Technology update 23 December 2011 8 121

Year-end innovations

Carbon-based fibers look to be the future of construction and high-tech manufacturing: the Composite Holding Company bids to bring production of the super-strong, ultra-lightweight carbon material to Russia. A research institute in Dimitrovgrad retools to stave off a coming shortage in the world's most important diagnostic radioactive isotope. A new waste-to-energy plant is up and running, hopefully making toxic landfills a thing of the past. And the country's brightest tech entrepreneurs show off their latest wares at the Fourth Russian Innovation Convention.

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