With the depressing news about security holes below the fold it seemed appropriate to post something positive before you get depressed about PDFs, fonts and other such things. This morning Slashdot posted just such a story, researchers have managed to turn recycled paper into an aerogel. Aerogels are a relatively new substance, usually created with silica, metals or polymers and are incredibly light, amazing insulators and often have other arcane usages. Recycled paper might not seem a likely substance to form an insulator, however the polymer resin coated cellulose aerogel still retains that common property. It is also capable of absorbing up to 90 times its dry weight in spilled oil while completely excluding water, and to allow for the recovery of 99% of that oil for use again.
"A team of scientists have successfully turned paper waste into aerogel. Aerogels are used in insulation, and they are usually made out of polymers and silica. But a research team at the National University of Singapore managed to make the highly sought-after product using recycled paper …"
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Linode SSH key blunder left virtual servers open to man-in-the-middle fiddles for months @ The Register
- LibreOffice 5.1 arrives with retooled UI and improved Microsoft Office compatibility @ The Inquirer
- Don't touch that PDF or webpage until your Windows PC is patched @ The Register
- It's 2016 and a font file can own your computer @ The Register
- Google crafts custom networking CPU with parallel computing links @ The Register
- Samsung POWERbot VR9300K & VR9200 Models Revealed @ Tech ARP