polymers

This Blooming Flower Isn’t What It Seems At All

This Blooming Flower Isn’t What It Seems At All

Scientists have been working on materials that change shape for a while now. But as New Scientist points out, these metamorphoses usually require external stimuli to get going — until now. New research published in Nature Communications shows that some non-living substances can be made to transform all on their…

Secret Molecular Barcodes Could Be Used To Fight Counterfeits 

Secret Molecular Barcodes Could Be Used To Fight Counterfeits 

French scientists have created the first synthetic polymers that can store information as bits of 0s and 1s. You might think of it as a highly simplified version of DNA, another molecule that is very, very good at storing information. These new polymers could one day replace DNA in the…