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Looking back and looking forward: Paper physics and the paper industry

In 1937, E.W. Samson, a physicist for the Hammermill Paper Company, wrote an article titled "Physics in the paper industry"1. In his introduction, he wrote: Without paper there would be few physicists and very little understood physics. Conversely, without physics there would be no paper, for paper making is fundamentally a physical process. And yet this great industry managed to wobble along for about two thousand years without the aid of the physicist, and without apparently missing him. It is a pointed question to ask, what can the physicist do for the paper industry?

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Threads of Nanocellulose Stronger Than Spider Silk

Spider silk has been regarded as the world's strongest biomaterial; but thanks to Kark Håkansson's research, today there is something even stronger, the newsletter article reports: A thin thread of spun nanocellulose that could be used for anything from aircraft wings to artificial tendons in the body.

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