALBION KNITTING COMPANY, CHRISTIAN MURPHY,

“Because of the state of the UK knitwear industry very few people have gone into training in the last 20 years so it’s been very difficult to find the skilled staff, particularly in knitwear and linking that we need to grow at the speed that we’d like to be able to grow.”

It’s still early days for Albion and others returning home.

And reversing more than three decades worth of lost industries may take some time.

07Sep/15

Chinese monk ‘runs on water’ for 125 meters using plywood planks

China (Next Media) – A Chinese Shaolin monk has managed to “run” along the surface of water for 125 meters.
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10Aug/15

Electronic skin sensors to control mobile gadgets

iSkin prototype uses flexible, stretchable, silicone stickers as skin-worn, touch sensors for mobile computing. Matthew Stock reports.
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10Apr/15

Scientists in a spin over synthetic spider silk

BAYREUTH, GERMANY (REUTERS) – It’s strong enough to capture prey and is so durable it could be woven into a fabric. Yet creating a synthetic version of spider silk has challenged researchers, because it’s extremely difficul to harvest silk from the insects.
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