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Biomaterials




Published on March 16th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The premier issue of ACerS’ new quarterly glass journal has just been put online and – good news – all of the content of this first issue is available for free! The International Journal of Applied Glass Science has been in development for over a year, and the demand for such a publication is the …

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Business




Published on March 16th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Darren Quick over at Gizmodo reports on an interesting combined photovoltaic panel (with tracking) and water-heating system. According to Quick, the systems will be made by Technique Solar, an Australian company spunoff from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Each trough (see diagram above) has a lens that concentrates the sunlight on a strip of …

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Career




Published on March 13th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Have an interest in nuclear-related studies and research? The DOE wants you! The agency has just announced that it is seeking applicants for $5 million worth of scholarships and fellowships as part of its efforts to recruit and train the next generation of nuclear scientists and engineers. This opportunity is open to any student enrolled …

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Business




Published on March 12th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Lux Research’s blog reports that some of the major nano-enabled product segments are getting bruised in the recession. Lux says the trend is particularly noticeable in the automotive, construction and electronics finished-goods sectors, but has infected the whole nanomaterials value chain to a lesser extent. As a result, Lux Research has lowered its previous projections …

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Business




Published on March 11th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Companiesandmarkets.com is offering a new 70-page report that analyzes the global market for aerogels by following end-use markets: thermal and acoustic insulation, consumer products, sensors and Instrumentation, medical, aerospace, energy and others. The report contains separate analyses for US, Europe and the rest of world, with forecasts through 2015. The report profiles 11 companies including …

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Materials & Innovations




Published on March 11th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The movie The Hurt Locker won big on Oscars night last weekend. The film about explosive ordinance disposal squad in Iraq scored five awards in total: Kathryn Bigelow won Best Director, and Mark Boal scored for Best Original Screenplay. It won Best Film Editing and Best Sound Editing. And finally, the film won Best Picture …

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Business




Published on March 10th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The research company Freedonia Group predicts that worldwide hydrogen demand will continue to climb, growing at a 3.4 percent annual pace through 2013. Oftentimes the term “hydrogen economy” is associated with emerging energy and transportation technologies, but a new report from Freedonia, World Hydrogen, indicates the growth primarily is being driven by petroleum refining enterprises …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on March 10th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

[flash http://ceramics.org/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/marra_nuclear_mcare.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/marra_nuclear_mcare.jpg}] John Marra spoke at the Materials Challenges in Energy conference in February 2010 on new and emerging approaches to the thorny issue of managing nuclear wastes, and the fundamental changes that need to be made. Concerns about nuclear wastes have plagued nuclear power operators for decades and the Obama administration’s call …

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Business




Published on March 9th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Last August I wrote about the typical 50% waste created when wire saws are used to slice silicon ingots into PV-suitable wafers, and research being conducted in Germany to lower that waste. Now 1366 Technologies, according to a story and video by Technology Review’s Kevin Bullis, is saying it might be able eliminate all saw …

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