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Published on May 18th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

National Nanotechnology Initiative’s schematic representation of knowledge/data flow in Materials Genome-type communities. Credit: NNI. The White House held a special Materials Genome Initiative workshop this week that involved about 170 representatives of industry, academia, national labs and government, and the event served as a background for several significant new announcements related to the MGI. A post …

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Medical




Published on May 18th, 2012 | By: Eileen De Guire

Good news for coffee drinkers: A recent study from the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study finds that coffee drinkers live longer. Credit: Wikipedia. Recently, I told you about research indicating that tipsy people might get more benefit from the caffeine than sober imbibers will. This is useful after-hours information, but of limited day-to-day value. For …

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Business




Published on May 16th, 2012 | By: Eileen De Guire

[flash http://ceramictechweekly.org/wp-content/video/rohrer_greg_grandchalls.flv mode=1 f={image=http://ceramictechweekly.org/wp-content/video/rohrer_greg_grandchalls.jpg}] Greg Rohrer talks about the goals, process and findings of a recent workshop organized to identify the scientific grand challenges and emerging research areas relating to ceramic materials. Credit: ACerS. What are the big questions that ceramic materials can answer? In March a group of about 35 ceramic scientists gathered for …

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ACerS news




Published on May 16th, 2012 | By: Eileen De Guire

[flash http://ceramictechweekly.org/wp-content/video/faberChicago3.flv mode=1 f={image=http://ceramictechweekly.org/wp-content/video/faberChicago3.jpg}] Don’t let the conference distract you from exploring Chicago! In this video, Kathy Faber, ICC4 president, shows us a small sampling of the attractions the city of Chicago offers for the conference after-hours. Credit: ACerS. My colleague and pal, Megan Bricker, who is ACerS director of marketing and membership, looked up …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on May 15th, 2012 | By: Eileen De Guire

The efficiency of LED devices is limited by carbon point defects in the aluminum nitride transparency layer, which absorb useful wavelengths of light (around 4.7 eV). North Carolina State University researchers used computational methods and detailed experiments to make the discovery. Credit: Doug Irving; NC State. The Materials Genome Initiative is shining the spotlight on …

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Business




Published on May 15th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

It’s not often that the life and work of someone who labors in the fields of in materials science and chemistry is profiled in a magazine like The New Yorker—better know for its commentary, criticism and cartoons than for a thoughtful discussion of catalysts and silicon coatings—so it was a little startling to see a …

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Business




Published on May 15th, 2012 | By: P. Carlo Ratto

• Allied Glass has agreed a deal to take additional space at a location in Leeds, UK as demand for its products increases. The company recently announced that it expects 2012 sales to exceed £100 million; its performance was being driven by rising demand for spirits in emerging markets such as China, India, Russia and …

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Basic science




Published on May 15th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

This illustration depicts the shape of diamond tips used to apply pressure that uncovered important new properties in the memory medium GST. The inset represents the atomic structure of amorphous GST. Credit: Ming Xu, Johns Hopkins Univ. Check ’em out: Thanks for the memory: Researchers find room for more data storage in phase-change material A team …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on May 14th, 2012 | By: Eileen De Guire

St. Edward Parish on the northwest side of Chicago has been a cornerstone of the neighborhood’s faith, social and cultural life since its founding in 1889. Credit: St. Edward Parish; www.stedward-chicago.com. I grew up in a fairly homogeneous Irish-Polish neighborhood of Chicago, and most of my young life revolved around St. Edward Parish. The only …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on May 14th, 2012 | By: Eileen De Guire

New papers that have been accepted for publication in the Journal of the American Ceramic Society are posted to “Early View” on the Wiley website and can be read even before the issue is printed. Below are summaries of selected papers currently available via Early View. All members of The American Ceramic Society receive free online …

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