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Published on November 8th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Check ’em out: How to increase the data storage density of HDDs: Just add salt A team of researchers from Singapore has moved the goalposts yet again and shown that traditional hard disk drives still have some life in them by developing a process that can increase the data recording density of HDDs to six …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on November 8th, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

Southern Company, a Georgia utility, is building a new nuclear power plant with the help of a federal loan guarantee. However, the Solyndra experience is making politicians skittish about extending loan guarantees for future nuclear plant startups. Credit: Southern Company CTT’s Peter Wray has been following the Solyndra calamity since it started to develop last …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on November 7th, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

I Pyreheliometers are pointed toward the sun for their yearly calibrationat NREL. Accurate measurement of solar energy is needed for due diligence of photovoltaic installations. Credit: NREL. If you have one, you probably were at the 16th annual convening of the NREL Pyrheliometer Comparisons in October in Golden, Colo. If you don’t have one, it …

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Basic science




Published on November 7th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Sir Alastair Pilkington. Credit: SGT. The Society of Glass Technology announced that it is beginning an “early career” biennial £1000 award (about $1,600) to promote creativity and excellence in studies related to glass. SGT says the award will be named the Alastair Pilkington Award in honor of the man best known for his invention of …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on November 4th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Kristin Persson is one of the experts behind the Materials Project, the new computational tool aimed at taking the guesswork out of new materials discoveries. Credit: Roy Kaltschmidt, LBL. Right after I wrote my first post on the availability of the new Materials Project computation-database-search toolkit, I belatedly learned that the National Energy Research Scientific …

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Business




Published on November 4th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Here’s what we are hearing (some information based on news releases): Sandia National Labs presents H.C. Starck with supplier award H.C. Starck was honored with the Oro “Gold” Award at the Annual Sandia National Laboratories Supplier Conference held Oct. 5, 2011 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. H.C. Starck was one of 15 manufacturing companies, out of …

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Basic science




Published on November 3rd, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

      The details on this are a little skimpy at this point, however the DOE caught my attention this afternoon when it announced that a “first-of-its-kind” online search tool for materials researchers is now available, especially because the agency is going as far as saying it will operate “like a ‘Google’ of materials …

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Basic science




Published on November 3rd, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

Flat windows chop up the smooth contours of this Gehry-designed health center. Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany have developed an economical process for bending large sheets of glass. Credit: Wikipedia. The southern elevation of architect Frank Gehry’s design for the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nev., rises and swells …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on November 2nd, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

Professor Zhu of Queensland University of Technology shows jars of sodium titanate nanofibers and nanotubes that pull radioactive cesium and iodine isotopes from contaminated water by ion exchange. Credit: QUT The release of radioactive materials after the recent tsunami destruction of the Fukshima-Dai nuclear power plant has reignited public awareness to the problem of capturing …

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Business




Published on November 1st, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Noble laureates Novoselov and Geim, left, along with Nancy Rothwell, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Manchester, meet with UK Science Minister David Willetts and Osborne to discuss plans for a new graphene-based R&D hub to be located at the school. Credit: Univ. of Manchester. In early October, the United Kingdom’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George …

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