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Picture: Tera-Barrier’s Transparent Barrier Films

Nanoparticles boost barrier properties of plastic film

By Joseph James Whitworth

Tera-Barrier Films (TBF) has invented a plastic film using an encapsulated nanoparticle layer that it claims will bridge the gap between aluminium foil and transparent oxide films.

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Plasma power fights germs in food

By Rod Addy

Food processors can zap harmful organisms in packaged products using plasma power, thanks to a method just discovered by scientists at Glasgow University in Scotland.