In recent news, Mitsubishi Chemical Corp is apparently closing down an ethylene plant, partly as a consequence of their competitors, capitalising on the US shale gas boom, to produce cheaper petrochemicals. The advantages are two-fold. In addition to use as feedstock for chemicals, the cheap gas can also be used as fuel and heating for production p...
Graphene for Solar Energy Devices -An Academic Research and Development Landscape Analysis for the year 2012
Graphene which is a flat monolayer of carbon atoms tightly packed into a two-dimensional (2D) honeycomb lattice. It is a basic building block for graphitic materials of all other dimensionalities. In the last few years the novel material has received a lot of attention from the global research and development community. The material can be used i...
Frost & Sullivan Food Program Manager Christopher Shanahan: Heinz Ketchup Acquisition "Shocking, but not Surprising"
It was announced today that Heinz Ketchup was acquired by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and private equity firm 3G Capital for a monumental $23 billion.Frost & Sullivan's Global Food & Agriculture research Program Manager Christopher Shanahan feels that while "the acquisition is shocking, it is not surprising." Shanahan stated that many food ...
There’s a wonderful scene in “Almost Famous” in which Philip Seymour Hoffman tells the teenage aspiring writer/protagonist, “I met you. You are not cool.” I’ve always loved that line, because I feel like what he was really saying was, “You are your own kind of cool.” On my best days, this is how I would describe myself – my own kind of cool. I’m n...
Silence has always been a distraction for me. I need music or a medley of conversations to help me focus and concentrate. I always have music in the background, and when I work on something important, I have a few favorite playlists that help inspire and focus me. Recently I took a closer look at one of my favorites: Leonard Cohen, a musician/poet ...
Dieter Rams, a German industrial designer, introduced ten principles of good design. I am going to focus on one principle in this blog post: good design is innovative. I am not a product designer, but innovation is something I work toward in my page and infographic designs as Senior Graphic Design Artist for Frost & Sullivan’s Growth Team Membersh...
Every once in a while, you read something that really blows your hair back. Few things are better than having a moment of enlightenment – having a new idea presented to you that helps you make sense of your world in a better, simpler, way. That’s what happened to me when I came across a book from the 1960s entitled The Structure of Scientific Revo...
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