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Biomaterials




Published on December 7th, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Two different approaches to the creation of materials that could be described as artificial nacre – nacre being that super strong substance produced in nature by some mollusks and something of a Holy Grail pursued by materials scientists – have recently been announced. First some background on why nacre is so strong, courtesy of the …

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Published on December 5th, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

(Also – see BAM Update here.) What’s almost as hard as diamond, slicker than Teflon and “green” enough to reduce the United States’ industrial energy consumption by trillions of BTUs a year? The answer is BAM – a ceramic alloy created by combining a mix of boron, aluminum and magnesium with titanium diboride. The world’s …

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Published on December 4th, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The United State Army’s newly introduced energy plan calls for the construction of what could be the world’s most powerful solar power plant and initiation of four additional pilot projects designed to reduce the Army’s dependence on fossil fuels. New pilot projects: Announced in early Oct., the plan has established a Senior Energy Council, which will act …

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Published on December 3rd, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

[flash /ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/oobleck_run.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/oobleck_run.jpg}]   Today we feature a classic experiment/weird experience in materials science, rheology, shear stress, strain rate, non-Newtonian fluid mechanics – and gooey fun: the Oobleck Run, AKA (with a great deal of hyperbole) Walking on Water. This video was prepared for the Discovery Channel’s great new series, Time Warp. The science …

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Biomaterials




Published on November 24th, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

DOE has developed two pre-approved, standardized contracts that will now make it easier for academia and industry to use its world-class research facilities. One of the model contracts covers proprietary research, while the other addresses non-proprietary scientific investigations. Both are applicable at all designated DOE user facilities and labs, requiring minimal – if any – …

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Published on November 23rd, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

If you think building a house on Earth is expensive, try building a space station on the moon. That’s what NASA hopes to be doing in 2020, as part of its plan to return to the moon – this time with a four-astronaut team that will live on the lunar surface for seven days or …

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Published on November 22nd, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The reality of a depressed economy may temper President-Elect Obama’s approach to environmental issues, but it won’t tamper with his original clean-tech objectives – at least according to his responses to an interview on the Nov. 16 TV news show 60 Minutes. Reminded of his pre-election proposal calling on America to save more oil over …

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Published on November 21st, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Ya gotta hand it to Honda for positioning itself at the front of the this game-changing technology. On the heels of the release of its FCX Clarity sedan, Honda displayed a three-seater fuel cell sports car, the FC Sport Wednesday at the LA car show. It has a low profile and centers the driver in …

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Published on November 21st, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Two Johns Hopkins researchers believe they have developed a new method to use lasers to manipulate electrons in a crystal array, and if the discovery holds up to testing, it could lead to new forms of computer memory, biohazard alarms and cancer cell detectors. Alexander Kaplan, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer …

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Published on November 20th, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The world’s carbon dioxide emissions have escalated 38 percent since 1992, climbing from 6.1 billion tons in 1992 to 8.5 billion tons last year, according to DOE’s Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, located at Oak Ridge National Labs. In 1992, the United States headed the list of the world’s top five CO2 emitters. The rest of …

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