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Published on May 6th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Marra The ACerS Glass and Optical Materials Division is holding its annual meeting May 15-19 in Savannah, Ga., and I just learned that nuclear energy materials expert John Marra has agreed to do a special and timely presentation about Japan’s nuclear power accident at the conference dinner May 17. Marra, the chief research officer of …

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ACerS news




Published on May 5th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Getting a sneak preview of the displays at the soon-to-be dedicated Inamori Kyocera Museum of Fine Ceramics are Kate Wilkins and Susan Kowalczyk. Credit: Alfred Univ. Recently I’ve covered a few stories related to exhibitions on technical ceramics (e.g., here and here), but these have been about exhibits that are part of much larger ceramic …

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Business




Published on April 29th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Union Process manufactures dry grinding attritor for ceramics Union Process Inc., known globally as a manufacturer of size reduction and dispersing equipment for a broad range of industrial applications, has built a specially designed attritor for a European customer that manufactures raw materials for the ceramic industry. The attritor features CE certification and is powered by …

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Oil drilling, earnings boost Carbo Ceramics stock 15%

Investor’s Business Daily reports that there’s nothing quite like being the dominant supplier of a scarce product that’s essential to a rapidly growing industry. That’s the privileged status of Carbo Ceramics. Houston-based Carbo produces ceramic proppant, a key ingredient in the secret sauce concoctions used by drillers to crack underground rock and free trapped oil and gas. Energy outfits are racing head over heels to drill new wells across North America with hydraulic fracturing technology. And Carbo’s ceramic proppant is a high-end ingredient in their fracking cocktails.

Asylum Research’s Cypher AFM achieves point defect atomic resolution in liquids

Asylum Research announced that it Cypher AFM is routinely achieving resolution of atomic-scale point defects in liquid. While scanning tunneling microscopes have routinely demonstrated point defect resolution since their invention, this gold standard of true atomic resolution has been more elusive in AFM.

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Basic science




Published on April 28th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

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Basic science




Published on April 28th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

NIST measurements show that interactions of the graphene layers with the insulating substrate material causes electrons (red, down arrow) and electron holes (blue, up arrow) to collect in “puddles”. The differing charge densities creates the random pattern of alternating dipoles and electron band gaps that vary across the layers. Credit: NIST NIST’s latest Tech Beat …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on April 27th, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

An atomic-scale depiction of the SketchSET shows three wires (green bars) converging on the central island (center green area), which can house up to two electrons. Electrons tunnel from one wire to another through the island. Conditions on the third wire can result in distinct conductive properties. Credit: Jeremy Levy, Univ. of Pittsburgh. Good news, …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on April 25th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

NASA’s image of the Morenci open-pit copper mine in southeast Arizona, North America’s leading producer of copper. Phelps Dodge employs over 200 people in the mining and refining operations. This ASTER image uses shortwavelength infrared bands to highlight in bright pink the altered rocks in the Morenci pit associated with copper mineralization. Credit: NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and …

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Basic science




Published on April 22nd, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Check ’em out: Toyota Announces finalists in ‘Ideas For Good’ challenge ‘Solar group buy’ program launched in California Novel bulk metallic glass nanowires boost fuel cell efficiency NC State researchers develop material to remove radioactive contaminants from drinking water Fiber-optic laser-based system brings rifle sights into the 21st century

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Business




Published on April 22nd, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Credit: McIlvaine Company. (h/t to GlobalSpec) Not unpredictably, Japan’s ongoing nuclear problems are going to reshape how nations allocate their future energy investments, and a new report from McIlvaine Company estimates that $200 billion will be retargeted to fossil and renewable energies. McIlvaine, a market research company, says China and India, in particular, are likely to …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on April 22nd, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

A microchip with a nanosensor array (orange squares) is shown with a different protein (various colors) attached to each sensor. Four proteins of a potential medication (blue Y-shapes), with magnetic nanotags attached (grey spheres), have been added. One medication protein is shown binding with a protein on a nanosensor. Credit: Richard Gaster. Stanford University researchers …

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