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2010-11-18 14:37:40

The change-over to lead-free products is in full progress. The problem is however that the environmentally friendly alternatives have to be as effi cient as the lead-containing variants. One example is the injection system of diesel engines. Lead-free functional materials can be found faster by means of computer simulation methods. Technical progress in the automobile industry is unbroken. But, the sector has still some hard nuts to crack: "Lead-free materials" is one of the challenges...

2010-11-09 20:55:24

The research has been carried out at the University of the Basque Country The manufacture of pneumatic tyres requires a large cost in energy and raw materials. Moreover, it is a great environmental problem once their life cycle is over, given that they are designed to resist all kinds of adverse conditions and are, thus, very complicated to eliminate. The chemist, Ms María Felisa Laresgoiti, chose to study the process of pyrolisis, both in order to recover part of the energy...

2010-11-09 00:00:00

LITTLETON, Colo., Nov. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Infinite Power Solutions (IPS) announced today that it has teamed with Texas Instruments (TI) to create the world's first perpetually-powered digital signal processor (DSP) solution using its industry leading solid-state energy storage solutions and ambient energy harvesting technology. This is made possible by the ultra-low power consumption of TI's TMS320C5515 DSP and the ultra-efficient, high-peak current capability and near loss-less...

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2010-11-02 09:12:33

Conductive plastic coatings could lead to new solar cells, windows, sensors By Mike Rodewald, UCLA Oil and water don't mix, but add in some nanofibers and all bets are off. A team of UCLA chemists and engineers has developed a new method for coating large surfaces with nanofiber thin films that are both transparent and electrically conductive. Their method involves the vigorous agitation of water, dense oil and polymer nanofibers. After this solution is sufficiently agitated it spreads...

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2010-10-22 07:55:51

The Terminator. The Borg. The Six Million Dollar Man. Science fiction is ripe with biological beings armed with artificial capabilities. In reality, however, the clunky connections between living and non-living worlds often lack a clear channel for communication. Now, scientists with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have designed an electrical link to living cells engineered to shuttle electrons across a cell's membrane to an external acceptor along a well-defined...

2010-10-19 12:30:04

When the storm winds blow, wind turbines have to show what they can stand up to. The wind blows hard against mills with the force of tons as the tips of the blades plow through the air at more than 200 kilometers per hour. But natural forces not only tear at wind turbines; machine components made of plastic or airplane wings must with stand substantial loads as well. These days, we normally use sensors to measure whether these components are strained beyond capacity, and it requires a lot of...

2010-10-18 19:00:00

HOUSTON, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. (NYSE: KRA), a leading global producer of styrenic block copolymers or "SBCs," announces plans to exhibit at The 18th International Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber Worldwide (K 2010), from October 27-November 3, 2010 in Dusseldorf, Germany. The company plans to showcase six of its latest innovations including alternatives for PVC, TPU, and natural rubber in automotive slush molded interior soft skins, medical and...

2010-10-13 11:19:51

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Just when we think we have administering medications down to a science, researchers have discovered a new method that could one day be more effective than methods used today. Researchers at Queen's University have discovered how molecules in glass or plastic are able to move when exposed to light from a laser. This method could one day be used to facilitate medicinal drug distribution by allowing doctors to control the rate and amount at which the drugs are given. ...

2010-10-12 08:30:00

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Although the market for synthetic latex polymers in Europe is expected to grow at a modest CAGR of 0.9% through 2014, it continued to demonstrate a declining trend in 2009 due to significant contraction in major end-use markets. The total market was estimated at 2.5 million dry tonnes in 2009, according to latest report Synthetic Latex Polymers 2009-2010 Global Series: Business Analysis and Opportunities from worldwide consulting and research firm...

2010-10-08 02:05:17

Researchers at Queen's University have discovered how molecules in glass or plastic are able to move when exposed to light from a laser. The findings could one day be used to facilitate medicinal drug distribution by allowing doctors to control the time and rate at which drugs are delivered into the body. The drugs, in a solid plastic carrier, could be released through the body when exposed to light. Lead researcher Jean-Michel Nunzi, a professor in the departments of Chemistry and Physics,...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.