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What new materials are there?

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New hardened material :
 

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Applied mycology again:


Paywalled, but you can get the gist and no doubt googling names will lead you to papers.
The full paper, preprint.
 

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A couple of interesting things about this stuff. First, its applications for solar cells as noted in the article, because it shifts radiation from a useless or harmful frequency to one that can be harvested. Second, biofluorescence (not to be confused with bioluminescence) has evolved as a strategy to deal with UV (in fact astrobiologists have proposed looking for fluorescence on planets around red dwarfs when the flare as biosigns).
Overall it looks like biotech (well, beer is biotech come to think of it) biomimetics, synthetic biology are going to have significant applications in space.
 
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