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Daido Steel Co., Ltd. and Honda Motor Co., Ltd. became the world’s first companies to achieve practical application of a hot deformed neodymium magnet containing no heavy rare earth and yet with high heat resistance properties and high magnetic performance required for the use in the driving motor of a hybrid vehicle.

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A new method for complex metallic architecture fabrication is presented, through synthesis and 3D-printing of a new class of 3D-inks into green-body structures followed by thermochemical transformation into sintered metallic counterparts. Small and large volumes of metal-oxide, metal, and metal compound 3D-printable inks are synthesized through simple mixing of solvent, powder, and the biomedical elastomer, polylactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA). These inks can be 3D-printed under ambient conditions

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I admire Ichiro for his professionalism such as physical condition control.

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The Heijokyo Tempyo-sai festival at what used to be the Imperial Palace in Nara
平城京天平祭:
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=706943112677195&id=364349473603229

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Hard work combined with serendipity paid off in this case, according to senior author Reginald Penner.

“Mya was playing around, and she coated this whole thing with a very thin gel layer and started to cycle it,” said Penner, chair of UCI’s chemistry department. “She discovered that just by using this gel, she could cycle it hundreds of thousands of times without losing any capacity.”

IRORIO
http://irorio.jp/glycine/20160502/318199/

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Engineers have developed the first fully integrated electronic system that can provide continuous, noninvasive monitoring of multiple biochemicals in sweat.

http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/01/27/wearable-sweat-sensors/

Nature 529, 509–514 (28 January 2016):
10.1038/nature16521


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Osaka Gas halves cost of making graphene

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Christmas has passed and now the whole of Japan is garing up for New-Year! Many shrines have large ema in their premises depicting a “Monkey - 猿”. These, can be quite an artistic show piece, instilling this years zodiac sign in no uncertain terms. This is the Goō Shrine (護王神社) opposite of the Imperial Palace. According to a Japan Times article we all should buy this: “As 2016 will be the year of the monkey, Japanese underwear makers are gearing up to employ their once-in-12-year sales tactics: marketing red underwear to cash in on a legend that one can stay healthy by wearing such garments in that particular year.” See here: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/10/28/national/underwear-makers-look-cash-demand-red-garments/#.Vn_aw5N95Jw . #Shōgatsu, #正月, #NewYear2016, #Kyoto, #YearoftheMonkey, #猿, #申年, #GoōShrine, #護王神社
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Magnesium is a light metal, with a density two-thirds that of aluminium, is abundant on Earth and is biocompatible; it thus has the potential to improve energy efficiency and system performance in aerospace, automobile, defence, mobile electronics and biomedical applications. However, conventional synthesis and processing methods (alloying and thermomechanical processing) have reached certain limits in further improving the properties of magnesium and other metals. Ceramic particles have been introduced into metal matrices to improve the strength of the metals, but unfortunately, ceramic microparticles severely degrade the plasticity and machinability of metals, and nanoparticles, although they have the potential to improve strength while maintaining or even improving the plasticity of metals are difficult to disperse uniformly in metal matrices.
Here we show that a dense uniform dispersion of silicon carbide nanoparticles (14 per cent by volume) in magnesium can be achieved through a nanoparticle self-stabilization mechanism in molten metal.

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http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/ucla-researchers-create-exceptionally-strong-and-lightweight-new-metal

Paper:
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v528/n7583/full/nature16445.html

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