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LITTLETON, Colo., June 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Infinite Power Solutions, Inc. (IPS), a global leader in developing and manufacturing high performance solid-state, rechargeable, thin-film batteries, today announced it has successfully demonstrated a new battery technology to replace conventional lithium-ion batteries and redefine the design of smart phones, tablets and other consumer devices by enabling thinner form factors and better performance. IPS demonstrated record-breaking energy storage capacity for an organic-free, all-solid-state, thin-film battery. Using single-sided deposition, a paper-thin rechargeable cell achieved a capacity density of 1.25mAh/cm2. IPS also announced it has already initiated talks with original equipment manufacturers for future adoption of this technology in consumer devices. Furthermore, IPS released a white paper documenting a path to manufacturing this new battery technology using roll-to-roll manufacturing and double-sided deposition in order to achieve a capacity density of 2.5mAh/cm2, which is equivalent to prismatic lithium-ion cells (but without the risk of thermal runaway), and at comparable production costs. This new solid-state battery could be manufactured in volume for less than $1/Wh and, when fully packaged, provide 700Wh/litera 25 percent increase in energy density over today's lithium-ion cells.

"Today, smart phones are limited by and, to a degree, designed around the battery. With this new technology we are moving toward designing the battery around the phone, thereby impacting how smart phones and other devices look and perform, as well as which companies win and lose market share in the future," declared Jim Norrod, IPS' president and chief executive officer. "This is simply a better battery technology for today's smart phones and other devices. It is thinner and more flexible in how it can be shaped, promises more volumetric energy density and is also safer, while still being comparably priced. It is based on proprietary IPS technology, which means the consumer electronics company possessing it will have a sustainable advantage in terms of styling, performance and safety. In our view this is a game changer in the mobile electronics landscape and especially the smart phone market, where styling and performance are paramount to market success."

"We have made significant strides in developing both the technology and manufacturing roadmap for producing the next generation of batteries for consumer devices," commented Dr. Bernd Neudecker, IPS' chief technology officer. "Battery experts know that it's extremely difficult to maintain high energy density, regardless of the battery chemistry, as the cell thickness is reduced. This is especially true when going below 2mm of thickness for a fully packaged battery. However, by using our unique battery architecture, all-solid-state electrolyte and proprietary manufacturing process, energy densities of more than 700Wh/liter can be achieved."

High-capacity cells can be arranged in a variety of configurations, including designing a battery around the form factor of the display of a smart phone or tablet. For example, cells can be safely stacked in a parallel configuration to form a 3.95V all-solid-state, thin-film battery pack about the size and thinness of five standard playing cards, which is three times thinner than today's lithium-ion cell-phone batteries of equivalent capacity. Such a battery would have a capacity of approximately 1.4Ah with a maximum current of 7A and could serve a variety of common hand-held consumer devices. Due to the all-solid-state (completely dry) nature of this technology, there is no organic liquid or gel electrolyte that needs to be safely contained, unlike prismatic lithium-ion cells. Therefore, IPS can leverage its proprietary flexible circuit encapsulation to achieve the thinnest battery encapsulation possible and enable the thinnest smart phones ever marketed.

IPS' technical white paper entitled, "Organic-Free, All-Solid-State, Thin-Film Batteries for Cell Phones, Tablets, and Future Devices," discusses how the company has exceeded the perceived limits of thin-film battery technology and how these batteries can be manufactured in the future. The white paper includes an overview description of the proposed battery chemistry, architecture and performance advantages, as well as the projected materials and manufacturing costs. It can be downloaded from the IPS website at http://www.infinitepowersolutions.com/images/stories/IPS%20All-Solid-State%20Battery%20for%20Cell%20Phones.pdf.

Infinite Power Solutions, Inc. (IPS) a U.S. clean-technology company is a global leader in manufacturing solid-state, rechargeable, thin-film batteries for embedded applications. Founded in 2001, IPS is privately held with corporate headquarters and volume manufacturing in Littleton, Colo. THINERGY Micro-Energy Cell (MEC) products are paper-thin and provide unprecedented power and efficiency in micro-energy storage, displacing conventional coin cells, supercapacitors, and other micro-battery solutions. MECs uniquely enable ambient energy-harvesting solutions to create miniature, autonomous, perpetual power supply solutions and serve consumer applications such as Bluetooth Smart devices and other wireless sensor nodes, including those enabling the Internet of Things (IoT). MECs also provide backup power for real-time clocks, memory modules, and solid-state drives. Leveraging its core technology and manufacturing expertise, IPS is now developing high capacity solid-state batteries to power next generation cell phones and tablet computers.

THINERGY and MEC are trademarks of IPS.

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Jun 5th, 2012 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

Editors note: Nothing stirs up questions for Carolyn Hax like a wedding. And many a bridesmaid has wondered how to navigate the role as supporting cast. Here, we round up some of Carolyns most interesting advice for members of the wedding party from the last 15 years.

Carolyn Hax

Carolyn Hax started her advice column in 1997 as a weekly feature for The Washington Post, accompanied by the work of relationship cartoonist Nick Galifianakis. She is the author of Tell Me About It (Miramax, 2001), and the host a live online discussion on Fridays at noon.

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May 2010: Nixing a bridesmaid for being too fat

Dear Carolyn:

So college friend A just disinvited college friend B from being a bridesmaid -- because B is fat and would ruin the pictures and the look of her big day. Friend A did tell me that if B lost some weight, shed let her back in the wedding party.

Her rationale is that B promised to lose the weight by the wedding but didnt, and that whenever there is a big bridesmaid everyone is looking at her and not the bride.

I am so angry about As nastiness that I cant even think straight. Is it kosher for me to drop out in solidarity with B (with whom I am actually not that close)? What is the best way for me to communicate to A that she is a gigantic [idiot]? I dont know if I even want to be friends anymore.

B hosted a bridal shower, has come to all the fittings/food tastings/other assorted events. Shes a good egg. I heard from mutual friend C that B spent the morning crying. I would too! What can I say to B?

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Jun 5th, 2012 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

Hilary Duff gave birth to son Luca Cruz Comrie only a couple of months ago, but the starlet is feeling a lot of pressure to lose the baby weight and fit in with the typical Hollywood moms who get stick thin just days after having a baby (we're looking at you, Angelina Jolie.) However, it's not exactly easy to drop baby weight when you're trying to care for a newborn.

"I think if you ask any pregnant mom, they're like 'I want my body back,' but it takes time. It takes nine months for your body to get that way and it's putting on that weight on purpose," she commented to US Weekly recently.

The actress is reportedly getting in shape with Pilates and the elliptical machine, according to various posts on Twitter. However, she's more concerned with spending time with her little guy. The latest milestones? He's rolling over and getting used to baths.

"He used to scream getting out of the bathtub, and he only does that three times a week instead of every day," she told the magazine. "And he's just happy."

A child's happiness is the most important thing when it comes to pregnancy and it seems like more and more celebrity moms are learning this. Still, others are going to extreme lengths to lose weight. Where do recent celeb moms stand on that spectrum?

Beyonce

Hey, have you heard that Beyonce had a child? Yeah, Bey has been on the receiving end of a lot of attention - and speculation - since she gave birth to first daughter Blue Ivy Carter in January. The singer returned to the stage over the Memorial Day weekend sans 60 lbs. of baby weight.

And how did she lose the weight? Lettuce and hours on the treadmill, she told the audience at the new Revel Resort & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. However, she's actually using a trainer to push her through hours of workouts and plenty of protein shakes, water, pineapple and other healthy staples.

So, it sounds like she's doing it safely, but that's a lot of weight to lose in less than six months.

Aishwarya Rai

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Jun 5th, 2012 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

We had just delivered our 26-year-old epileptic son to Pearson Airport for his first solo flight to Asia, to travel Japan for four weeks on his own.

I know, he's a big boy now. But my emotions were so scrambled all I wanted to do was go home and start drinking.

We settled for lunch out and a glass of wine, reassured by his text from the plane that he was safely onboard and about to fly off into the sunrise.

The drive to the airport had been mercifully swift, but coloured with nostalgia as the radio suddenly broke forth with Harry Chapin's Cat's in the Cradle. There was the predictable tension as we scoured the car park for a spot and then had to half-run to the check-in. We absorbed the clerk's scolding about not arriving two hours in advance of Geoffs flight, then fairly sprinted to the security line.

Maybe the rush was a good thing. I was exhilarated for him but Id had to restrain myself from clutching his legs as he disappeared through the security door. I smiled manically as his father yelled, You have to take your laptop out of your knapsack!

Yeah, I know, he yelled back, cringing.

Wed known this trip was coming for years. Maybe it was because of a previous existence, or the fact his personal history paralleled the evolution of Nintendo, but something called to him from Tokyo. Still, at the airport outside security, I felt like I was leading a lamb to the slaughter, and as I finally turned away, a great lump lodged in my throat and the tears started to flow.

Before you have kids, you don't realize how much you have to lose. Before you learn to love someone more than life itself, you can't imagine the depth of caring that will relentlessly affect you for the rest of your life.

All that was left for me to nurture was Jake, Geoff's metre-long corn snake, who relished a full-grown mouse for dinner every five days. Solace comes in many forms, and Jake was better than nothing.

It's hard enough being a parent, as everyone who has ever contributed to the human gene pool knows.

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He's an adult now, but I still worry for my epileptic son

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Jun 2nd, 2012 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

By Tanith Carey

PUBLISHED: 18:05 EST, 30 May 2012 | UPDATED: 20:17 EST, 30 May 2012

As soon as she opened her eyes each morning, Jane Clarke would reach for the bottle of pain-killers on her bedside table. She needed them just to get through the day.

Before they took effect, even the most basic tasks, such as walking down the drive to collect her post, caused her shoulders and neck to ache. And even though she topped up her medication every few hours, agonising pain was a constant feature of her life.

It would be easy to assume that Jane, 64, a GPs wife who runs a hat hire business, was afflicted with a chronic disease. But the truth is rather more surprising. For Janes suffering was caused by part of her own anatomy: her ample breasts.

Many women, like Jane, suffer pain from having naturally large breasts

And shes not alone its a problem afflicting increasing numbers of women. In the Fifties, the average cup size was a B, but now its risen to a C. In the past three years, the number of D-cups and above sold by Marks & Spencer has doubled, accounting for a quarter of all bra sales.

In response to customer demand, its range for the bigger-busted woman, which used to end with a G-cup, now goes up to aJ. Lingerie company Bravissimo has even introduced K-cup bras, while Rigby & Peller, the Queens favoured underwear supplier, has gone so far as to launch an eye-watering N-cup bra, the largest ever made in Britain.

The consequences of women having such large chests can be devastating, ranging from crippling back, neck and arm pain, to headaches, friction rash and even curvature of the spine.

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May 31st, 2012 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

Britain's fattest teenager Georgia Davis, 19, had 'settled night' in hospital It took the 30-strong team almost eight hours to get her to an ambulance Friends leave messages of support and say she was 'stressed' by the ordeal Rescuers built a bridge to carry her and had a crane ready if it was needed

By Luke Salkeld

PUBLISHED: 18:00 EST, 24 May 2012 | UPDATED: 18:45 EST, 25 May 2012

A 63-stone girl who had to be rescued from her own home has been fed a diet of junk food and fizzy drinks by her mother, it emerged last night.

Georgia Davis, 19, needed urgent care on Thursday but had to wait eight hours as walls were knocked down before she could be carried from her home into an ambulance.

She is due to remain in hospital over the weekend while doctors continue to test her for medical complaints including diabetes, kidney disease, spinal problems and respiratory failure.

Rescued: Georgia, 19, from Aberdare, South Wales, is Britain's fattest teenager weighing around 63 stone

Her mother Lesley has previously spoken of her guilt over the teenagers obesity.

Neighbours of the family in Aberdare, South Wales, said it was the 57-year-old who bought Georgias food.

One said: Lesley does the shopping for the family on a regular basis just like any other mother going to the supermarket.

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May 26th, 2012 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

Britain's fattest teenager Georgia Davis, 19, needed urgent medical care It took the 30-strong team almost eight hours to get her to an ambulance Rescuers built a bridge to carry her and had a crane ready if it was needed Cost of the operation to get her out of her home will run into the thousands

By Luke Salkeld

PUBLISHED: 18:00 EST, 24 May 2012 | UPDATED: 05:56 EST, 25 May 2012

A teenager weighing 63st was taken to hospital yesterday with the help of builders, scaffolders and members of all three emergency services.

Georgia Davis, 19, needed urgent medical care but it took around 30 people almost eight hours to get her into an ambulance.

The road outside her home was closed off as two walls of the house were demolished to move her from her first-floor bedroom.

A 10ft by 10ft space was cut into to the top floor of the house in Aberdare, South Wales, so that the emergency services could remove 19-year-old Georgia Davis

The scene as Georgia was removed from her home and loaded into an ambulance yesterday

Rescued: Georgia, 19, from Aberdare, South Wales, is Britain's fattest teenager weighing around 63 stone

Her medical condition was not known, but it is understood she had suffered massive organ failure after reaching a reported weight of 63st.

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May 25th, 2012 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

North Canton native Hannah Bukowy was just 10 years old when she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Insulin is needed to allow sugar to enter the bodys cells to produce energy. As a competitive swimmer, a sport that requires intense training, Bukowy had to become very in tune with her body, she said, in order to safely train and compete.

Now, 22, and a registered nurse at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Indiana, Bukowy holds Ohio Northern Universitys school record for the 100-meter breaststroke.

She wants kids to know diabetes does not have to hold them back from sports.

Dont let anybody tell you that you cant do sports or activities, because you can do anything, she said.

The Repository asked Bukowy how she handled growing up with Type 1 diabetes:

Q: How did having diabetes affect the way you ate?

A: The way I ate changed when I was diagnosed, but not too drastically, actually. My parents kept lots of fruits and veggies around before I was diagnosed and my mom would always cook healthy foods like whole grains, lean proteins and fruits and veggies with every meal. The only things that changed majorly were getting rid of regular sodas and eliminating regular lemonade. My mom never really bought candy or cookies before I was diagnosed. Also, we started making more salads with dinner. I am thankful that when I was diagnosed, my whole family pretty much changed eating patterns to accommodate me. On special occasions and birthdays, I was allowed to have a couple sweet treats.

Obviously what you eat has a direct effect on your blood sugars. In my teenage years, I cheated a lot on my diet because I wanted to be like my friends. Whenever I went to sleepovers, I would eat lots of chips, cookies, cakes, etc., and that didnt exactly help my blood sugar levels, and I would feel miserable because of being hyperglycemic. Today I choose carbohydrates that are whole grain and have lots of fiber, eat lean proteins and lots of fruits and veggies. And very occasionally I will treat myself and buy ice cream or make cookies but consume in moderation because its hard to cut treats out totally.

Q: How about the way you exercised?

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Swimmer proves diabetes shouldn't slow you down

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May 21st, 2012 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

I used to be skinny. Really skinny. In high school and up to my first year of college, I was a complete stick -- until I made the decision in my freshman year that I needed to put some muscle on.

Eventually, by my senior year of college, I went from just putting on muscle to actually becoming a bodybuilder standing on stage and posing 35 pounds of muscle above my original starting point.

If you were born skinny, you may not have the potential to gain the bulk of an NFL lineman, but its completely possible for a skinny guy to put on muscle. The bonus for you is that your body fat levels are naturally low, so when you do gain muscle, youll be able to achieve a very ripped look, which bigger, bulky guys often envy!

Here are seven things I learned from my own journey.

Supplements

Normally, you can get from food all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals that you need. But if youre trying to put on significant size and youre exercising at a level that is constantly stripping your body of fuel, youll need help from supplements.

For calories and upping your protein intake, a protein powder is important. If you dont want the typical gut distress that comes from eating protein powders, dont just settle for any version of protein powder. Try to choose one without added soy and corn, with no artificial sweeteners, and with added digestive aids such as digestive enzymes and probiotics.

Other supplements that can effectively help a skinny guy gain muscle are:

-Creatine: 0.3 g/kg bodyweight for 5-7 days followed by 5 g/day.

-Carnitine: 750 mg, 2,000 mg/day, in 2 doses.

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May 21st, 2012 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

LENOIR, NC (WBTV) Environmental Protection Agency experts are advising people who think they have a mercury spill of any kind in their homes to go to the EPA website and explore the options for cleanup before they do anything.

Matthew Huyser is in Lenoir leading the effort to mitigate the mercury spill at Whitnel Elementary.

He said Thursday that people do seem concerned because almost every home has something with mercury in it.

"The new compact fluorescent bulbs do contain a small amount of mercury and should be handled carefully," he said.

There are warnings on the boxes and an 800 number to call if a consumer has questions. The best thing to do he said is go to http://www.epa.gov and follow the instructions.

Procedures will vary depending on what has to be cleaned up. The website will go over the dos and don'ts of cleaning mercury.

Two things not to do, said Huyser, is use a vacuum cleaner or a broom to clean up the mess. Mercury can cause brain damage and other health issues especially if exposed to it over a long period of time.

Vapors present the biggest hazard and experts say if mercury is present, so is the vapor.

When encased in glass such as in thermometers and electrical devices such as thermostats and light bulbs, the mercury is contained safely.

It's when those items break open that problems develop. Keep children away from any broken containers and go to the website for advise, said Huyser.

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May 19th, 2012 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely
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