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Aeronautics & Space




Published on October 18th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

We featured work before on the Naval Research Labs work with artificial jellyfish for aquatic sensor applications, but this is the first time I have seen the efficiency of jellyfish propulsion applied to flight. A poetic design, huh? For more info, see this Talking Science post, and please, please check out all of design work …

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ACerS news




Published on October 18th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Missouri University of Science & Technology’s Keramos chapter won the Most Outstanding Chapter Award. The chapter’s representatives, front row, from left are William Meier, Megan Gilbert, Catie Mohrmann, Andrea Els and Stephen Edgar. Back row, Keramos executive committee members Robert Schwartz, Greg Hilmas, William Hammetter, Brian Gilmore and Kevin Fox. Keramos, the national professional ceramic …

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Biomaterials




Published on October 18th, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

NYU scientists have developed artificial structures consisting of triple helix molecules containing three DNA double helices that can self-replicate. In the above illustration, two BTX domains are paired by two lateral connections (another two existing connections are not shown). The cross-section view shows two of the four helices that are formed by the lateral cohesive …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on October 14th, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

The Game Georgia Institute of Technology at University of Virginia Oct. 15, 3:30 p.m., ET This week we return to Big School match-ups with this Atlantic Coast Conference game. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets bring a 6-0 record and a 12th place national ranking to the contest against the 3-2 University of Virginia Cavaliers. Tech …

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Basic science




Published on October 13th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

  3D visualization of the sintered 6P53B glass scaffolds using the Advanced Light Source’s synchrotron X-ray microcomputed tomography (left and top right) and a corresponding scanning electron microscopy image (bottom right). Credit: LBL. Researchers in the glass and ceramics field seem to be stepping up the search for materials and fabrication techniques that can deliver …

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Basic science




Published on October 13th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Abengoa, designer of novel concentrating solar power towers, is a participant in several new ARPA-E funded projects for storing thermal energy. Credit: Abengoa Last week Eileen reported on ARPA-E’s new awards in rare-earth alternative technologies. This week I thought I would take a look at APRA-E’s $37.3 million initiative to find a disruptive thermal storage …

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Business




Published on October 13th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

UltraTemp is GreenCell’s core ceramic composite technology. Credit: GreenCell. Here’s what we’re hearing (some info from news releases): ASD and Sacmi: A new partnership focussing on quality As part of modernisation plans for its production facility in Wenling City, in Zhejiang province, China, aimed at meeting the challenges of an ever-more global market, ASD has …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on October 13th, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

3D microstructure of a typical MLCC slow-fired conditions (top) and fast-fired conditions. Credit: JACerS The Clive Randall group at Penn State has just published a paper, “Effect of Firing Rates on Electrode Morphology and Electrical Properties of Multilayer Ceramic Capacitors” in the Journal of the American Ceramic Society and available via the Early View option. …

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ACerS news




Published on October 13th, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

Art Friedberg. The Friedberg Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Clive Randall on Tuesday at MS&T. Credit: ACerS Much of the joy in my adult life can be traced back directly to Art Friedberg. The clock was ticking in the second semester of my sophomore year at Illinois, and the deadline for declaring a major …

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Biomaterials




Published on October 11th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Credit: F. Jacquot; Wikipedia. Although they are somewhat light on the details, researchers at the Changzhou Institute of Light Industry Technology (CIT) say they may have found a way to address fatigue problems associated with two materials of interest for use as cartilage-like coating material for joint prostheses. Led by Maoquan Xue, the CIT group wanted to see …

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