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Self-healing Coatings: Opportunity Analysis

Tuesday October 16 th 2018

LONDON, Oct. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Automotive, Aerospace, and Oil Gas Industries Drive Adoption of Self-healing Coatings

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The research service titled, “Self-healing Coatings: Opportunity Analysis” provides an overview of self-healing coatings, its need, different mechanisms for achieving self-healing action as well as the key differentiating factors compared to other protective coatings.It also covers the key drivers and challenges of the sector as well as the megatrends it can impact.

The research service also includes IP analysis, research paper meta-analysis, funding trends, key innovations across the different application segments and the key companies to watch out for. It also covers a section on the application landscape of self-healing coatings where the requirements for each application industry that would facilitate the adoption of self-healing coatings are captured as well as a section where the self-healing coatings ‘opportunity in each application industry is analyzed.

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Vicor Introduces 10kW Power Tablet™ AC-DC Converter

Power Tablet RFM Enables High-Density Server Racks

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BEIJING, Oct. 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Vicor Corporation (NASDAQ: VICR) has announced a 3-phase, AC-DC converter module (“RFMâ€�), capable of delivering 10kW of regulated 48VDC in a power tablet configuration measuring 9.4 x 5.9 x 0.6in (24 x 15 x 1.5cm). The RFMâ„¢ provides a power-factor-corrected, regulated, and isolated DC output with integrated filtering and built-in fault protection for redundant operation. The RFM can be configured to accept worldwide 3-phase AC mains from 200 to 480VAC.

The low-profile power tablet design of the RFM enables unprecedented power density and thermal management flexibility. For example, four RFMs in parallel, including input-disconnect circuitry, rectification and hold-up energy storage at 48V, can supply 40kW of power within 1U of rack space. The RFM power tablet package provides adept thermal management for advanced cooling, including liquid cooling, of high-power server racks for demanding HPC and AI inference and learning applications.

48V (including 54VDC) distribution is the emerging standard in high-power racks utilizing smaller-gauge wiring, and achieving substantially lower distribution losses than legacy 12VDC distribution. In combination with Vicor 48V Power-on-Package (“PoP�) and 48V Direct-to-PoL solutions, the RFM enables dense and efficient end-to-end power system solutions, from 3-phase AC to sub-1V AI processors at the point-of-load.

To learn more about the RFM and Vicor’s end-to-end portfolio of power-system products, please visit us at China ODCC Summit. The 10kW power tablet RFM is the first in a new series of single and 3-phase AC-DC modules featuring power outputs from 150W to 15kW.

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Continued Consolidation Called For China Stock Market

(RTTNews) – The China stock market has finished lower in two of three trading days since the end of the two-day winning streak in which it had added almost 10 points or 0.4 percent. The Shanghai Composite Index now rests just beneath the 2,570-point plateau and it may open under pressure again on Tuesday.

The global forecast for the Asian markets is soft on rising geopolitical concerns. The European and U.S. markets were down and the Asian bourses figure to follow that lead.

The SCI finished sharply lower on Monday following losses from the financials, properties, cement and resource stocks.

For the day, the index retreated 38.81 points or 1.49 percent to finish at 2,568.10 after trading between 2,564.74 and 2,611.97. The Shenzhen Composite Index skidded 15.28 points or 1.18 percent to end at 1,281.08.

Among the actives, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China declined 1.81 percent, while China Minsheng Bank eased 0.33 percent, China Merchants Bank tumbled 1.44 percent, Bank of China skidded 1.41 percent, China Construction Bank retreated 1.73 percent, China Life Insurance dropped 1.54 percent, Ping An Insurance shed 1.05 percent, PetroChina lost 0.90 percent, China Petroleum and Chemical (Sinopec) fell 0.61 percent, China Shenhua Energy plunged 2.96 percent, Gemdale was down 1.59 percent, Poly Developments plummeted 2.81 percent, China Vanke slid 1.51 percent, Jiangxi Copper tumbled 2.35 percent, Yanzhou Coal plunged 5.16 percent and Anhui Conch Cement skidded 2.97 percent.

The lead from Wall Street is negative as stocks fluctuated on Monday, bouncing back and forth across the unchanged line before ending in the red.

The Dow shed 89.44 points or 0.35 percent to end at 25,250.55, while the NASDAQ lost 66.15 points or 0.88 percent to finish at 7,430.74 and the SP fell 16.34 points or 0.59 percent to 2,750.79.

The lower close on Wall Street came after the Commerce Department noted much weaker than expected U.S. retail sales growth in September. Also, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said the pace of growth in New York manufacturing accelerated more than expected in October.

Oil futures were higher Monday on rising geopolitical tensions between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia following the disappearance of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Crude oil futures for November ended up $0.44 or 0.6 percent at $71.78 a barrel.

Closer to home, China will release September figures for consumer and producer prices later this morning. Consumer prices are expected to have risen 2.5 percent on year, up from 2.3 percent in August. Producer prices are pegged at an annual 3.6 percent, down from 4.1 percent in the previous month.

Here’s the long-lost 1975 TV show that Jeff Bezos makes people watch to understand what his space company is all about

Jeff Bezos Amazon Blue Origin Rocket EngineWin McNamee/Getty Images

  • Jeff Bezos asked a reporter to watch a PBS special from 1975 before agreeing to be interviewed about Blue Origin, his rocket company. 
  • The special, featuring famed science fiction author Isaac Asimov and physicist Gerard O’Neill, discusses the need for humanity to leave Earth — something Bezos says he believes with “increasing certainty.” 
  • You can watch the whole video below.

It’s no secret that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has always looked to the stars — after all, Amazon’s Alexa was designed with the intention of becoming like the all-knowing ship’s computer from “Star Trek.” 

Now, a new feature from Wired sheds a lot more light on Blue Origin, the private spaceflight company that Bezos has described as his most important venture, more so than Amazon or the Washington Post. Indeed, Bezos sells $1 billion per year in Amazon stock just to fund Blue Origin’s operations. 

Notably, Bezos put one condition on his interview with Wired: Steven Levy, the reporter, would have to watch a black-and-white PBS program from 1975 before he would agree to discuss Blue Origin. In the special, believed lost to the ages until recently, famed science fiction author Isaac Asimov and physicist Gerard O’Neill discuss the need for humanity to spread beyond Earth — a notion that Bezos tells Wired he believes with “increasing certainty.” 

You can watch the thirty-minute video yourself here:

The video was apparently unearthed and uploaded to YouTube by the Space Studies Institute, which was founded by O’Neill — a highly influential voice in Bezos’ life. The video, according to SSI, was “discovered in a crumpled box in the dark back of a storage locker in New Jersey” by one of its employees.

Bezos was so obsessed with O’Neill’s vision of the future that Bezos’ valedictorian graduation speech was about how he looked forward to seeing millions of people live among the stars. “Space, the final frontier, meet me there!” Bezos concluded, according to “The Space Barons,” a book by Christian Davenport.

Meanwhile, Asimov was also an inspiration of a different sort to Elon Musk, whose SpaceX is something of a rival to Blue Origin. Musk has widely credited Asimov’s classic novel “Foundation,” which also deals with a humanity that has outgrown Earth, with inspiring his own efforts. 

What’s in the interview

In his book “The High Frontier,” O’Neill wrote about a televised interview with author Isaac Asimov. During the program, Asimov explained why sci-fi writers tend to place civilizations on the surface of a planet instead of in space itself.

“The anecdote is legendary in the Space Community. With no known copies of the show, it became almost mythical,” the Space Studies Institute (SSI) wrote in a preamble to the full program. “For the first time since its original 1975 broadcast, here is the complete presentation.”

“It’s possible to have a rapid growth of wealth and productivity, and living space and comfortable living conditions for people, not on the Earth, and not on another planetary surface — the moon or Mars or anything like that — but rather in habitats which are built in free space … at a distance from here which is similar to the distance to the moon” O’Neill said in the program.Blue Origin

“It’s possible to make habitats which are relatively big — big enough to be very Earth-like — out of ordinary materials like steel and aluminum and glass. And it’s possible to find those materials in very large quantities on the surface of the moon and eventually in the asteroids.”

During the show, which was hosted by journalist Harold Hayes, O’Neill showed a drawing of a rotating, half-mile-long cylinder and space colony he called “Model 1″ built from 98% lunar materials. But O’Neill also described much larger space colonies on the show.

“Model 4 could be something as big as perhaps five to 10 miles in diameter, perhaps as much as 20 or 30 miles long, within the limits of available materials,” O’Neill said. O’Neill said he got the idea in 1969 while teaching a physics course to 320 college freshman. He pulled aside a handful of the top students in the class, then — together — they came up with the concept.

After O’Neill spoke, Asimov pointed out that it’s much easier to move raw building materials off of the moon than Earth, at least in theory, since the moon has a much weaker gravity field.

Hayes then asked Asimov if the author — in his then-158 works of science fiction — had ever anticipated building such colonies in space. That’s when Asimov responded with his “legendary” line.

“Nobody did, really, because we’ve all been planet chauvinists. We’ve all believed people should live on the surface of a planet, of a world. I’ve had colonies on the moon — so have a hundred other science fiction writers,” Asimov said. “The closest I came to a manufactured world in free space was to suggest that we go out to the Asteroid Belt and hollow out the asteroids, and make ships out of them. It never occurred to me to bring the material from the asteroids in towards the Earth, where conditions are pleasanter, and build the worlds there.”

Rio Tinto Q3 Iron Ore Shipments Down 5%

(RTTNews) – Australian mining giant Rio Tinto Plc (RTNTF, RIO, RIO.L, RTPPF) reported Pilbara iron ore shipments of 81.9 million tonnes (100 per cent basis) in the third quarter were five per cent lower than the third quarter of 2017, due to planned maintenance cycles and safetypauses across all operations following the fatality.

Third quarter Pilbara iron ore production of 82.5 million tonnes (Rio Tinto share 69.1 million tonnes) was three per cent lower than the third quarter of 2017, due to planned maintenance cycles and safety pauses across all operations following the fatality at Paraburdoo operations.

Rio Tinto’s Pilbara shipments in 2018 are expected to be at the upper end of the existing guidance range of 330 to 340 million tonnes, 100 per cent basis.

Bauxite production of 12.7 million tonnes was one per cent lower than the corresponding quarter of 2017, with strong production at Weipa offset by lower production at the non-managed Sangaredi and Porto Trombetas (MRN) mines. Third party shipments increased by two per cent to 8.4 million tonnes, reflecting firm demand.

Aluminium production of 0.9 million tonnes was one per cent lower than the third quarter of 2017 due primarily to ongoing labour disruptions at the non-managed Becancour smelter in Canada. Full year guidance has been revised to between 3.4 and 3.5 million tonnes (previously 3.5 to 3.7 million tonnes).

Mined copper production of 159.7 thousand tonnes was 32 per cent higher than the corresponding quarter of 2017, primarily reflecting increased production from Rio Tinto Kennecott due to higher grades.

Production at Iron Ore Company of Canada was nine per cent lower than the third quarter of 2017, however significantly higher than the previous quarter as operations ramped up to normal production rates following a labour dispute in the previous quarter.

At Argyle, carat production was 19 per cent lower than the third quarter of 2017, when production was enhanced by the processing of higher grade alluvial tailings.

At Diavik, carats recovered in the third quarter of 2018 were nine per cent lower than the corresponding period in 2017 due to lower grades. The A21 project successfully mined first ore in March 2018 and is expected to reach commercial production during the fourth quarter of 2018. This fourth diamond pipe was officially opened on 20 August 2018.

Rio Tinto’s expected share of bauxite production in 2018 has been revised to the upper end of the previous guidance range at between 50 and 51 million tones. It was previously expected to be in the range of 49 million tonnes to 51 million tonnes.

Aluminium guidance is revised to between 3.4 and 3.5 million tonnes (previously 3.5 to 3.7 million tonnes), to reflect the impact of the ongoing lock-out at the non-managed Becancour smelter. This excludes any potential adjustment from the completion of the sale of the Aluminium Dunkerque smelter.

Alumina production guidance remains unchanged at 8.0 to 8.2 million tonnes.

Rio Tinto’s expected share of mined copper production for 2018 is expected to be at the upper end of the previously published range of between 510 and 610 thousand tonnes. Refined copper production is expected to be between 225 to 265 thousand tonnes.

Diamond production guidance for 2018 is between 17 and 20 million carats.