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Bio-lubricants to Top $2.6 Billion

Posted December 09, 2014 12:00 AM by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter

The global market for bio-lubricants - everything from motor oil to mechanical greases - is expected to top $2.6 billion by 2020, according to a new market research study. So-called green lubricants are fast gaining in popularity because of their biodegradability, constant viscosity, lower emissions, and high flash point. The top raw material for these lubricants is vegetable oil, such as palm oil and castor oil, with demand exceeding 450,000 metric tons last year. However, the high cost to produce compared with conventional synthetic lubricants and a limited application scope are expected to hold back growth in the near term.


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Technologies to Promote Self-healing

Posted November 27, 2014 12:00 AM by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter

Comic book heroes and cartoon characters that can heal themselves are the stuff of fiction. But, wait, not so fast, says the U.S. Department of Defense. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, known as DARPA, has embarked on a program called ElectRx to develop technologies that, in effect, allow the human body to restore itself to health. This novel approach to self-healing is based on electro therapies that target the peripheral nervous system to promote self-healing, reduce dependence on traditional medications, and provide new treatment options for illnesses.


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Taking a Toxin's Fingerprint Reveals Potential Hazards

Posted September 18, 2014 12:00 AM by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter

In an age of chemical biological warfare, hazardous spills, and terrorist threats, detecting the presence of toxic chemicals is a growing concern. The problem is that current detection methods can be slow and imprecise. Now, researchers in Scotland are developing a portable laser device that can rapidly identify a hazardous substance. The technology uses lasers that pulse light lasting less than one millionth of one millionth of a second to read a chemical's 'color fingerprint' and detect whether it's toxic or not.


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North America Tops in Biopolymers

Posted May 19, 2014 12:00 AM by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter

The market for biopolymers - those containing material produced from renewable sources - is growing rapidly, driven largely by industrial demand in North America and Europe, with Asia following close behind. Currently, North America is the largest market for biopolymers, consuming more than one-third of total demand, according to a recently released market research report. Packaging is the largest application, representing more than 57% of demand. The most common biopolymer types are polyethylene, polyethylene terephthalate, and polylactic acid.


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Regulators Unprepared for Nanotech Risks?

Posted April 16, 2014 12:00 AM by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter

Are regulators prepared for the potential risks posed by nanotechnology? According to a survey by universities in the U.S. and Canada, the answer is no. Survey respondents who viewed the risks of nanotechnology as new territory - including nano-scientists and engineers, environmental health and safety scientists, and regulators - tended to have the least trust in regulatory mechanisms to manage the potential risks. In fact, representatives of regulatory agencies themselves felt most strongly that they were ill-prepared to deal with nanotechnology.


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Chemical Imaging Brings Faster Tissue Analysis

Posted March 18, 2014 12:00 PM by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter

Examination of a living tissue, or biopsy, is often the best way to determine the existence or extent of a disease such as cancer. The downside is that it can take weeks to obtain a final result - time that is critical to a patient getting proper treatment. Now, researchers have developed a new method of chemical imaging analysis that is far less time consuming and can provide more detailed information than standard histological tests. The new test will enable physicians to more quickly determine the best treatment.


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