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  • Knowing How to Unboil an Egg May Lead to Cheaper Cancer Treatment

    Knowing How to Unboil an Egg May Lead to Cheaper Cancer Treatment

    Who would have thought that the ability to unboil an egg could lead to reduced costs for cancer treatments, food production, and other sectors of the US$160 billion biotech industry? This amazing biotechnology innovation works by pulling apart tangled proteins and letting them refold. The ability to quickly and inexpensively re-form common proteins from yeast or E. coli bacteria could eventually make cancer treatments more affordable. The new process takes minutes and speeds things up by a factor of thousands.

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  • See What Embracing Technology Can Do to a Classroom

    See What Embracing Technology Can Do to a Classroom

    In order to make the classroom more engaging and fun for students, Patterson Lakes Primary School in Australia decided to use technology to change the way students learn. With the help of Hitachi, the school received interactive whiteboards and Ultra Short Throw projectors. Using this educational technology, teachers become facilitators of learning and the students are more engaged.

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    By Hitachi May 14th 2015

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  • This New Solar Energy System has Broken the Efficiency Record

    This New Solar Energy System has Broken the Efficiency Record

    Researchers in Australia have invented a solar energy system that can convert more than 40% of the sunlight that reaches it into electricity. This is the highest efficiency ever recorded for a commercially available photovoltaic system. The team uses widely available solar cells and optical filters that are able to trap wavelengths of light the average solar cell cannot. This method is known as concentrator photovoltaics and is an emerging technology in the solar field.

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  • See What An Electromagnetic Field Looks like Through the Lens of a Microscope

    See What An Electromagnetic Field Looks like Through the Lens of a Microscope

    Hitachi has long been at the forefront of advanced technologies and it has proven itself a leader once more with the development of an atomic-resolution holography electron microscope. This new microscope has the point resolution of 43 picometers (‘pm”), which is equal to an astounding 43 trillionths of a meter.  The ability to measure electromagnetic fields at atomic resolution will help contribute to the advancement of fundamental sciences. 

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    By Hitachi April 24th 2015
  • SCiO is the Shazam for Food and Meds

    SCiO is the Shazam for Food and Meds

    There is a new device being developed that can tell you a whole lot about the objects around you. Once paired with your phone via Bluetooth, the handheld SCiO molecular scanner is able to identify the chemical makeup of all kinds of things, from the food on your plate to the pills in your medication bottles. About the size of a USB key, SCiO can also scan bodily fluids and skin. This means it may one day be used as a portable medical device.

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  • Can the Next-Generation Airport Revolutionize the Way You Travel?

    Can the Next-Generation Airport Revolutionize the Way You Travel?

    If you were asked to develop a plan for the airport of the future, what would it look like? This question was asked of Hitachi, and a vision of the world’s next-generation airport was realized. The first goal was to provide a new experience for passengers using the latest information and communication technology. For example, instead of a departure lounge full of shops, how about ordering a coffee via your cellphone and having it delivered to you? Or an app that sends you real-time data on local transportation, your flight and the weather?

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    By Hitachi April 15th 2015
  • This New Wearable Technology Can Improve Your Management Skills

    This New Wearable Technology Can Improve Your Management Skills

    Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation has developed an amazing new wearable sensor that measures how happy and productive people are at work. The device gathers and analyzes data on human behavior and then uses the information to measure “organization activation level,” which has strong links to work productivity. The device acts as a well-being indicator, able to quantify the happiness level of a group by studying a distinctive pattern of physical movements. Knowing the collective happiness of a team at work can help evaluate management policies, among other important applications.

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    By Hitachi April 10th 2015
  • Can Boats Bring Hope and Happiness to Bangladeshis?

    Can Boats Bring Hope and Happiness to Bangladeshis?

    There are 20 million people living in remote areas of Bangladesh, and many of them do not have access to a reliable supply of electricity. This makes receiving life’s basics, such as healthcare, education and access to information, very difficult. A local charity has come up with a solution perfectly suited to the region: solar-powered boats that offer a range of services from classrooms and libraries to mobile phones and chargers for portable solar lamps. The purpose of the boats is to educate and help connect the villages to the world.

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    Read it on Ashden April 8th 2015
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