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Gadget Watch: Speaker using acrylic glass offers new take on crystal clear sound

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Ever tried to play a tune by rubbing the rim of a crystal wine glass? One company has polished that idea so much that the phrase "crystal clear sound" will now have a different meaning. ClearView Audio has come up with a speaker made of acrylic glass. It's called Clio. HOW IT WORKS: Clio uses a single piece of curved acrylic glass that is a millimeter (0.04 inch) thick. It sits on a dock, which holds the glass in place and vibrates it in a finely tuned way so that it can play music.

Gadget Watch: Speaker using acrylic glass offers new take on crystal clear sound

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Ever tried to play a tune by rubbing the rim of a crystal wine glass? One company has polished that idea so much that the phrase "crystal clear sound" will now have a different meaning. ClearView Audio has come up with a speaker made of acrylic glass. It's called Clio. HOW IT WORKS: Clio uses a single piece of curved acrylic glass that is a millimeter (0.04 inch) thick. It sits on a dock, which holds the glass in place and vibrates it in a finely tuned way so that it can play music.

Hyosung develops game-changing chemical material for cars

SEOUL, Nov. 5 (Yonhap) -- Hyosung Group, a major South Korean conglomerate, became the world's first company to commercially develop a high-performance chemical material called polyketone, the company officials said Tuesday, an accomplishment they say is matched only by development of nylon by DuPont in the 1930s. Polyketone, the cost-effective and eco-friendly engineering plastic made from carbon monoxide, is seen as a viable replacement for other polymeric materials used in automobiles and electric and electronic engineering.

China extends anti-dumping duties on S. Korean chemical

BEIJING, Aug. 30 (Yonhap) -- China said Friday it has extended anti-dumping duties on imports of chemical called bisphenol A (BPA) from South Korea and three other nations for another five years. China's trade ministry slapped the five-year duties on imports of the chemical, widely used to make plastic and epoxy resin, from four nations -- South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Singapore -- in 2007. After the 2007 measure was lifted last year, the Chinese ministry has launched a new anti-dumping probe against imports of such chemical.

Video: Corning challenges sapphire glass toughness claims

Gorilla Glass maker Corning is using some guerrilla marketing tactics to boost its product amidst all the hype surrounding sapphire glass. Whether it’s an Android, BlackBerry, Apple or even Windows Phone product, all current smartphones have one thing in common – their displays are protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass. Incredibly thin and light yet impressively strong, it’s the reason why phones (mostly) survive the wear and tear of modern life, from accidental falls to rubbing up against house keys in a handbag.

Video: Corning challenges sapphire glass toughness claims

Gorilla Glass maker Corning is using some guerrilla marketing tactics to boost its product amidst all the hype surrounding sapphire glass. Whether it’s an Android, BlackBerry, Apple or even Windows Phone product, all current smartphones have one thing in common – their displays are protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass. Incredibly thin and light yet impressively strong, it’s the reason why phones (mostly) survive the wear and tear of modern life, from accidental falls to rubbing up against house keys in a handbag.

Video: Corning challenges sapphire glass toughness claims

Gorilla Glass maker Corning is using some guerrilla marketing tactics to boost its product amidst all the hype surrounding sapphire glass. Whether it’s an Android, BlackBerry, Apple or even Windows Phone product, all current smartphones have one thing in common – their displays are protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass. Incredibly thin and light yet impressively strong, it’s the reason why phones (mostly) survive the wear and tear of modern life, from accidental falls to rubbing up against house keys in a handbag.

Belgium's Solvay, Swiss Ineos set up PVC major

Belgium's chemical group Solvay and its Swiss competitor Ineos on Tuesday announced the creation of a joint venture destined to become one of the world's three leaders in PVC production. The firm is forecast to ring up turnover of 4.3 billion euros in 2012 terms once launched, gathering the vinyl chloride assets of both groups, notably used to produce PVC. PVC, a synthetic thermoplastic material, is used in flexible form for the likes of hosepipes, insulation and shoes, and in rigid form for moulded goods.

Neoprene bikinis a hit at Fashion Rio

Rio de Janeiro, Apr 18 (EFE).- Neoprene bikinis and bare chests were a hit at Fashion Rio, one of Brazil's largest fashion industry fairs, where designers are unveiling their Southern Hemisphere summer collections this week. Designer Lenny Niemeyer, whose models were the next-to-last to hit the runway on day three of the event Wednesday, unveiled a futuristic beach collection featuring neoprene, the material used to make garments for competitive swimmers. The models walked the runway with a cold white light as a background, creating a play of black on white.
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