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Published on August 14th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Lots of interesting work happening out there: Making “renewable” viable: Drexel engineers develop new technology for grid-level electrical energy storage A team of researchers from Drexel University’s College of Engineering has developed a new method for quickly and efficiently storing large amounts of electrical energy. The researchers are putting forward a plan to integrate into the …

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Basic science




Published on August 10th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Computer model (a), and photograph of 3D-printed green body (b) and sintered glass/HAp composite structure (c, after heating to 750°C at 2 K/min) for testing the viability of the 3D-printing process and the sinter model for optimized HAp content. Labels indicate dimensions in mm. Credit: Winkel et al.; JACerS.   Authors of an new Early …

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Business




Published on August 10th, 2012 | By: Eileen De Guire

US patent law is transforming as a result of the passage of the America Invents Act. The US Patent and Trademark Office is conducting meetings in eight cities to introduce patent law changes. Credit: USPTO. The US Patent and Trademark Office has published a flurry of new rules in the Federal Register to implement the …

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Business




Published on August 10th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Here’s what we are hearing: Trek Inc. strategic partnership with M4 Sciences enables ultraprecision machining Trek Inc., a designer and manufacturer of high-voltage amplifiers and electrostatic voltmeters has established a strategic partnership with M4 Sciences LLC which leverages technical strengths from both companies to provide high-productivity ultraprecision machining technology for use in aerospace, automotive, commercial, …

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Business




Published on August 9th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Most all of us in the ceramics field, to greater and lesser extents, have been rooting for A123 Systems to succeed, so its been painful to see the company in recent months entering what appears to be a death spiral. Yesterday, with the release of A123’s Q2 financial reports and the official announcement of a …

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Basic science




Published on August 7th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

To measure the forces acting on the sail, researchers have fitted it with a web of glass fibers. Credit: Fraunhofer HHI. As mentioned in the previous post about Corning’s production of optical fibers, the fibers are most often associated with telecommunications applications. But, these glass fibers are robust optical tools, whose use is limited only …

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Basic science




Published on August 7th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Check ’em out: Five years after I-35 collapse, big leap in bridge sensors (Futurity) Five years after the deadly I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis, advances in sensors are making warning systems more affordable and practical. A new generation of these devices is needed to adequately monitor the nearly 150,000 US highway bridges, about one-in-four listed …

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Basic science




Published on August 7th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Corning’s media department continues to crank out some very good, brief videos on the company’s glass and ceramics technologies. “At the Speed of Light” is one of the latest examples and, although I could do without some of the ‘feel-good’ glitz they have wrapped around this, I think it is one of the best brief …

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Business




Published on August 6th, 2012 | By: P. Carlo Ratto

Sorry for this wave of sad news!: • Corning Inc.’s Q2 2012 profit fell by 39 percent as a result of the fragile economy in Europe and China. The company blamed weak consumer demand for its television screen glass for the fall in profit. Net income fell to $462 million from $755 million, a year …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on August 2nd, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

DOE/ARPA-E has given the green light to 19 new projects related to energy storage with an emphasis on electric vehicle technologies, grid reliability and security. As part of this announcement, ARPA-E says it is creating two new initiatives to support these projects: Advanced Management and Protection of Energy Storage Devices (AMPED) and Small Business Innovation Research. …

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