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Biomaterials




Published on July 25th, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

Topological optimization can be used to custom design prosthetic implants. Credit: Image created by Janet Sinn-Hanlon, Beckman ITG, University of Illinois Mathematics—the common language of science and engineering—often proves to be the doorway between disciplines. The common ground between a skyscraper, an airplane wing, and facial bones may not seem obvious until one realizes that from …

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Business




Published on July 22nd, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Despite some government announcements, consensus has yet to emerge on he fate of Japan’s nuclear reactors such as the Monju fast-breeder, above (still under construction). Credit: Nife; Wikipedia Commons. I don’t envy Japanese policy makers. The long-term economic and societal affects that continue to echo from the Fukushima Dai-ichi disaster are proving, understandably, to be …

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Aeronautics & Space




Published on July 22nd, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

The final Space Shuttle mission was completed on Thursday with the landing of  Atlantis in Florida. In this video, astrophysicist and science evangelist, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, laments the end of the Shuttle program and rifs on the value of NASA to the nation. What do you think? Hat tip: The Scholarly Kitchen

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ACerS news




Published on July 21st, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

2010 impact factor and other metrics demonstrate long term value of ACerS publications. Most participants in the scholarly publishing process take a keen interest in the journal impact factor, a yearly metric issued by Thomson Reuters. The 2010 IFs were just released and the news for ACerS journals is very good. Of the three journals …

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ACerS news




Published on July 20th, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

An aboriginal dance troupe teaching PACRIM9 attendees a few moves. Credit: ACerS Recently returned from Cairns, Australia, Charlie Spahr, ACerS executive director, reports that PACRIM9 was a successful, and distinctly Australian, conference: The event drew more than 700 delegates representing 35 countries and included approximately 150 student representatives. About 20 percent of the attendees were …

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Basic science




Published on July 20th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Georgia Tech researchers display samples of materials on which ferroelectric nanostructures have been fabricated by thermochemical nanolithography. Graduate research assistant Yaser Bastani (left) with silicon, assistant professor Nazanin Bassiri-Gharb with polyimide and postdoctoral fellow Suenne Kim with glass. (Credit: Gary Meek, Georgia Tech.) “We can directly create piezoelectric materials of the shape we want, where …

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Business




Published on July 19th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Here’s what we are hearing: Rankings of the world’s largest ceramic tile and sanitaryware producers RAK group (United Arab Emirates) tops the ranking by tile output volumes. Marazzi Group leads the value-based ranking, which is dominated by Italian companies. Roca Group is the number one world sanitaryware manufacturer Breakthrough indentation yield strength test by Nanovea …

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Business




Published on July 19th, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

Grouping of substances can expedite EU REACH compliance. In late 2006, the European Union passed the legislation known as REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals), which became effective on June 1, 2007. The legislation extends globally to any manufacturer or supplier wanting to do business in the EU. The European Chemicals Agency has …

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ACerS news




Published on July 19th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

I have a pretty lengthy interview with SRNL’s John Marra in the August issue of the Bulletin of the American Ceramic Society regarding materials implications of the nuclear situation in Japan, and I will include a link as soon as the electronic version is online, but I did want to note that the NRC’s Near-Term …

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