Hydrogel laminate may improve catheters and condoms

An MIT-developed hydrogel laminate material can be embedded with drugs and coated onto elastomer products. Kathryn Allen reports.

HMS Queen Elizabeth docks in home port

The UK’s newest aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, cost £3bln.

Patent of the month: Thermally insulating polymer-aerogel foam

Dr Jennifer Unsworth of intellectual property firm Withers & Rogers describes a thermoplastic polymer foam aerogel composite.

A new concept for artificial hearts

Ellis Davies reports on a soft artificial heart that functions similarly to the real thing, and could provide an alternative to heart transplants.

Get talking: Why plastic-free aisles will not help the environment

Barry Turner responds to recent calls for supermarkets to implement a plastic-free aisle initiative.