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Published on January 21st, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Samples of near-term small modular nuclear reactor designs. Credit: DOE SMR report. The concept of using small modular nuclear reactors is something we’ve written on several times in the past, and it seems like a viable technology, if not for use in developing nations, at least for use in underdeveloped nations with nearly nonexistent power …

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Published on January 20th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Here is what we are hearing: Spanish ceramic tile manufacturers are, once again, the largest presence at the trade fair February 7-10 are the dates for the 30th edition of the International Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Equipment Fair, CEVISAMA at the Feria Valencia centre. The fair is already an international point of reference for the …

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Business




Published on January 20th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The Florida-based Boca Bearing Co., a maker of ceramic ball bearings, announced that it will celebrate its 25th year in business by giving away over $20,000 in cash and prizes in an international innovation contest. Besides being a way to highlight its anniversary and show its appreciation to customers, the company says it hopes the …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on January 20th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Band structure of rutile SnO2, illustrating free-carrier absorption. Visible light does not carry enough energy to excite carriers across the band gap (a) or to excite free carriers directly to the next conduction-band states (b). However, additional momentum provided by a phonon enables indirect free-carrier absorption (c) for any visible or infrared wavelength. States in …

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ACerS news




Published on January 19th, 2012 | By: Eileen De Guire

Beautiful weather in Orlando, Fla. beckoned these attendees at the Electronic Materials and Applications meeting. The 2012 Electronic Materials and Applications meeting opened yesterday in Orlando, Fla. This is the third consecutive year for the event organized by ACerS’ Electronics Division and Basic Science Division, and this year’s gathering attracted just under 200 participants. The …

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Aeronautics & Space




Published on January 19th, 2012 | By: Eileen De Guire

  Artist’s rendering of mirror arrangement for Giant Magellan Telescope in Chile. Credit: GMT. “Mirror, mirror on the wall/Who’s the best mirror maker of them all?”   In the story of Snow White, the magic mirror is an important supporting character. It sees into places its interrogator cannot and reports back on the who, what …

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ACerS news




Published on January 17th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

[flash http://ceramics.org/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/cyrus_wadia2.flv mode=1 f={image=http://ceramics.org/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/cyrus_wadia.jpg}] The Materials Genome Initiative is a multi-stakeholder effort to develop an infrastructure that will accelerate materials discovery and deployment. President Barack Obama unveiled the MGI in July 2011 as a critical enabling element of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership program. The goal of the MGI is to support the creation of new …

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Biomaterials




Published on January 17th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Check ’em out: Warning on fracture of the alumina-bearing couple delta ceramic liner in hip implants Although the fracture rate of third-generation alumina-bearing couples is low, we believe that it may not be possible to eliminate the actual risk of alumina head fracture. Patients should be informed about the potential for this complication before receiving …

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Basic science




Published on January 16th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

I’ve been following the news coverage of the annual Consumer Electronic Show held last week in Las Vegas, and it appears that a lot of writers were underwhelmed by what they saw. Some items, such as large-format OLED television screens and a slew of “smart” TVs, turned heads, but few observers claim to see any …

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Basic science




Published on January 16th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Credit: DOE As Eileen notes in her post, the DOE has updated its assessment of factors affecting the availability of critical materials for energy applications, particularly in regard to rare earth elements. To give readers a quick sense of what has changed in a year, I put together comparisons of the criticality charts in the …

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