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Published on June 30th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

I am hoping some of our readers may know what this is about. I get that it is generally possible to record what the background heat signature might be like, but I have my doubts about whether 1) the recording process can anticipate viewing angles, and 2) whether materials exist that can “broadcast” a rapidly …

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Business




Published on June 30th, 2010 | By: David Shahin and Chris Dosch

For two students who are used to attending technical conferences like MS&T and ICACC, the experience at the first Ceramic Leadership Summit was an exciting departure from the conference norm. The Summit, held June 21-22, 2010 in Baltimore, Md., replaced the typical research presentation sessions with content that was far more global in its perspective. …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on June 30th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

According to a DOE press release, field tests have shown that using carbon dioxide in an oil recovery method dubbed “huff-and-puff” can help assess the carbon sequestration potential of geologic formations while tapping domestic oil resources. The tests run by the Plains CO2 Reduction Partnership, one of seven in DOE’s Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership programs, …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on June 30th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Shinobu Fujihara, professor of engineering at Keio University (Japan), oversees a lab that has been investigating ceramic-based optical energy materials science. For example, some of the work involves the use of materials with luminescent and other electromagnetic properties that can be incorporated into a ceramic material. The idea is to build environmentally friendly multifunctional ceramic …

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Business




Published on June 28th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The New York Times reported that California utility Pacific Gas & Electric and solar company SunRun have formed an alliance that will eliminate the upfront cost of installing rooftop solar panels for some home owners. PG&E subsidiary Pacific Energy Capital is investing $100 million to help pay for the installation of more than 3,500 home …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on June 28th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The American Physical Society says it will be pushing congressional leaders to increase research investments in energy-efficiency technologies. The APS says that having a broad portfolio of energy-efficiency options is the fastest, easiest way to ending the United States’ reliance on foreign oil and domestic drilling, not to mention meeting the 2030 greenhouse gas targets. …

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Materials & Innovations




Published on June 28th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Geologists say they have discovered that an ultra-thin layer of smectitic clay on rocks along deep, older fault lines in the San Andreas fault region provide important lubrication that permits gradual movement rather than earthquake-producing jumps. Geologist from the University of Michigan and the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt Universität Institut für Geographie und Geologie (Germany) say the smoother …

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Business




Published on June 25th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

While paging through a recent edition of Newsweek, I ran across two articles I recommend as good reading material. The first is by columnist Ezra Klein, “How much does a gallon of gas cost? A whole lot more than you think.” What’s remarkable is not the concept that gas is underpriced and/or subsidized, but Klein …

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Biomaterials




Published on June 25th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Researchers at Fraunhofer’s Institute for Laser Technology say they are getting excellent results from a bone replacement system that uses a paste of polyactide (PLA) and tricalcium phosphate that is melted by a fine laser to build up layers of material that can provide a strong and precise fit. This new approach was developed under …

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