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Unbreakable plastics for iPods and other electronics

Lexan applied in a MP3-player

Polycarbonate plastics resins let the music play on for iPods and other holiday electronics with protective and stylish covers and cases.

They’re primo on holiday wish lists; they’re pricey; and they’re precious to their owners. So after unwrapping an iPod or MP3 player that may cost upwards of $450, it’s important to safeguard these surprisingly delicate devices from being dropped, banged, or stepped on. Dozens of companies offer protective and stylish covers and cases for iPods – and the majority rely on the toughness, scratch resistance, and light weight of GE’s Lexan polycarbonate.

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Appliances leader honored with multiple design awards

Whirlpool award winning appliances

Leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances has been recognized by two esteemed organizations for its great product designs.

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Rotational Molders awards for Kynar plastics tank

ThermoFlex

The Association of Rotational Molders awards Formed Plastics for an innovative product, the Kynar tank for the ThermoFlex chiller.

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Hybrid bridge across the river Dommel

Dommel composite bridge

Beginning 2005 a hybrid bridge (composite/steel/concrete) was constructed on the High Tech Campus of Philips Electronics, across the river Dommel near the city of Eindhoven, Netherlands. This bridge was designed by the architects of Juurling + Geluk in Rotterdam; DHV were the engineers.

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Trekinetic's K-2 all terrain wheelchair

Trekinetic's K-2 all terrain wheelchair

TREKINETIC's K-2 ALL TERRAIN offers a revolutionary departure from conventional manual wheelchairs.

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Windsurfing fins with a self-adjusting cambered profile

Self-adjusting SmartFins

SmartFins are revolutionary new fins for professional windsurfers and amateur racers. The self-adjusting camber sets the new standard for comfort, control and ultimate top-speed in windsurfing.

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Wool filters for use in air-conditioning systems

CSIRO has developed an electrostatically charged wool filter medium which consumes little energy, is highly efficient and makes breathing easier.

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Iron Ore 2007

This major international conference will bring together people involved in all technical aspects of the iron ore industry, from the host rocks to production and processing.

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Hummer O2 wins La Autoshow Design Challenge

Hummer O2

General Motors Advanced Design wins the LA Autoshow Design Challenge 2006 with the Hummer O2. The Hummer 02 epitomizes the ethos of the Southern California outdoors enthusiast with rugged capability and construction methods that promote safety, accessibility and post-consumer re-use. It's a Hummer that provides an environmental net gain.

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