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New Materials Zone
New materials are cleverly designed substances based on recent technology. From flexible, lightweight, transparent and electrically conductive materials that can be worn to monitor your heartbeat and record unusual symptoms, to chewing gum containing finely powdered glass that can help to protect teeth and gums from decay.
Scientists in this zone might be working with new materials that can deliver drugs within the body, targeting specific sites, such as organs or tumours. Or they could be researching new materials that react to changes in their environments, such as temperature, light, pressure or moisture.