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Published on September 24th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

A study released last Friday indicates that, despite popular perception, fossil fuels get the lion’s share of U.S. energy subsidies, and that much of those subsidies are going to aid non-U.S. oil production. The Environmental Law Institute, in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, reviewed fossil fuel and energy subsidies for Fiscal …

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Business




Published on September 24th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

That’s what supposed to occur for the nanophospate lithium-ion battery maker, although the exact dates for IPOs are often a little soft. Right now it looks like 9/23/ or 9/24. A123 first announced its intentions to go public last August. A123 Systems was one of the four battery making groups who each received a quarter-billion …

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Materials & Innovations




Published on September 23rd, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Researchers at NIST have produced a new reference material for beryllium. The rare-earth metal used as a hardener in high-performance alloys and ceramics can cause berylliosis — a chronic, incurable and sometimes fatal illness. The new reference material is expected to dramatically improve methods used to monitor workers’ exposure and aid in contamination control as …

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Biomaterials




Published on September 22nd, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Good news came yesterday to the Nano/Bio Interface Center at the University of Pennsylvania when it learned it won an $11.5 million grant from the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers of the National Science Foundation. According to a Penn release, “the grant will support multidisciplinary research at Penn designed to explore and control the function …

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Business




Published on September 22nd, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

The names of the 2009 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellows (the “genius” awards) were announced today, and I want to draw attention to two of the people on the list who are deep in new materials, John Rogers and Ted Zoli. Rogers, whom I first wrote about last October, is a professor …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on September 22nd, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

I just learned that Jose Zayas, manager of the wind energy technology program at Sandia National Laboratories, will be leading a tutorial session on materials and wind energy applications at next year’s Materials Challenges in Alternative Energy 2010, aka Energy2010, slated for Feb. 21-25, 2010 in Cocoa Beach, Fla. Zayas has been involved with a …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on September 22nd, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

FuelCell Energy Inc., a maker of fuel cells for institutional and utility applications, says it will be receiving about $1.9 million from the DOE to develop a part designed to improve fuel cell cost and performance. The funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will support the development of a microchannel high temperature recuperator …

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Biomaterials




Published on September 21st, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Jin-Ho Phark, an assistant professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, says he has figured out a way to make ceramic crowns adhere better for dental patients. Park used an x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy system to examine contaminants that clung to failed crown surfaces and found that plaster particles were interfering with …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on September 21st, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

  Glowing Pathfinder Bugs from our good friend squidie on Vimeo. In case you are curious, this project uses a Point Grey Bumblebee stereo camera to capture depth map information from the sandpit in real time. There is more on the technology behind the Glowing Pathfinder Bugs here. Now go get your week started! &nbsp

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