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What technical professionals need to know about the America Invents Act — Part 2
By Moris Amon
On Sept. 19, 2011, the U.S. Congress passed the Smith-Leahy America Invents Act (AIA). This law will have a profound effect on America's technological future — and, probably, on most of the readers of this newsletter. This series of articles outlines, for the benefit of nonlawyers, the changes it brings to the U.S. patent system. This article covers new administrative proceedings facilitating challenges to or defense of a patent's validity without recourse to litigation.
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Field-emission properties of carbon nanotube-polyaniline composites
SPE Plastics Research Online
The nanoscale dimensions, closed topology, and lattice helicity of carbon nanotubes have led to their impact on broad areas of science and technology, ranging from super-strong nanocomposites to nanoelectronics.
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    Economist: Plastics sector not fully recovered from Great Recession
    Plastics News
    A new U.S. report on industrial production points to a recovering manufacturing base, but one researcher is warning that the numbers are not as good as they appear, and that the plastics industry in particular still has a lot of ground to make up.
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    Scientists create 1st shape-memory plastics able to reverse deformation
    R&D Magazine
    Biomaterial researchers in Teltow have developed plastics that can repeatedly change from one shape to another and then back again when temperatures fluctuate within a selected range. The material, dubbed "polymer actuators" by its creators, thus overcomes a major limitation that affects similar materials. Up until now, polymers with temperature-controlled shape memory could only change form once.
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    Dow Chemical licenses polymeric flame retardant technology
    Plastics News
    Dow Chemical Co. has licensed its polymeric flame retardant technology to three firms, including one that has begun commercial production of the material. Materials made with the Dow technology are designed to replace hexabromocyclododecane, a common flame retardant that's been labeled a pollutant with possible human health risks.
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    Dendrimers, dendrons and dendritic polymers
    Chemistry World
    Since the term was first coined in 1985 by Donald Tomalia, dendrimer research, a branch of polymer chemistry, has increased dramatically.

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    What technical professionals need to know about the America Invents Act — Part 2
    By Moris Amon
    On Sept. 19, 2011, the U.S. Congress passed the Smith-Leahy America Invents Act (AIA). This law will have a profound effect on America's technological future — and, probably, on most of the readers of this newsletter.

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    The smallest puzzle in the world
    Phys.Org
    Three pieces of less than 1 mm in size each may be put together to make what is probably the smallest puzzle in the world.

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    Graphene: The latest fashionable material
    By Adolfo Benedito
    Graphene is that magic word everyone is talking about. This popular, highly praised material is expected to give rise to revolutionary and astonishing applications. Its commercial implementation, for those working with the material, is going to take place in record time in comparison to any other material belonging to the so-called historical materials. Without a doubt, it is something revolutionary. But, as always, behind the impressive facade we can find doubts, questions and gray areas. As proven by history: pie-in-the-sky dreams never come true.
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    Plastic can protect astronauts
    Design News
    Usually when we tell you about plastic aerospace materials, we're talking about carbon or glass fiber composites: going to Jupiter on the Juno satellite, in the Pegasus XL launch rocket, or on Virgin's SpaceShipTwo spacecraft. This time, the materials are thermoplastics that may be powerful enough to shield astronauts against radiation in space, which is no mean feat.
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    Global demand for silicones to increase 5.9 percent
    European Plastics News
    Stimulated by improvements in the manufacturing and construction markets, global demand for silicones will increase 5.9 percent until 2017, according to a new report. The World Silicones to 2017 report from Freedonia says the market will be worth $18.9 billion in 2017, up from its current value of $14.2 billion.
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    Is eco-friendly 3-D printing a myth?
    Live Science
    A few years ago, the consensus was happily (and naively) positive that 3-D printing was innately greener than conventional manufacturing technologies. Today, the jury is still out. Society is growing wiser and maybe a bit more skeptical.
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    Soft PA 610 targets tubing, pipe applications; an alternative to PA 12
    Plastics Today
    Since BASF introduced the first glass fiber-reinforced PA610 injection molding grades of Ultramid S Balance at the K 2010 Plastics Trade Show, the material has found use in numerous applications because of its stress cracking resistance. Because of the current demand in the market and its years of experience in extrusion, BASF has now decided to expand its PA 610 line of products to include extrusion grades.
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  • New technology for coffee cups separates the plastic from the paper
    Plastics Today
    Most people's morning routine involves coffee. After all, an estimated 58 percent of American adults consume coffee daily, according to the National Coffee Association. And as a result, both foam and paper disposable cups are everywhere. Many coffee companies both large and small turn to paper cups. Starbucks uses about 4 billion disposable cups annually, but unless you're in cities with robust recycling programs such as Seattle or San Francisco, the cup probably ends up in the landfill.
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    Redefining the outsourced supply chain
    Packaging World
    To state the obvious, contract packaging is rapidly evolving. The core outsourced-packaging function is easily understood, but the form and function of the contract packaging organization is a moving target. Decades ago, a co-packer was defined by the machines the company had on the floor.
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    Sabic praises student car lighting designers
    Plastics & Rubber Weekly
    The Enope car design by Irish student Daniel Quinlan has won the individual grand prize in the VISIcON Automotive Lighting Design Competition organised by Sabic and the Royal College of Art in London. Quinlan used Sabic materials in the design, including Lexan polycarbonate glazing with illuminated edges.
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    'Capa' caprolactones for bioplastic blends ready to be launched
    Plast Europe
    Swedish specialty chemicals producer Perstor plans to launch new "Capa" caprolactones for bioplastic blends at the "K" Fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, in October. The company says it has enhanced the biodegradability and bioplastic performance of the products. The updated caprolactones can be used to enhance the properties of bioplastics such as PLA and starch-based polymers, allowing them to be used for new market opportunities and applications.
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    Grants support program for plastics manufacturers
    Penn State University
    Through grants from the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corp., Plastics SourceNet, of the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology, is administering $37,750 in subsidized training to benefit central Pennsylvania plastics manufacturers and their employees.
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    Army adopts stronger, lighter composite materials
    United States Army
    In the future, Army aircraft may be made of all composite materials, and the Prototype Integration Facility Advanced Composites Laboratory is ready. Part of the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center's, or AMRDEC's, Engineering Directorate, the Prototype Integration Facility's, PIF's, Advanced Composites Lab has successfully designed and made repairs on damaged composite aircraft components for several years now.
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