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iPhone X Teardown – Don’t Try This At Home

Posted on December 20th, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications

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Image by Sam Lionheart [CC BY-NC-ND 3.0] via iFixit.com

Before you take a butter knife to pry open your latest $1000 Apple acquisition, you may want to see how the experts do it and consider replacement part costs. Continue reading “iPhone X Teardown – Don’t Try This At Home” »

We’re Engineers, Not Wizards:  Why Didn’t the PHA Catch This?

Posted on December 19th, 2017 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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“But how can they be charged with negligence because they were not wizards, appellant’s brief does not make clear.”  —Osmond K. Fraenkel, successfully arguing before the New York Supreme Court, 1935 Continue reading “We’re Engineers, Not Wizards:  Why Didn’t the PHA Catch This?” »

Brazilian Recovery, Argentine Projects Among APLA Highlights

Posted on December 18th, 2017 by

Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

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The economic recoveries in Brazil and Argentina are trickling down to the nation’s chemical industries, which are seeing demand rise and – in Argentina – the possibility of new capacity. These were among the highlights of this year’s annual meeting held by the Latin American Petrochemical Association (APLA), which ended Tuesday 14 November. Continue reading “Brazilian Recovery, Argentine Projects Among APLA Highlights” »

“Decisive Actions” Needed for GCC Chemicals

Posted on December 15th, 2017 by

Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

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The traditional reliance of the chemical industry in the GCC region on cheap and plentiful feedstock is no longer a guarantee for competitive performance. “Changes are necessary” to remain a global chemical powerhouse, according to the chairman of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA). Continue reading ““Decisive Actions” Needed for GCC Chemicals” »

Chemists Concerned About How Their Field is Viewed

Posted on December 14th, 2017 by

Chemical R&D

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Chemistry and its importance in everyday life is often underrated at best, and wildly misunderstood at worst. The stock image of scientists in white lab coats holding beakers of toxic chemicals has been hard to shake Continue reading “Chemists Concerned About How Their Field is Viewed” »

Strong AND Ductile Metals Possible with 3D Printing

Posted on December 13th, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications

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Engineers and metallurgists may no longer have to trade strength for ductility when choosing structural metals thanks to 3D printing techniques. Continue reading “Strong AND Ductile Metals Possible with 3D Printing” »

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