Automation improves tissue engineering

Artificial skin is being produced automatically in a lab in Germany, with the production enabled by tissue engineering. Previously, production was only possible only using expensive manual methods in specialized laboratories. Artificial skin for use in transplants or to verify the safety of the active ingredients of drugs, cosmetics and chemicals is a rare commodity. …

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Lead Battery Capacitor Hybrid could enable widespread microhybrid cars for 4-10% efficiency boost

CNET – Axion Power International has a developed an advanced lead-acid battery it hopes will attract automakers and grid storage providers. The basic chemistry and components are the same, but the company has an activated carbon negative electrode, a change that leads to better performance over time. The company is targeting start-stop hybrids in particular. …

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The Largest Emerging Economies in 2015 according to the IMF

The IMF projections for the countries with the largest nominal GDP in 2015 are: Rank Country 2010 2011 2012 2015 Annual % Status * World 61,963 65,417 69,125 81,963 5.8% 1 United States 14,624 15,157 15,824 18,029 4.3% 2 China 5,745 6,422 7,170 9,982 11.7% Emerging 3 Japan 5,391 5,683 5,878 6,517 3.9% 4 Germany …

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Color e-readers from Hanvon and Barnes and Noble

China Hanvon Technology is the world’s second-largest e-reader manufacturer and the world’s leading technology supplier of handwriting recognition, optical character recognition and biometrics identification. NY Times reports Hanvon’s first color e-ink product will using a 9.68-inch color touch screen will be available this March in China, starting at about $440. The price is less than …

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Idaho National Lab Achieves 19% Burn for Nuclear Pebbles

The fuel pellets contain a kernel of enriched uranium surrounded by carbon and carbide layers that act as a containment boundry for the radioactive material. Idaho National Laboratory (INL) scientists have set a new world record of 19% burn with next-generation particle fuel for use in high temperature gas reactors (HTGRs). INL researchers say the …

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