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8 Inventions You Thought Were Patent-Free But Could Get You Sued If You Use … – Mother Jones


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8 Inventions You Thought Were Patent-Free But Could Get You Sued If You Use
Mother Jones
Innovation is the foundation of America, and since 1790, entrepreneurs have been able to claim patents on their inventions so that copycats can't profit off their work. But some companies have found a controversial use of the American patent system, 
Patent Holders Urge Comprehensive Patent ReformeNews Park Forest
Prominent Independent Inventors Unhappy with Innovation ActIPWatchdog.com
Tech Investors Lobby Congress: Down With Patent TrollsMashable

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Green Inventions: 10 Hot Eco-Innovations That Could Change The Planet … – Huffington Post

Green Inventions: 10 Hot Eco-Innovations That Could Change The Planet
Huffington Post
have appeared over the past decade that showcase the bright green future ahead? Lights that last nearly 30 years? Green burials? Take a look at some of the most innovative green inventions in recent history, and let us know of any others in the
HuffPo's Best Green Innovations ListNewsReleaseWire.com (press release)

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Local firm’s inventions could bolster missile defense shield – 10News


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Local firm's inventions could bolster missile defense shield
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The inventions are past critical tests, and the company believes the devices will be attached to the interceptor missiles when the defense shield goes up. "Events like today make you realize a missile defense shield is past due," said Jacox. Copyright

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New process for nanotube semiconductors

In many ways, graphene is one of technology’s sickest jokes. The tantalizing promise of cheap to produce, efficient to run materials, that could turn the next page in gadget history has always remained frustratingly out of reach. Now, a new process for creating semiconductors grown on graphene could see the super material commercialized in the next five years. Developed at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, the patented process “bombs” graphene with gallium, which forms droplets, and naturally arranges itself to match graphene’s famous hexagonal pattern.

Then, arsenic is added to the mix, which enters the droplets and crystallizes at the bottom, creating a stalk. After a few minutes of this process the droplets are raised by the desired height. The new process also does away with the need for a (relatively) thick substrate to grow the nanowire on, making it cheaper, more flexible and transparent. The inventors state that this could be used in flexible and efficient solar cells and light emitting diodes.

Source: New process for nanotube semiconductors could be graphene’s ticket to primetime

Spray-on Rechargeable Batteries Could Store Energy Anywhere – Wired News

A team of mechanical engineers has published a paper demonstrating its latest invention — spray-on rechargeable batteries that could be combined with solar cells to create self-sufficient, energy conversion-storage devices. The paper …
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New invention could prevent SIDS deaths – WTVR-TV

Researchers in Texas have made a medial breakthrough in the fight against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS. They’re working on a wireless sensor system that would measure the amount of carbon dioxide being inhaled by sleeping babies.
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