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A team of British researchers have developed new technology that could prompt a significant change in spacecrafts and satellites.

Metamaterial optical solar reflectors (meta-OSRs) are the first surface coatings on the outside of a spacecraft, designed to effectively radiate infrared heat away from it while reflecting most of the optical solar spectrum.

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Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio, has teamed up with Carlisle Fluid Technologies’ finishing brands to present Spray Finishing Technology Workshops May 9-11,September 12-14 and November 7-9.

Classes meet from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day and include both classroom and hands-on sessions. Attendees should be involved with industrial, contractor or maintenance spray finishing applications, or spray equipment sales and distribution. Two continuing education units will be awarded upon completion of the workshop.

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Japan’s Kansai Paint Group says it has received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its Kansai Anti-Mosquito Paint, which is designed for interior use and contains a synthetic pyrethroid insecticide. The company says the paint has been shown to significantly reduce the presence of mosquitoes in painted areas, contributing to effective mosquito population control and reducing the spread of many mosquito-borne diseases. It is the only anti-mosquito paint that is approved by the EPA, Kansai says.

“Development of the Kansai Anti-Mosquito Paint marks a major milestone, not only for our company, but also for the worldwide effort in fighting the spread of infectious diseases,” Hiroshi Ishino says. “For generations, people all over the world have struggled with mosquito-borne illnesses and the effects they have on families and communities. Kansai is proud to be the first company in the world to develop a safe paint, approved by the EPA, that addresses this challenge in a creative and effective way.”

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A tiny layer of graphene flakes becomes a deadly weapon and kills bacteria, stopping infections during procedures such as implant surgery. This is the finding in new research from Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology recently published in the scientific journal Advanced Materials Interfaces.

Operations for surgical implants, such as hip and knee replacements or dental implants, have increased in recent years. However, with such procedures comes a risk of bacterial infection. In the worst-case scenario, this can cause the implant to not attach to the skeleton and therefore require removal.

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Lincoln Industries, a provider of metal finishing services and manufactured finished products, has acquired affiliated Wisconsin-based businesses Southwest Metal Finishing and Inventix Manufacturing.

Southwest Metal Finishing in New Berlin, is a decorative chrome plating and metal finishing company that also has facilities in Texas and Mexico; Inventix Manufacturing in Menomonee Falls, produces zinc and aluminum die castings. Together, the companies employ more than 600 people.

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