Inspiring Granite Countertops Ma for Your Kitchen

Granite Countertops Ma – Granite Countertops is an absolute show stopper in your kitchen. They are durable, beautiful and uncomplicated to nourish. They come in a number of colors and patterns. Whether you want to look traditional or look contemporary, Granite Countertops adds a nice elegance to your kitchen. Bordeaux Dream has bright colors and brown colors blended with light or dark colored cabinets. Granite Black Galaxy comes with a shining design. And it looks amazing in the light colored kitchen.

So, if you want to upgrade your kitchen from outdated to a modern look, you need to choose granite countertops ma that perfectly fits your taste. Check out this granite kitchen table and its stunning colors. The black Galaxy, as mentioned above, they are dark and run well against a white or light background. They are mined on the Indian subcontinent. They get some unique white and gold spots on the surface that adds uniqueness to your kitchen. Black Galaxy fits well in the traditional environment.

Do you like that awesome autumn color? Do you want to see them all year long? Mascarello granite countertops ma is a perfect choice for homeowners like you. The granite is dramatic and consists of rust, blacks, and shades of gold. They are the perfect choice for cherry, maple and oak cabinets. They are even nice with wood cabinets as well. They blend well with a stainless sink, a copper veil cover, and a faucet. Juparana Delicatus, Juparana Delicatus is really beautiful because of the unique combination of dark brown and black spots with a whitish background. They make your backsplash and counter look different. They do well with light-colored hardwood floors as well. With modern iron and glass glass fixtures, Juparana Delicatus brings great excitement to try your culinary adventures.

Bordeaux granite dreams, Bordeaux Dream granite countertops ma comes with champagne with slate and a good russet. They are mined in Brazil. They pair up either with white cabinets or creams to create traditional and lasting shades. They are not only limited to bright colors. They can also play well with black and brown cabinets. Caravelas Gold, Caravelas Gold Granite is an excellent combination of soft, brown, and gray cream that forms blood vessels spinning throughout the surface. They are elegant and well paired with tin and gray cabinets. Their pattern definitely adds a wow factor to your kitchen.

Fun and Relaxing Bedroom Hanging Chair

Bedroom hanging chair – The hanging chairs are excellent for decoration in any setting. Those made of wicker and rattan gives a beautiful style. Always the atmosphere becomes more informal giving you a boho touch. The high availability of hanging chair designs makes them functional both exterior and interior. Whether in the living room or on the terrace we can comfortably accommodate ourselves. On top of this the forms of the designs attract attention wherever they are. Especially the rattan weaves are ideal for the exterior spaces of the house. From its beginnings the designs have not undergone many variations.

The oval shape remains extremely attractive thanks also to the braiding of fabrics. The forms of assembly are simple and will depend on the site that we select. There are two fundamental options inside the house. The first is to opt for a chair with support. This can be place anywhere in the room. The other way would be to opt for a design with chain at the top. This model is suitable for fixing on the roof and is also very stable. There are many design alternatives for bedroom hanging chair. One of them is the braid in the form of a nest create by hand. This may be the case of Manu a series of models made in volcanic basalt. A whole revolution in the furniture industry.

Especially for being the first time this material is use in furniture. Most outstanding is its distinctive black design that creates a unique feel. It is also suitable for use outdoors or in any room. This bedroom hanging chair model is available in three different sizes. Then enjoy these models that we share with you. They will always be an excellent choice in terms of space and comfort.

Putting a comfortable bedroom hanging chair adorned with cushions and well secured is always a good choice. There are many types, so you just have to choose the one that we like the most. It can be placed almost anywhere on the terrace in the bedroom. In addition to those that hang, you can also choose hammocks with a stand on the floor like any of these (in case someone does not trust the ropes). To the hammocks of the whole life the wide versions are added to be more comfortable or to be able to share with the pair. With a few cushions, a blanket and a side table to support things will be the perfect place to disconnect.

Applied Materials Reports Solid First Quarter for 2010, Leader in Nanomanufacturing Nets $1.85 Billion in Sales

Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT), the global leader in Nanomanufacturing Technology™ solutions for the semiconductor, flat panel display and solar industries,  reported results for its first quarter of fiscal 2010 ended January 31, 2010. Applied generated net sales of $1.85 billion, operating profit of $116 million, and net income of $83 million or $0.06 per share. Non-GAAP net income was $179 million or $0.13 per share.
“During the quarter, we completed the acquisition of Semitool Inc., opening new growth opportunities in our core semiconductor equipment market, particularly in advanced packaging”

“Applied posted solid first quarter results led by robust sales in our semiconductor equipment business,” said Mike Splinter, chairman and CEO. “With global demand improving in our customers’ end markets, we are raising our full-year revenue target to reflect higher anticipated demand in our semiconductor, LCD display and crystalline silicon solar businesses.”
“During the quarter, we completed the acquisition of Semitool Inc., opening new growth opportunities in our core semiconductor equipment market, particularly in advanced packaging,” Splinter added. “Applied enters its second quarter with considerable momentum, and we are off to an excellent start for the year.”
 
Financial Results Summary
 
 
 
Q1 FY 2010
 
 
Q4 FY 2009
 
 
Q1 FY 2009
GAAP Results
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net sales
 
 
$1.85 billion
 
 
$1.53 billion
 
 
$1.33 billion
Net income (loss)
 
 
$83 million
 
 
$138 million
 
 
($133 million)
Earnings (loss) per share
 
 
$0.06
 
 
$0.10
 
 
($0.10)
Non-GAAP Results
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Non-GAAP net income (loss)
 
 
$179 million
 
 
$155 million
 
 
($28 million)
Non-GAAP earnings (loss) per share
 
 
$0.13
 
 
$0.11
 
 
($0.02)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fiscal year 2010 is a 53-week year with 14 weeks in the first quarter.
The non-GAAP results exclude the impact of the following, where applicable: restructuring and asset impairments, acquisition-related costs, investment impairments, gains on sales of facilities, and amounts associated with the resolution of income tax audits. Effective the first quarter of fiscal 2010, the non-GAAP results no longer exclude the impact of equity-based compensation. A reconciliation of the GAAP and non-GAAP results is provided in the financial statements included in this release.
Reportable Segment Results
The Silicon Systems Group (SSG) had new orders of $1.13 billion, net sales of $970 million and operating income of $306 million. The 48 percent sequential increase in net sales was led by shipments to foundry and DRAM customers. New order composition was: foundry 42 percent, DRAM 36 percent, flash 13 percent, and logic and other 9 percent.
Applied Global Services (AGS) had new orders of $474 million, net sales of $426 million and operating income of $63 million. Sequential growth in net sales of 9 percent was driven primarily by semiconductor customer increases in factory utilization levels and new wafer starts.
The Display group had new orders of $126 million, net sales of $132 million and operating income of $25 million. The sequential decline in net sales was expected following a strong prior quarter.
The Energy and Environmental Solutions (EES) group had new orders of $230 million, net sales of $321 million and an operating loss of $36 million. Net sales included revenue for two additional SunFab™ thin film solar production lines.
Financial Highlights
Applied generated operating cash flow of $367 million during the quarter. The company acquired Semitool Inc. in an all-cash transaction for $323 million, net of cash acquired, and paid cash dividends of $80 million. At the end of the period, the company held $3.2 billion in cash and investments.
Business Outlook
For the second quarter of fiscal 2010, Applied expects quarter over quarter net sales growth of between 15 percent and 25 percent. The company expects non-GAAP EPS to be in the range of $0.17 to $0.22, which excludes anticipated charges related primarily to acquisitions.
For fiscal 2010, Applied expects net sales to grow by more than 50 percent, an increase from the previous outlook of greater than 30 percent.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Management uses non-GAAP results to evaluate the company’s operating and financial performance in light of business objectives and for planning purposes. These measures are not in accordance with GAAP and may differ from non-GAAP methods of accounting and reporting used by other companies. Applied Materials believes these measures enhance investors’ ability to review the company’s business from the same perspective as the company’s management and facilitate comparisons of this period’s results with prior periods. The presentation of this additional information should not be considered a substitute for results prepared in accordance with GAAP.
Webcast Information
Applied Materials will discuss these results during an earnings call that begins at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time today. A live webcast will be available at www.appliedmaterials.com

Composting Disposable Plastic Items Made Possible with New Sugar Based Polymer Developed at Imperial College London

Food packaging and other disposable plastic items could soon be composted at home along with organic waste thanks to a new sugar-based polymer.
The degradable polymer is made from sugars known as lignocellulosic biomass, which come from non-food crops such as fast-growing trees and grasses, or renewable biomass from agricultural or food waste.
It is being developed at Imperial College London by a team of Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council scientists led by Dr Charlotte Williams.
The search for greener plastics, especially for single use items such as food packaging, is the subject of significant research worldwide. “It’s spurred on not only from an environmental perspective, but also for economic and supply reasons,” explains Dr Williams.
Around 7% of worldwide oil and gas resources are consumed in plastics manufacture, with worldwide production exceeding 150 million tons per year. Almost 99% of plastics are formed from fossil fuels.
“Our key breakthrough was in finding a way of using a non-food crop to form a polymer, as there are ethical issues around using food sources in this way,” said Williams. Current biorenewable* plastics use crops such as corn or sugar beet.
“For the plastic to be useful it had to be manufactured in large volumes, which was technically challenging. It took three-and-a-half years for us to hit a yield of around 80% in a low energy, low water use process,” explains Dr Williams.
This is significant as the leading biorenewable plastic, polylactide, is formed in a high energy process requiring large volumes of water. In addition, when it reaches the end of its life polylactide must be degraded in a high-temperature industrial facility.
In contrast, the oxygen-rich sugars in the new polymer allow it to absorb water and degrade to harmless products – meaning it can be tossed on the home compost heap and used to feed the garden.
Because the new polymer can be made from cheap materials or waste products it also stacks up economically compared to petrochemical-based plastics.
The polymer has a wide range of properties, laying the field open for a larger number of applications other than biorenewable plastic packaging. Its degradable properties make it ideal for specialised medical applications such tissue regeneration, stitches and drug delivery. The polymer has been shown to be non-toxic to cells and decomposes in the body creating harmless by-products.
The team – including commercial partner BioCeramic Therapeutics, which was set up by Professor Molly Stevens and colleagues at Imperial – are investigating ways of using the material as artificial scaffolds for tissue regeneration. They are also focusing on exploiting the degradable properties of the material to release drugs into the body in a controlled way.
Now the team is focused on developing the specific material characteristics needed for the packaging and medical areas.
“The development of the material is very promising and I’m optimistic that the technology could be in use within two to five years,” says Williams, who is already working with a number of commercial partners and is keen to engage others interested in the material.
Biorenewable plastics are materials whose feedstock material (monomer) comes from renewable resources. The leading example is poly(lactic acid) which derives from lactic acid, produced by fermentation of corn or sugar beet. These biorenewable plastics are different to biopolymers, which are naturally occurring polymers such as starch or cellulose (note that these are not plastic materials).
The chemical name for the compostable polymer is Poly(acetic acid-5-acetoxy-6-oxo-tetrahydro-pyran-2-yl-methyl ester) and copoly(lactic acid-ran-acetic acid-5-acetoxy-6-oxo-tetrahydro-pyran-2-yl-methyl ester).
Research leader Dr Charlotte Williams is a champion of the widespread application of biomass to make fuels and materials. She has published a highly cited article in science magazine highlighting the challenges associated with converting plants to fuels and products. She won a 2009 Royal Society of Chemistry Early Career Award for her work in this area. The research is being carried out in collaboration with Prof. Molly Stevens, an expert in the application of degradable plastics in medicine. Her research has recently been recognised by the IUPAC creativity in polymer science prize.
The polymer was discovered and developed by Dr Min Tang and Dr Anita Haider in their doctoral research. Dr Tang continues to develop the materials.
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Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
EPSRC is the main UK government agency for funding research and training in engineering and the physical sciences, investing more than £850 million a year in a broad range of subjects – from mathematics to materials science, and from information technology to structural engineering. www.epsrc.ac.uk
BioCeramic Therapeutics Limited
BioCeramic Therapeutics Limited is a pioneer in the exciting new field of regenerative medicine, bringing together some of the world’s best materials scientists, doctors, biologists and chemists in both private and public sectors. BCT is developing two families of implants designed to promote tissue regeneration. Initial applications are in orthopaedics and oral care, with plans to extend this to a wide range of other tissues important in human diseases. www.bioceramictherapeutics.com
Imperial College London
Consistently rated amongst the world’s best universities, Imperial College London is a science-based institution with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research that attracts 14,000 students and 6,000 staff of the highest international quality.
Innovative research at the College explores the interface between science, medicine, engineering and business, delivering practical solutions that improve quality of life and the environment – underpinned by a dynamic enterprise culture.
Since its foundation in 1907, Imperial’s contributions to society have included the discovery of penicillin, the development of holography and the foundations of fibre optics. This commitment to the application of research for the benefit of all continues today, with current focuses including interdisciplinary collaborations to improve health in the UK and globally, tackle climate change and develop clean and sustainable sources of energy.www.imperial.ac.uk

MIT and A123 Systems Reveal Process to Manufacture Batteries Using Electrophoresis

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA) and A123 Systems, Inc. (Watertown, MA) share U.S. Patent 7,662,265 which covers methods for making bipolar electrochemical devices, such as batteries, using electrophoresis. A bipolar device is assembled by applying a field that creates a physical separation between two active electrode materials, without requiring insertion of a discrete separator film or electrolyte layer, according to inventorsYet-Ming Chiang, Benjamin Hellweg, Richard K Holman, Steven M. Tobias, Kim Dong-Wan and  Ryan Craig Wartena.  The process may be used to manufacture rechargeable lithium batteries. 
Potentials (e.g., electrical potentials) and fields (e.g., electrical fields) are used to assemble a variety of electrochemical device architectures, including two-dimensional and three-dimensional constructions for batteries, capacitors, fuel cells, electrochromic displays, and sensors. The disclosed electrophoretic assembly methods do not require insertion of a discrete separator film or electrolyte layer, and are useful for producing devices with reduced manufacturing cost and improved energy density, power density, and cycle life.

FIG. 1 is a schematic illustration of depositing an electrochemically active material using electrophoresis


FIG. 3 is a schematic illustration of a system for spatially concentrating a cathode material in the pore space of a porous foam anode using electrophoresis

FIG. 4A is a schematic illustration of spatially concentrating a cathode material in the pore space of a porous foam anode using electrophoresis according to certain embodiments. FIG. 4B is an expanded view of the foam.
According to the inventors it was surprisingly observed that the bridging phenomenon leading to electrical shorting between deposition electrodes can be avoided when the applied voltage is sufficiently large, greater than about 5 volts and preferably about 10 volts. In this case, even closely spaced electrodes or deposits do not electrically short, and a densely packed electrode system is facilitated. 
Electrical shorting between electrodes is prevented by providing in liquid suspension or solution other constituents that are electronically insulating and deposit more quickly than the electronically conductive active materials. Such constituents include, for example, a polymer or other organic material, components of a dissolved lithium salt, or a reaction product formed at the electrode surface upon the electrodeposition of such a constituent. The reaction product results from a reaction between the deposited constituent and another constituent of the suspension, or between the deposited constituent and the electrode material itself, such as a lithium carbonate forming on the surface of a carbon electrode.  


A123Systems is one of the world’s leading suppliers of high-power lithium ion batteries using its patented Nanophosphate™ technology designed to deliver a new combination of power, safety and life.  On January 14th,  A123 Systems (Nasdaq:AONE) announced a battery supply agreement with Fisker Automotive, a new American automaker building premium green vehicles. The supply agreement is for battery systems for the Fisker Karma Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV). The Karma is scheduled to be launched in late 2010 and expected to be one of the cleanest, most fuel-efficient cars in the world while still offering industry-leading style and performance. 


A123 Systems announced in December, 2009 that it had entered into a joint venture with SAIC Motor Co. Ltd, a leading automaker in China. The focus of the joint venture is to develop, manufacture and sell complete vehicle traction battery systems for use in hybrid electric and pure electric passenger vehicles and heavy duty truck and bus applications in the People’s Republic of China, the largest and fastest growing automotive market in the world.