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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on September 2nd, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Karthik Ramani, a professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University, poses the question that may intrigue anyone trying to work out a new idea: “Say I’m a design engineer working for an automotive company and I want to find out how much stress my conceptual part can withstand. I want to know where to drill …

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Materials & Innovations




Published on September 2nd, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

A team of Northwestern University researchers has figured out a way to use nanodiamonds to deliver DNA for gene-therapy application. By modifying the surface of nanodiamond particles with a special polymer, a group led by Dean Ho found they could reach a delivery efficiency that is 70 times greater than that of a conventional standard …

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Business




Published on September 2nd, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

[flash http://ceramics.org/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/cal_stevenson.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/cal_stevenson.jpg}] Stevenson is the founder and CEO of Deltech Furnaces Inc., a maker of specialty furnaces that have been used for everything from analyzing moon rocks to manufacturing advanced materials for fuel cells. Deltech’s furnaces are in use around the world in government labs, corporate R&D labs, manufacturing plants and universities. Stevenson …

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Business




Published on September 1st, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

The New York Times reported last week that the price of solar panels has dropped 40 percent in a little more than a year. That’s good news for consumers who have been scared off by the initial upfront costs for installing a solar array. The federal 30 percent subsidy for renewable energy projects has helped …

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Career




Published on September 1st, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

ACerS is sponsoring a two-day course on Ceramic Injection Molding Sept. 16-17. The course is being held in San Diego, Calif. The course is a good opportunity for engineers, QC specialists, designers and technical sales professionals to get a good immersion in injection molding. The course will cover IM’s history Competing technologies, related technologies Powders, …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on September 1st, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Traditional light bulbs are being phased out in the 27 countries of the European Union, reports the New York Times. Europe will replace the bulbs as part of its plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by the year 2020. Stores will be able to sell off their remaining stocks. However, starting Tuesday, the …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on September 1st, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Without a way to store their power, no number of solar panels will free a home from the electrical grid. The Daily Herald reports that researchers at Utah-based Ceramatec have developed a new battery that can be scaled up to store 20 kilowatt-hours — enough to power an average home for most of a day. …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on August 31st, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

The latest effort to store clean power from wind and solar energy resources comes from California, where a leading utility is hoping to put emerging technology to work. A report in the San Francisco Chronicle describes how Pacific Gas and Electric is working on a facility that would transform the energy from clean power resources …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on August 31st, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

The National Geographic News has an interesting story about a project in Cairo, Egypt, that is successfully introducing solar power (albeit on a small scale) in several poor areas of the city. The nonprofit Solar CITIES project has installed 34 solar-powered hot water systems and five biogas reactors since 2003. “Our program is unique, in …

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