fridge magnet or magnet fridge

The other week there were a few articles published here and there, for example, around GE’s work on the magneto-caloric fridge.  It is a pity there was not more coverage.  These days though if you do not wiggle “app” into the title the masses neither consider it technology nor pay attention.  Cooling is though quite […]

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sapphire – the gem stone in apple’s eye

Yesterday saw coverage of another published Apple patent application.  In this case it was US2014/0023430 i.e. “Attachment Techniques”.  The ‘430 application, as I will call it, is a rather short eleven pages.  It presents, as it appears in hindsight, a rather simple method and structure of attaching sapphire to another structure.  Much of the early […]

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forbes, phononics and chains of love

I do not know if it is too much to tie together or if I am dating myself, but it is worth a try, so here we go.  Phononics has been on ned’s radar screen for a bit now as there is a continued interest in thermoelectrics.  A recent Forbes article brought them back to […]

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apple, the metallurgy company

I am not sure if Apple lists metallurgy in any trademark “field” description, but they are active in the area.  Take last week for example.  Five of the Apple assigned patent applications published by the USPTO were in the field of metallurgy.  Anyone who has been watching Apple the last few years might guess these […]

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metal-air, joining the threads

I was pulled away from the metal-air thread prematurely.  So, with a bit of time, and plenty of room for more discussion it is time to push ahead.  There was chatter around metal-air batteries with the issue of Tesla assigned US Patent 8,471,521 i.e. “ Electric Vehicle Extended Range Hybrid Battery Pack System”.  Ned joined […]

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What is disclosed in US8,485,245?

In the “pre” installment of this thread I briefly thought about one of the articles published since US8,485,245 (the ‘245 patent) issued on July 16th.   Of all the coverage out there, and beyond Mashable’s,  I wish to consider three here. In their coverage gizmodo makes a few wonky statements, including “…it’s easier to make (no quick […]

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before getting to US8,485,245 …

In preparing a post on US8,485,245, i.e. the ‘245 patent, I went along a trail of articles that popped up just after its publication on July 16th.  One from Mashable , “the article”, stood out from the pack for how quickly it takes a reader down the wrong road.  So before posting something on the […]

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