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Fascinating Silicone
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Fascinating Silicone

If the wind hasn't blown through your window, if your hair is soft and lustrous, and if your computer hasn't overheated, that's all, probably, because of silicones.

These human-made polymers have thousands of uses. If you learn only one thing here, we hope it's this: Silicone is NOT silicon (though silicon is one of its ingredients).

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DARPA and the Amazing Silicone Color-Changing Robot

DARPA and the Amazing Silicone Color-Changing Robot

Most robots are solid and hugely expensive. The military has its eye on one that is squishy and cheap, and made of silicone. More...

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Armed With Science
Innovations of Silicone

Innovations of Silicone

Roll your cursor over the dates on this site, and follow the development of silicones from “sticky messes” to a key ingredient in “intelligent textiles.” More...

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Dow Corning
Seeing Clearly With Silicone

Seeing Clearly With Silicone

Poor kids with poor vision and no eye care may soon be seeing clearly, thanks to self-adjusting glasses. Changing the amount of silicone fluid in the lenses changes the prescription. More...

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Royal Society of Chemistry
Silicon (vs. Silicone)

Silicon (vs. Silicone)

Still unclear about the difference between silicone and silicon? The images on this site make the difference unmistakable. More...

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Element Collection
Silicon, Silica, Silicates, and Silicone

Silicon, Silica, Silicates, and Silicone

What’s the difference between silicon, silica, silicates, and silicone? This PDF is where it all gets sorted out. (Click file link to open.) More...

Article
University of Wisconsin, River Falls
Silicone Polymers

Silicone Polymers

Silicones are great at resisting heat, water, and chemicals, but experts are still arguing over whether they're safe to implant in a person's body. More...

Article
Elmhurst College
Synthetic Jellyfish

Synthetic Jellyfish

In an effort to make living muscle tissue, scientists created a medusoid from silicone and muscle cells. And it swims just like the moon jellyfish it's modeled after! More...

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