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

Although there is a tendency to associate aerogel with more exotic applications, one of the frustrations has been finding ways to incorporate the temperamental material into common large-scale manufacturing and applications, such as insulation. Some enterprises, however, are plugging away at the problems and are succeeding in making greater use of aerogel. One example is …

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Ceramic Tech Today




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

The DOE promised to act fast in distributing its stimulus monies and it is. It’s been announced that one of the first offers is going to Solyndra, a Fremont, Calif., company with a maverick technology I profiled back in October. A $535 million guarantee will allow the company to obtain lower-than-market financing to expand its …

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Career




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

The under-representation of women in science careers in the United States has been reported before, but a new Cornell University report provides more – but not necessarily startling – details about why this under representation occurs. The Cornell researchers’ conclusion explains the situation along fairly commonsensical lines: The choice to have and raise children unfortunately …

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Biomaterials




Published on March 20th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Aerogels are incredibly lightweight (nearly lighter than air) and strong materials, and one of this blog’s most popular posts is a video demonstrating some amazing aerogel properties. Although it’s not a new material, I’ve felt that only recently have R&D techniques been able to mature enough to match aerogel’s capabilities. Indeed, now there is news …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on March 20th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Via Gizmag, two Fraunhofer Institutes have teamed up to develop a clever and simple way of treating window glass to make it sensitive to motion and, thus, perfect for security purposes. The combination hardware-software system is able to discriminate between expected motion, i.e., a passing car, and suspicious movement that would warrant an alarm. The …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on March 19th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

NIST and Johns Hopkins University researchers have unveiled a new speedy and sensitive probe that may prove to be a godsend for nano scientists and related businesses. The NIST-JHU team calls the equipment a Multi-Axis Crystal Spectrometer. It is built on the technology developed in prior spectrometers at NIST’s Center for Neutron Research, where MACS …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on March 18th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

[flash /ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/iotv_vest.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/iotv_vest.jpg}] One of the most prevelant forms of ceramic armor currently in use by the United States military is the IOTV. It went into large-scale use by the Marines in 2007 (nee, the MTV), and his since been relatively popular, as personal armor goes. It is lighter than the older Interceptor body …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on March 18th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

[flash /ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/oobleck_explained.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/oobleck_explained.jpg}] The staff at Science Friday, too, senses the masses growing interest in all things oobleck and is shamelessly trying to ignore this blogs leadership efforts and elbow us out of the way. SciFri does trump us by getting two experts, University of Michigan’s Robert Deegan and University of Texas’ Harry Swinney, …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on March 17th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

London’s Science Museum has a great new exhibit – Fast Forward: 20 ways F1 is changing our world. The “F1” reference is, of course, to auto racing, which has always been a testing ground of sorts for cutting edge materials and applications. The show has lots of examples of how F1 carbon composites are being …

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Biomaterials




Published on March 16th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Organizers have announced that, due to high demand, the submission deadline for Materials Science & Technology 2009 Conference & Exhibition, slated for Oct. 25-29 in Pittsburgh, has been extended to March 31. MS&T is the leading forum in the United States addressing structure, properties, processing and performance across the materials community. Potential presenters are asked …

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