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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on June 29th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Conventional thinking says that a block of salt can’t stretch, but researchers from Sandia National Laboratories and the University of Pittsburgh are saying they aren’t so sure anymore. In an article published in Nanoletters, members of the group describe how they were poking around a small piece of salt with an interfacial force microscope when …

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The discovery may have application in desalination systems. It may also provide insight on sea salt aerosols. These aerosols are linked to cloud nucleation and lead to environmental problems, such as smog, ozone destruction and asthma.

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on June 27th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Australia’s national science agency says it has developed a new, strong fire-blocking material. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization calls the material HIPS (‘hybrid inorganic polymer system’). According to the Melbourne-based CSIRO, construction materials given a coating of HIPS can withstand temperatures of over 1000°C. CSIRO describes HIPS as a geopolymer: It contains an …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on June 26th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Admittedly, we are honking our own horn here, but allow us to brag a little bit about the growing influence of the two peer-reviewed journals of The American Ceramic Society. The new “Impact Factor” numbers are out and the Journal of the American Ceramic Society remains the highest impact journal in the field. The 2008 …

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Biomaterials




Published on June 25th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

According to a press release, researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst have developed a “chemical nose” that can sniff out cancer. It’s a tool that could revolutionize cancer detection and treatment, according to chemist Vincent Rotello and cancer specialist Joseph Jerry. An article describing the chemical nose method of cancer detection appears in the …

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Biomaterials




Published on June 24th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

[flash /ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/hench_bioglass_pacrim.flv mode=1 f={image=http://ceramictechweekly.org/wp-content/video/hench_bioglass_pacrim.jpg}] This ACerS video is a lecture by Larry Hench given at the PACRIM8 Conference in June 2009 in Vancouver. Hench has been at the forefront of the revolution that has occurred in the past four decades in the field of bioactive glass. First discovered in 1969, these materials provided the first …

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Business




Published on June 24th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

  SCI Engineered Materials receives $1 million thin film solar order Thresher Industries selects the Cal Poly’s materials engineering program to set up testing protocol Bekaert introduces one-piece rotatable AZO target at Intersolar North America 2009 Natural History Museum of London acquires an Asylum MFP-3D Stand Alone

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on June 23rd, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Volkswagen is gearing up for a limited production of the VW-1L, named for its ability to travel 100 km on 1 L of gas, or 285 mi. per gallon. A press release from the company states that the car, measuring in at 4.1 feet wide, 11.4 feet long and just over 3 feet tall, features …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on June 23rd, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Wired Magazine reported last week that 28 years of wind data from the National Centers for Environmental Prediction and the Department of Energy have been analyzed to study geographical distributions, persistency of winds, intermittency issues and global climate effects of large-scale energy extraction of high-altitude winds. The analysis titled “Global Assessment of High Altitude Wind …

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Aeronautics & Space




Published on June 22nd, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

As NASA and other space agencies send space vehicles on missions that bring them closer and closer to the sun, one problem is finding improved heat shields. Recently, a group from Johns Hopkins University announced it has some innovations to offer for near-solar environments, using a shield with an alumina optical surface. Their research is …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on June 22nd, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

New developments give hope for producing capacitors with the same energy density performance as lithium-ion batteries. Researchers at Eamex Corp. of Osaka, Japan, announced that they have produced a solid polymer capacitor with a greater electrode surface area in order to achieve a performance of up to 600 watt hours per liter. Eamex says it …

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