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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on August 17th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Desert Star Systems is developing a special self-powered “archival tag” – the SeaTag-GEO – to track fish under a NOAA funded project. The idea behind these tags is that researchers would tag a fish and release it. Later, hopefully, someone catches the fish, sees the tag and returns it to the researchers (there is a …

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Biomaterials




Published on August 17th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Engineers are getting craftier and craftier about making one material that is capable of more than one function, especially in the realm of nanomaterials. It can be a little difficult to exactly understand what this is all about, but the basic idea is that if you are going to all the trouble to try to …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on August 15th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Ohio, in general, is developing a reputation for having a fuel cell business corridor, and the Columbus-area NexTech Materials is one example. The company recently demonstrated what it claims to be a record-breaking solid oxide fuel cell. NexTech’s FlexCell, a 1200 cm2 400 watts-per-cell unit is said to be the largest production planar fuel cell. …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on August 14th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

A slight uptick in the number of DOE checks going out last week. NSF’s cash going out even slower. Regardless, it’s still like a trickle. . . Department of Energy (4.3% paid out): National Science Foundation (1.4% paid out): Source: Recovery.gov

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on August 14th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Lumenhaus is Virginia Tech’s zero-energy home that can be completely powered by the sun and geothermal energy. Other sustainable features include the use of passive energy systems, radiant heating and building materials made from renewable and/or recyclable sources. The College of Architecture and Urban Studies is entering the house in the U.S. Department of Energy’s …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on August 14th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Two recent stories illustrate how having a visual understanding of systems and processes can help researchers to explain and clarify the underlying science. The first story comes from the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, where researchers are using advanced microscopy techniques to observe real-time growth of single nanocrystals. Led by Interim Lab Director Paul Alivisatos and …

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Materials & Innovations




Published on August 13th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Scientists worldwide are probably hitting their heads wondering, “Why didn’t I think of this!” The idea for a simple new process came in a burst of inspiration: Can a camera flash instantly heat up graphite oxide and turn it into graphene? Researchers simply hold a consumer camera flash over the graphite oxide and, a flash …

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Medical




Published on August 13th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Technology Review reported that carbon nanotubes are at the heart of a new X-ray machine that is slated for clinical tests later this year at the University of North Carolina Hospitals. The machine has the potential perform much better than those used today for X-ray imaging and cancer therapy. It speeds up organ imaging, takes …

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Materials & Innovations




Published on August 13th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

An upcoming issue of ACerS’ International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology (available as an “Early View” paper, subscription required) will have an intriguing report from three researchers from the United Kingdom’s Imperial College and a colleague from Tectronics Ltd. regarding a process to render flue glass emissions into an environmentally safe form and, potentially, into …

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