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Cement




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

Check ’em out: Why we need a Kelley Blue Book for solar Swarmanoids (like the Mission Impossible crew, only better) Building honors site’s history as an aggregate mine with extensive use of concrete Suppression of the coffee-ring effect by shape-dependent capillary interactions Lightweight solar panels can be worn by soldiers in combat Shrinking an arbitrary …

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Business




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

I am still trying to figure out exactly what to make of this: Last week, Molycorp issued its quarterly report to investors, in which it both announced a “master supply agreement” to provide Hitachi with didymium alloy (a neodymium and praseodymium mix) and lanthanum oxide for magnet manufacturing, but also announced it had cut off talks …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on August 17th, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

Carbon nanotube and graphene electrode nanodevice. The electrical properties of a 1,000 atom nanodevice were calculated using first-principles computation methods. Credit: Fujitsu Laboratories press release. A key tenet of the Materials Genome Initiative for Global Competitiveness (pdf) is using computation to reduce the time for materials development by 75%, from 20 years to 5 years. …

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Basic science




Published on August 16th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Credit: MSNBC; Corning Inc. The video below is a recent production of MSNBC’s Future of Technology series. It covers both familiar ground, such as the glass cubes that project out from Chicago’s Willis (nee Sears) Tower, Apple’s proposed new headquarters and Gorilla Glass, as well as some new territory regarding Corning’s unconfirmed plans to introduce …

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Business




Published on August 16th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Here’s what we are hearing: New process viscometer catalog from Brookfield Brookfield Engineering Laboratories is pleased to offer a brand new 24 page, full-color Process Control Viscometer Catalog. This catalog, specifically focused on measuring viscosity in-line, was created in response to the growing demand for process viscosity control solutions. In the first section of the …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on August 15th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

  Representation of Caltech team’s simulations of a 2.0 nm-diameter carbon nanotube, revealing confined water molecules. Credit: Tod Pascal, Caltech. A recent issue of PNAS had an intriguing article that discusses the interplay among carbon nanotubes, water molecules’ hydrogen bonding and entropy, and its worth noting that the Caltech researchers involved in this work say the result …

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Biomaterials




Published on August 15th, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

A bare-metal coronary stent. Credit: Frank C. Müller; Wikipedia Creative Commons license The 2010 Affordable Health Care Act includes a provision for a 2.3% excise tax to be levied against the revenues of medical device companies starting in 2013 regardless of whether the company generates a profit or not, which means companies could owe more …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on August 12th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Carbon-coated sand improves purification of drinking water Where’s the octopus? Yacht designers turn to Zircotec’s ceramic technology for durability & performance gains Poneman to lead interagency delegation to Brasília to launch the US–Brazil strategic energy dialogue Eye-pleasing energy reshapes power designs ‘Hybrid’ solar system proves cheaper than photovoltaics Japanese rare earth consumers set up shop …

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Aeronautics & Space




Published on August 12th, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

Artist’s rendition of DARPA’s Falcon HTV-2 hypersonic aircraft. Credit: DARPA. It’s not often that the latest issue of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society to hit the newsstands ties in with current events, but the August issue does. Yesterday DARPA conducted its second test flight of a hypersonic vehicle and, unfortunately, lost communication with …

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