The France 3 TV show "Paname" did us the honor of coming to visit us ten days ago, for a quick discovery of material, embellished with some handling of strange materials. If you missed the TV broadcast, you can find this excerpt on our blog, here
Each day of the calendar now has its cause, its theme, its spotlight. Well today is World Bamboo Day, the opportunity to honor this herbaceous plant (yes, it's not wood), with its ultra-fast growth, its legendary hardness and with multiple applications. Conferences organized throughout the day and all over the world, also an opportunity to discover very ambitious bamboo architectural projects. And of course, dozens of ID Cards in our database related to bamboo, panels, parquet, veneers, fiber, bamboo charcoal, structural principles etc. The WBD program is here
It looks like diatoms or other microorganisms suspended in the seabed, phenomena of cell divisions, the genesis of an embryo. A subtle play of colors, translucency, transparency on magnificently worked glass blocks. These glass sculptures are part of a "Segmentation" series by American artist Jiyong Lee Evoke, on view now in St. Louis and in 2021 in Paris.
"The segmented, geometrical forms of my work represent cells, embryos, biological and molecular structures—each symbolizing the building blocks of life as well as the starting point of life."
Jiyong Lee Evoke website here
Scientists at Indiana and Copenhagen Universities have succeeded in creating the most fluorescent material on earth. Researchers have transferred the gloss and luminescence properties of highly fluorescent dyes to solid polymers. The problem they had been facing for years is that these dyes, during their solidification phase, tend to associate with each other electronically, the pairs formed attenuating their fluorescent glow. The researchers found a solution to this problem, through the use of a star-shaped macrocycle molecule that prevents fluorescent molecules from interacting with each other. Since the macrocycles which serve as separators are transparent, fluorescent dyes can retain their optical properties and therefore express their full power of light emission. Many applications are envisioned for these new high-gloss materials, including solar energy harvesting, bioimaging, 3D display technologies, laser industry, signaling, etc.