Electronic paper displays from photonic crystals

P-Ink, a technology that employs photonic crystals and the light reflected between them to create flexible electronic-paper displays with improved colour and resolution, has been created by Opalux, a company based in Toronto, Canada.
Fridge magnets

Refrigeration using magnetic cooling technology

Researchers from the Risoe National Laboratory - Technical University of Denmark, in Roskilde, have used magnetic cooling technology to bring environmentally friendly refrigeration closer to development. Magnetic cooling technology exploits materials such as gadolinium which heat up when exposed to a magnetic field and cool down when that field is removed.

Hydrogels for tissue regeneration

A novel peptide-based hydrogel that can be injected as a solid may one day be used to repair damaged human tissue, according to scientists at the University of Delaware, USA. The low viscosity gel could be used to deliver cells and pharmaceuticals.
Integrated science degree for students

New integrated science degree

The UK’s Institute of Physics will launch its Integrated Science degree in four UK universities from September 2008. The degree will offer the opportunity to learn several UK disciplines, including physics, chemistry, engineering and biology.

Sustainable development central to engineering education

There is a conflict between the research assessment exercise for UK academics and the need to integrate sustainable developmnent into egineering education, concluded delagates at the Global Sustainability - The Future for Engineering Education Forum on 18 September 2007 in London, UK.