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A University of Arizona-led research team has discovered a simple process for making a new lightweight plastic from the inexpensive and abundant element sulfur. This plastic can be molded into easy-to-make, lightweight lenses that transmit infrared light. Credit: Jared Griebel/ Pyun lab, University of Arizona department of chemistry and biochemistry.

Read: Better Thermal-Imaging Lens from Waste Sulfur

A thermal image of University of Arizona researcher Jared Griebel taken through ordinary plastic with an infrared camera. The ordinary plastic transmits very little infrared light. Courtesy of Eustace L. Dereniak, University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences. Credit: Courtesy of Eustace L. Dereniak, University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences.

A thermal image of University of Arizona researcher Jared Griebel taken through a piece of new sulfur-based plastic using an infrared camera. Courtesy of Eustace L. Dereniak, University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences. Credit: Courtesy of Eustace L. Dereniak, University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences.

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