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By Jamie Condliffe on at

This impressive-looking piece of equipment lives up to its appearance. The Plasma Kristall-4, to give the device its full name, recreates how atoms interact so we can understand the intricacies of basic physics and chemistry in space. Read more >>

By Jamie Condliffe on at

What looks like an unassuming block of fluff is actually a breakthrough in materials science. Applications for this newly affordable form of aerogel – made from waste paper – span oil spills to babies' nappies. Read more >>