Made-in-Japan metal goes global
Cobarion, a new metal alloy developed by Tohoku University, is becoming recognized outside of Japan as a jewelry-quality alternative for people with nickel allergies. The goal now is to convince jewelers and customers on the material.
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These dishes don't break
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Prevening train station accidents
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The battle for better sushi
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