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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on October 9th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Via a press release from University of Missouri, we learn that researchers are developing a nuclear battery that is smaller, lighter and more efficient. It is the size and thickness of a penny. Jae Kwon, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at MU, who has been working on building a small nuclear battery, admits …

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Characterization




Published on October 9th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

A team at NIST’s Center for Neutron Research, led by Hiroaki Kadowaki of Tokyo Metropolitan University, has found a way to produce molecule-sized monopoles, a feat that would allow the exploration of magnetic monopoles in the laboratory, not just on the chalkboard (the existence of monopole particles has been hypothesized for 80 over years). The …

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Materials & Innovations




Published on October 8th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

If there was a contest for the nerdiest piece of furniture ever made, my money would be on this Periodic coffee table. It has everything a science fanatic could ask for, including the actual elements (even the toxic ones) encased in a thick layer of resin to ensure safety. As a whole, the table is …

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Materials & Innovations




Published on October 7th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

California’s Feel Golf company recently acquired Caldwell Golf Company‘s ceramic product line. They claim that ceramic technology increases performance in putters, drivers and fairway woods in comparison to metal clubs. Ceramics have been attractive materials for golf clubs because of their hardness, wear resistance and light weight. Rolex incorporates ceramics into the bezel of some …

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Biomaterials




Published on October 7th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

The current issue of the International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology reports on a Northwestern University group’s work related to using improved gelcasting techniques that allow new possibilities for manufacturing of certain laminates. Gelcasting, a technique perfected at the Oak Ridge National Lab, is a method used to create large, near-net-shape ceramic and metal components …

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Business




Published on October 7th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Los Alamos National Lab has been working to develop high-volume production processes for making a thin, flexible tape that operates as a superconductor at liquid hydrogen nitrogen temperatures and can carry 3 million amps per cm2. This video crams a lot of information into one brief video, with quick shots of each stage of the …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on October 6th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Technology Review reported that researchers at Georgia Tech have developed an anode material that resists the buildup of sulfur and carbon that can occur at lower temperatures. SOFCs require high temperatures to run efficiently. The higher the temperatures, the higher the costs. Nickel, often used as a catalyst in the anode, is prone to contamination …

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Policy




Published on October 5th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

House and Senate conferees have completed work on the final FY 2010 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill. The House passed this $33.5 billion legislation last week; the Senate may vote this week. At this point in the process, only an up-or-down vote is permitted. Thus, it appears H.R. 3183’s provisions are final. President Obama …

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Materials & Innovations




Published on October 5th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

These guys are sorta cute, as stuffed standard model particles go, but the Bosons as a group are a little creepy and the gluon has definitely been sniffing the glue. Get to work. You can howl at the moon tonight!

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Business




Published on October 4th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Ipsen Ceramics is totally focused on customer service Over 50 years has made Ipsen Ceramics an expert in the field of high temperature refractories and production of kiln furniture. Ipsen Ceramics has become a leader in the toll firing business where we process a wide variety of materials. Ipsen Ceramics gives you the flexibility to …

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