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Graphene transcends disciplines

Interestingly, a few days ago The Economist published an article stating that “Bacteria may be the key to turning graphene into a semiconductor”, showing the potential of graphene in transcending disciplines in an effort to deliver superior products and services that are better for the ‘People, Profit and Planet’.

Given graphene’s extraordinary electrical conductivity properties, the possibility of making thin, flexible, semi-transparent graphene based electronics has existed in the public imagination for some time now. However, to date tests on graphene sheets showed that the electric current moves randomly and in all directions. Moreover, graphene does not have a bandgap – “a property needed to create the distinct “on” and “off” electronic states that transistors rely on to work, and which is induced in a material by disrupting the way its electrons are distributed”.

Opening up a bandgap by introducing atoms of other elements into graphene’s sheets has shown to reduce graphene’s conductivity. However, a team of researchers from the University of Illinois, in Chicago, has recently uncovered a controlled method for modifying the atomic sheets by the use of wrinkles, using a bacterium called Bacillus subtilis.

By Anna Mieczakowski

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tesla model s chassis battery Tesla Promises To Not Sue Anyone Using Its TechnologyTesla has open-sourced its patents on electric vehicle technology, according to a post on the company’s blog by CEO Elon Musk.

Musk explains that one of the company’s biggest goals is to move the entire electric vehicle market forward, which it can’t accomplish if it’s making it harder for others to enter the space:

Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal. Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.

This news comes just days after Musk revealed that he wants to share the technology behind Tesla’s Supercharger plug-in stations with other auto manufacturers to create a standard that every electric car owner will know they can rely on when traveling.

It’s an interesting strategy. Helping others catch up on performance and range makes Tesla a less attractive option for those looking to specifically buy into the electric car market.

But if electric cars get better across the board, it might expand the pool of people who’d even consider buying one. With its reputation for industry-leading design, Tesla is in a good position to soak up a significant portion of that growth.

The move is reminiscent of Twitter’s Innovator’s Patent Agreement, announced back in 2012. Twitter promises that it won’t use its trove of patents to sue a competitor without permission from the actual inventor of a patent. It’ll only hold on to patents to make sure it won’t get sued by someone with a giant collection of them.

At a time when it seems like everyone is suing each other to try to get some kind of a leg up on the competition, it’s good to see influential companies deciding to step away from the fray.

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Putting the Batter back in the Cake

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Terrible Mistakes
In Jahra, Kuwait, a five million tire fire erupted on April 16, 2012

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The reality of the numbers

TEDxKL 2013

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Sekhar Research Innovations signing ceremony with AIM & QMA


A significant milestone for SRI and I, we inked our term sheet with Agensi Innovasi Malaysia and QuestMark Group. An important step for us but marking the begining of our journey and the challenges to come.

The excitement at the prospect of moving ahead with greater momentum is palpable, the entire team is galvanized for the next steps.

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Signing Term Sheet with AIM & QMA




A long journey for all of us, I am personally looking forward to publishing technical papers on our innovation and starting the process of introduction of SRI Compounds into the market, the Global Market.

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Scott Anthony

Scott leads Innosight’s Asian operations. His fourth book on innovation, The Little Black Book of Innovation, is now available (HBR Press, January 2012). Follow him on Twitter at @ScottDAnthony.

I love my three young children immensely. So it’s hard for me to be fully rational about them. Of course they are the smartest, the best looking, and the most athletic. I’m not alone — all parents are irrational. We lose sleep worrying about things we can’t control and take pride in ridiculously small achievements we had nothing to do with.

A similar type of irrationality affects innovators. Talk to an entrepreneur or a scientist about the idea they are working on — it’s just like talking to a parent of young children. They feel unduly proud when their team does something without needing their help. They endlessly worry about things that are well beyond their control.

It’s hard to understand these types of feelings until you actually experience them. Actually, I’d even go a step further. As much as I love my kids, it’s hard for me to have the same connection with them as my wife does — for obvious reasons — but with innovation … well, it’s the closest a man can get to giving birth.

Irrationality can be a strong asset. Sure, a vast majority of new businesses fail, so a fairly rational person could easily justify maintaining the status quo. But our world is — unquestionably — a better place because people take risks that don’t quite make logical sense. Of course, irrationality presents challenges too. It can blind innovators to real problems and to important signals telling them to do something different. Yes, perseverance may be an underappreciated skill, but when paired with passion, it often leads to fanaticism.

So how can you toe the line between irrationality and fanaticism without pursuing a doomed idea?

1. Find a Devil’s Advocate. While many innovators hate the term, a devil’s advocate plays a very healthy role in a creative process by presenting plausible, alternative (and often less positive) explanations of observed phenomena. Experienced board members often play this role for young start-ups. But remember: the point isn’t to disagree for the sake of being difficult.

2. Embrace the discipline of testing. W. Edwards Deming, the father of the quality movement, had a wonderful quote that described the essence of waste-reducing processes and procedures utilized by companies around the world: “In God we trust; all others must bring data.” As detailed by Steve Blank, Peter Sims, Eric Ries, and others, innovators should follow this mantra as well. Turn proclamations into testable hypotheses. Run experiments. Be honest about what you find.


3. Follow the selective scarcity principle. In Chapter 4 of The Little Black Book of Innovation, I describe how the seven deadly sins serve as a good reminder of common innovation pitfalls. The most surprising sin? Gluttony. An abundance of time, money, or people would seem to accelerate innovation, but it often leads to slow, overly linear efforts. Setting early deadlines, consciously constraining funding, and keeping teams lean can help to force necessary course corrections.

So next time you hear a wide-eyed entrepreneur talking about what sounds like a prosaic-at-best accomplishment, cut them a bit of slack. That irrationality — if it’s properly contained — might just help launch a world-changing business that would not otherwise exist.


 Joel Makower So, we need to align green innovations, and the marketing that goes into them, with the idea of being better, not just greener.

 Joel Makower So, we need to align green innovations, and the marketing that goes into them, with the idea of being better, not just greener.

Joel Makower: Green business maven shares his insights

Makower, one of the most respected voices in green business, talks about greener corporations, what the government could be doing to foster more environmentally friendly businesses, and why he’s optimistic about the future.

Mon, Jan 30 2012 at 10:16 PM EST


joel makower feat Joel Makower So, we need to align green innovations, and the marketing that goes into them, with the idea of being better, not just greener. Photo: Joel Makower
Joel Makower grew up in California and graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in journalism. He worked as a journalist and nationally syndicated columnist and is a prolific author, with more than a dozen books published, including the oral history of the Woodstock music festival, a book that Rolling Stone called “the definitive history of the mega-event.” He has focused on the environment for more than 20 years and is a well-respected speaker, writer and consultant on all things green business including regular appearances on NPR’s “Marketplace” as a commentator. Joel is the chairman and executive editor of the GreenBiz Group and founder of GreenBiz.
I have been a fan of Joel’s writing for as long as I’ve been reading environmental news and commentary. His book “Beyond The Bottom Line” was one of the first green business books I read and was a major influence in how I see the intersection between business and environment. I’m thrilled that he so kindly took the time to answer these seven questions.
MNN: Does the world need saving?
Joel Makower: The world doesn’t need saving — it will endure long after we’ve clearcut the last tree, poisoned the last breathable air, and extinguished the last endangered species: us. What needs saving is humans’ ability to lead happy and fulfilling lives in harmony with the planet. Of course, parsing what it means to be “happy and fulfilling” is the beginning of a really interesting conversation. Over the past few decades, we in the developed world have been taught to believe that the latest, greatest stuff — and lots of it — will make us fulfilled and content. But that hasn’t been the case — in fact, studies show that we’re less fulfilled and content than ever.
So, it’s us that needs saving. We need to rediscover a sense of balance and well-being in our homes and communities that is defined in part on our comfort and well-being, but also by our connections to one another and the pleasure that they bring. We need to reconnect with — or simply meet — our neighbors. We need a culture based on the growth of happiness, not the growth of stuff. We need to create a culture of sharing what we own — what some call “collaborative consumption.” We need companies — both incumbents and start-ups — to step up to the challenge with bold new and innovative products, services and business models. We need everyone’s good ideas.
What’s the difference between green and greener?
They’re both words that have no definition, at least in the environmental realm, so it’s all in the eye of the beholder. By my reckoning, the former is a destination while the latter implies a process. And since there really are few absolutely green products, the latter word, greener, is probably a more apt adjective. That’s why on GreenBiz, we named three of our channels “GreenerDesign,” “GreenerComputing” and “GreenerBuildings” — because there really is no absolutely green design, IT technology, or building — only those that are greener than others.
As I said, they’re just words, but words matter. A great many people — consumers, companies, activists, and those of us who communicate to them — have been grappling with what words to use. “Green” vs. “greener” is just one example. “Green” versus “sustainable” is another. The S-word is more comprehensive, covering social equity as well as environmental issues, but it’s often used inaccurately as a synonym for “environmental.” And no one has come up with a good alternative to either (and several have tried). This conversation likely will continue for some time.
What’s the biggest single impediment to a truly sustainably world?
In a word: Change.
Change is hard — whether for individuals, families, companies, activists or politicians. And as much as segments of each of these constituencies may want to see action in addressing our serious environmental challenges, far fewer want to change. Oh, they may say they do, but when it comes time to take action, people overwhelmingly stick to what they know. As I’ve often said: When it comes to change, people love the noun but hate the verb. They want change without changing.
The problem is that most of the changes we’re being asked to make — buy something different, buy less, change habits, transform business operations, or pass new and different laws — don’t typically benefit us individually, at least not in the short term. They have longer-term benefits to society as a whole. And as much as we may know in our hearts that these are the right things to do for our family and future, we’d still rather not be bothered. So, people do a few, largely symbolic things — change a light bulb, recycle, bring a reusable bag to the market — and feel that they’ve done their part. These are all good gestures, of course, but hardly sufficient to solve the problems at hand.
What’s needed is an understanding that “green” succeeds only to the extent that “green” = “better.” Of course, “better” can be defined in dozens of ways: cheaper to buy, cheaper to own, more convenient, higher performance, higher aesthetic, healthier for my family, durable, less wasteful, cooler for my image, among many others. Unfortunately, a lot of the changes we’re being asked to make, including products we “should” be buying, aren’t better. They cost more, are harder to find, don’t work as well, require us to do things differently — and some of the claims, such as being healthier for humans, aren’t always believable, or must be taken on faith.
Ironically, we make changes all the time in our lives toward greener practices, except that the products and services in question aren’t marketed that way. Things like email, downloading movies instead of buying DVDs, or making PDFs instead of printing — all are changes we’ve been willing to make because they’re variously easier, more convenient, faster, cheaper, better experiences, or less wasteful — that is, “better.” So, we need to align green innovations, and the marketing that goes into them, with the idea of being better, not just greener.
What’s the quickest environmental turn around you’ve seen a corporation make?
The biggest turnarounds have come from brand leaders that came under fire from activists and consumers, and saw their brands eroding. Companies like Nike, McDonald’s, Starbucks and Walmart are great examples of companies that went from being pariahs in the environmental world to being leaders in their sectors, and among companies overall. What’s more admiring about these companies is that they take the actions — sometimes bold audacious actions — despite the fact that they know it will take years, even decades, before the public is able to give them credit for their leadership.
Consider Nike. It is one of the most progressive, innovative companies I know, from an environmental perspective. They’ve been asking all the right questions about their company and making and meeting bold commitments about how their products are designed and made, where they come from, and what happens to them at the end of their useful lives. But the company knows that it will be years, a decade or more, before people stop associating Nike with sweatshops, the result labor abuses it faced in the 1990s and has largely solved. It knows that it won’t likely sell many additional products because of its environmental vision and innovations. But it continues down this path anyway, ahead of all its competitors, because it believes its innovations make for better products and a better company. (There’s that word again: “better.”). More…….


healthtech1 6 Big HealthTech Ideas That Will Change Medicine In 2012“In the future we might not prescribe drugs all the time, we might prescribe apps.” Singularity University‘s executive director of FutureMed Daniel Kraft M.D. sat down with me to discuss the biggest emerging trends in HealthTech. Here we’ll look at how A.I, big data, 3D printing, social health networks and other new technologies will help you get better medical care. Kraft believes that by analyzing where the field is going, we have the ability to reinvent medicine and build important new business models.

 6 Big HealthTech Ideas That Will Change Medicine In 2012For background, Daniel Kraft studied medicine at Stanford and did his residency at Harvard. He’s the founder of StemCore systems and inventor of the MarrowMiner, a minimally invasive bone marrow stem cell harvesting device. The following is rough transcript of the 6 big ideas Kraft outlined for me at the Practice Fusion conference

Artificial Intelligence

Siri and IBM’s Watson are starting to be applied to medical questions. They’ll assist with diagnostics and decision support for both patients and clinicians. Through the cloud, any device will be able to access powerful medical AI.

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For example, an X-ray gun in remote africa could send shots to the cloud where an artificial intelligence augmented physician could analyze them. Pap smears and some mammograms are already read with some AI or elements of pattern recognition.

This has the potential to disintermediate some fields of medicine like dermatology which is a pattern based field — I look at the rash and I know what it is. Soon every primary care doctor is going to have an app on their phone that can send photos to the cloud. They’ll be analyzed by AI and determine “oh that mole looks like a dangerous melanoma” or “it’s normal”. So the referral pattern to the dermatologist will slow down.

On the plus side, there are consumer apps like Skin Scan where for $5 you can take a picture of lesion and send it to the cloud, and it will at least give you an idea if it’s dangerous or not. If it is, it can help you find a nearby doctor, which could help dermatologists get more business. Many fields are going to change because of artificial intelligence, pattern recognition, and cheaper tests. More….

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Artificial Joint Artificial hips glide on graphiteMetal-on metal hip replacements are lubricated by a layer of graphite, say scientists in the US. And this graphitic layer may be the product of proteins ground up the implant itself. This knowledge could help the design of new implants but also raises important questions about the action of the graphite in the body.

Over 50,000 hip replacements are performed each year in the UK and in the US that number is over 200,000. But although surgeons are moving towards low wearing metal-on-metal joints, no one is precisely sure why the two metal pieces slide so well. Although it is known there is a layer that affects the friction, lubrication and wear of the two surfaces, known as a tribological layer, until now no-one has examined its composition.

Laurence Marks, a materials scientist at Northwestern University, Illinois, says that after meeting Alfons Fischer from the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, the two started working on the problem. ‘It’s the most enjoyable topic I’ve ever worked on,’ says Marks, whose work on nanoscale materials does not normally coincide with the medical world.

The metal hip replacements are made from a cobalt-chromium-molybdenum alloy with around 60% Co, 26% Cr and 5-7% Mo and, until now, it’s been assumed that the layer between the moving parts is protein-based, made of denatured proteins from the synovial fluid found between joints in the body. What Marks found was something quite different – graphite, the allotrope of carbon that is used as a dry lubricant in machinery and engines.

Marks took samples from removed implants and analysed the layer using electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). ‘You shine electrons onto a sample and see how much energy they lose and you can determine what the chemical state is,’ Marks explains, who says these spectra were the key finding that proved the layer was graphitic. More……..

 Tesla Comes Through With Sub $50,000 Model S, Mostly

Hannah Elliott, Forbes Staff

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The Tesla Model S

Tesla today announced official pricing for its four-door electric sedan: $49,900 for a base Model S after a $7,500 federal tax credit.

The announcement comes after months of Tesla founder Elon Musk promising to deliver his first four-door electric car for around $50,000. (Tesla started selling its battery-powered $109,000 Roadsters in 2008.)

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Of course, higher performing versions of the seven-passenger sedan will cost more: $59,900 for a 60 kWh (230-mile-range) model and $69,900 for an 85 kWh (300-mile-range) model. The 85 kWh performance Model S, which comes with additional equipment like Nappa leather interior and performance wheels, will cost $79,900 after federal tax rebates. Musk says it will go 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds.  More…….

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