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LANXESS’ Polyamide Composite Sheet Hybrid Technology Cuts Weight Of Airbag Housing

While airbag is one of the most important safety devices in a car, it is often not the most considered criterion while buying a car. It is unfortunate that some of India’s most popular and fastest selling cars come without airbags. A recent global study by the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) revealed that 1/5th of all cars sold in India aren’t safe for either adult drivers or child passengers in the rear. The report also said that the mere installation of airbags can get the cars a much better safety rating. Often consumers of such cars are willing to pay extra for aesthetic enhancements while ignoring a critically important safety feature – the airbag.

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Indigenously Developed LTTD Technology Is Working Well

The Low Temperature Thermal Desalination (LTTD) technology indigenously developed and demonstrated by the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), Earth System Science Organization (ESSO) is found suitable for the Lakshadweep islands. The thermal gradient (temperature difference between sea surface water and deep sea water) of about 15⁰C is required to be found near the coast and such conditions are found near Lakshadweep coasts only as of now.

 

Research Outcome To Aid Faster Design Of Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Power Systems

CD-adapco has announced the successful completion of its development project targeting the automotive and lithium ion battery industries, enabling faster design and development of advanced electric drive vehicle power systems.

Ames Laboratory Installs Instrument To Study Materials At Atomic Level

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory is now the home to a Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP) solid-state Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometer that helps scientists understand how individual atoms are arranged in materials. Ames Laboratory’s DNP-NMR is the first to be used for materials science and chemistry in the United States.

 

 

To obtain this detailed information about materials’ structure and dynamics, solid-state NMR monitors the response of atomic nuclei to excitation with radio frequency waves.

 

 

“The frequency at which nuclei respond creates a unique spectral ‘fingerprint’ of their local environment within a material,” said Marek Pruski, Ames Laboratory’s Lead Scientist in Solid-State NMR.

 

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Government Of Germany Encourages Fuel Cell Research

FuelCell Energy Solutions GmbH (FCES), which manufactures, sells, operates and services ultra-clean, efficient and reliable fuel cell power plants, has announced the issuance of nearly €5 million in awards by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy to support a three year research and development project between FCES and joint venture partner Fraunhofer IKTS. The project targets further enhancements to the Direct FuelCell (DFC) technology by increasing power density and operating life of the fuel cells, leading to lower costs. The research is being performed in Germany by FCES at an existing facility in Ottobrunn and by Fraunhofer IKTS at a facility located in Dresden.

 

 

GE Develops Solutions To Mitigate Challenges For Refinery Operators

GE has developed two new products to help refineries process incompatible crude oil blends. Unlike many traditional asphaltene dispersants, GE's new EmBreak 2167 and EmBreak 2168 crude stabilisers are ashless and do not contain any metals that could contribute to catalyst contamination or equipment fouling.

 

 

Road Shows In Cities Start As A Prelude To LWPI

LASER World of PHOTONICS INDIA (LWPI), which will be held from 23 to 25 September 2014 in Bengaluru, is starting with a series of road shows in several key industrial and academic cities of India.

 

 

The road shows have been planned to showcase the use of lasers and photonics across different application industries.

 

 

The first road show, on ‘Importance of Lasers in Metal Forming Industry’ and ‘Modern advanced research in Science using Lasers; has been conducted in Mumbai on June 23.  It was addressed by Dr. Lalit Kumar, Managing Director, Laser Science. According to Lase Science, some of India‘s renowned scientific and industrial experts will actively be involved with LWPI.

 

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Semicon West To Start From Tomorrow

Innovation in device architecture and process technology is a critical priority for the semiconductor manufacturing industry in light of the complexity, cost and uncertain timing of availability for the introduction of 450mm wafers and next-generation lithography.

 

 

Consequently, the semiconductor equipment and materials industry is urgently pursuing a range of alternative microelectronics manufacturing technologies including finFETs, 3D-IC, and multiple patterning lithography.

 

 

PLUSS Polymers Creates An Exciting Healthcare Product, Receives Award

PLUSS Polymers, the company developing specialised polymers and Phase-Change Materials (PCMs), has bagged the honour of ‘Best Innovation & Research in Health Care’ at the Indo-Global HealthCare Summit & Expo 2014. Out of the many products showcased in the conference, ‘MiraCradle’ was the product that earned the title for PLUSS Polymers.

 

 

MiraCradle is a low cost device that induces therapeutic hypothermia among newborns suffering from birth asphyxia using the advanced Phase Change Material technology. It will help save lives of approximately 150,000 newborns in India and 700,000 across the world, which is currently dependent on the expensive servo control instruments that most hospitals in the world cannot afford.

 

 

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Pfizer Inaugurates New R&D Site

Pfizer has opened a new 280,000 square-feet Research and Development (R&D) hub in Cambridge, Mass. The new Pfizer facilities in Kendall Square bring together 1,000 colleagues from three area locations and position Pfizer in closer proximity to leading academic institutions, hospitals and patient organisations.

 

 

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