Science in the service of Henry VIII: Conserving a Tudor collection

The Mary Rose, a flagship of Henry VIII’s English fleet, sank off the coast of Portsmouth in 1545. The hull now resides in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard alongside a number of the discovered artefacts. These provide us with a unique insight into Tudor Maritime life and act as a time capsule for this particular moment in […]

Coffee+Chat: What is Material Science?

In this video interview series, we ask Imperial College scientists to explain their research. This episode features material scientists Dr Ainara Aguadero.

Performing matter: Greatest hits and new findings

Materials perform. Stuff is constantly getting up to things. Matter isdoing all of the time, just to exist and make up the world of objects. In this demo-led exploration of materials, Zoe Laughlin will show the micro becoming macro, the inanimate becoming animate, and material science performing. This is your chance to witness some of […]

News Round-Up: New Moon, Solar Windows, ‘Green’ Algae, Namibian Water

Pluto’s fifth moon discovered Image: Hubblesite A new moon has been found orbiting Pluto, bringing the number of satellites known around the former planet to five. P5 – the moon’s temporary designation – is between 10 to 25 km across (less than the diameter of London’s North Circular Road), and was discovered by scientists at […]

Part 1: Treading the Line

The recent alarm over use of sub-standard breast implants has exposed serious flaws in the European health regulatory system. But leaders must ensure that they strike a balance between managing risk and stifling innovation in coming up with a better model. Nearly two years ago, in March 2010, the French health regulatory authorities conducted a […]

V&A Museum: The Power of Making

Power of Making Victoria and Albert Museum 6 September 2011 – 2 January 2012 There are three types of making: adding, subtracting and transforming. The V&A aims to take visitors on a journey through these processes to explore the cultural, historical and physical consequences of the objects in our world and the people who made […]

Designer tissue to heal our hearts

“And how can you mend a broken heart? How can you stop the rain from falling down?”  If soul legend Al Green’s song tugged at your heartstrings, you might want to reach out for some tissues now.  Tissues can wipe your tears, but if you talk to an engineer, you’ll learn that they can also […]

Want carbon capture on the cheap? Use a MOP

Capturing carbon dioxide at coal power stations is a great way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but energy companies are put off by the high cost of technology.  Could a new type of carbon-filtering membrane be the economical answer? According to recent estimates, it costs $150 to remove one tonne of CO2 from power station outflow. […]

London’s Swingers

Anne Coleman, photography Jonathan Primmer – April 2010   Introduction   We are all familiar with London’s sprawling skyline, or rather river-line. Dotted with structures such as the London Eye, the Millennium Bridge and Canary Wharf, which are all household names, it is hard to picture a London without them. They represent our culture, our […]