News tagged with natural materials

Clays can expand under pressure

It was always believed that water is "squeezed" out of the clay structure under pressure but physicists at Umea University in Sweden together with German colleagues show that this appear to be not always ...

Mar 27, 2013 not rated yet 1 | with audio podcast

Can fungi replace plastics?

Fungi, with the exception of shitake and certain other mushrooms, tend to be something we associate with moldy bread or dank-smelling mildew. But they really deserve more respect. Fungi have fantastic capabilities ...

Mar 12, 2013 5 / 5 (5) 2 | with audio podcast

Seaweed under the roof

For many coastal dwellers, seaweed washed up on the shore is nothing but a nuisance. But this raw material has proven itself capable of keeping buildings well insulated. Together with industry partners, researchers ...

Mar 07, 2013 5 / 5 (2) 1