Light-bending wood pulp, salt building material, seaweed bioplastics and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of November 18th

November 17, 2021 |

Lightbending was discovered by Avatar Shiron when a Firebender let his Yang overpower his Yin, then attempted to Generate Lightning which resulted in a white light, or so the Avatar story goes. But in the UK, light-bending researchers found a super sparkle was achieved by coaxing microscopic surfaces of cellulose, from wood pulp in this case, to align in such a way that they bend light—thus creating color and making some pretty awesome sparkly biodegradable glitter. And salt crystals used as building material makes you wonder what if Avatar Katara, the waterbender, makes it rain.

In today’s Digest, find out how these innovations of the week plus seaweed bioplastics, sugarcane bagasse masks, crabs in the lab, and more won’t wash away in the storm or fade in the light.

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