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Content posted in January 2013
Drop Your Phone in the Sink – We Dare You
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1/29/2013  50 comments
What if you could actually drop your smartphone or tablet PC into the sink by accident, or into your plate of spaghetti sauce, and no harm would be done?
Update on 100-Percent Non-Food Jet Biofuel
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1/28/2013  29 comments
The 100-percent non-food biofuel that meets petroleum jet fuel specifications used in the historic Canadian test flight reduced emissions by 50 percent.
Flexible Tablet Prototype Is Electronic Paper
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1/22/2013  35 comments
The PaperTab splits a tablet's windows into separate sheets of user-editable electronic paper that store a lot of data and communicate with one another.
DuPont Recruits 500 Farmers for Non-Food Biofuel Project
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1/17/2013  42 comments
One of the first, and biggest commercial-scale cellulosic biorefineries in the world is targeted for completion next year by DuPont, which will make cellulosic ethanol from corn stalks and leaves.
McDonald's Trucks Log 800,000 Miles on Recycled Cooking Oil
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1/16/2013  19 comments
McDonald's delivery trucks in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have logged more than 800,000 miles on 100-percent, unblended biodiesel made from recycled cooking oil used in the chain's restaurants.
Daimler Funds 3D Printer for Auto Production
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1/4/2013  14 comments
Daimler AG has funded the development of a large build volume additive manufacturing (AM) system for use in automotive production.




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