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Published on August 16th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Here’s what we are hearing: New process viscometer catalog from Brookfield Brookfield Engineering Laboratories is pleased to offer a brand new 24 page, full-color Process Control Viscometer Catalog. This catalog, specifically focused on measuring viscosity in-line, was created in response to the growing demand for process viscosity control solutions. In the first section of the …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on August 15th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

  Representation of Caltech team’s simulations of a 2.0 nm-diameter carbon nanotube, revealing confined water molecules. Credit: Tod Pascal, Caltech. A recent issue of PNAS had an intriguing article that discusses the interplay among carbon nanotubes, water molecules’ hydrogen bonding and entropy, and its worth noting that the Caltech researchers involved in this work say the result …

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Biomaterials




Published on August 15th, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

A bare-metal coronary stent. Credit: Frank C. Müller; Wikipedia Creative Commons license The 2010 Affordable Health Care Act includes a provision for a 2.3% excise tax to be levied against the revenues of medical device companies starting in 2013 regardless of whether the company generates a profit or not, which means companies could owe more …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on August 12th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Carbon-coated sand improves purification of drinking water Where’s the octopus? Yacht designers turn to Zircotec’s ceramic technology for durability & performance gains Poneman to lead interagency delegation to Brasília to launch the US–Brazil strategic energy dialogue Eye-pleasing energy reshapes power designs ‘Hybrid’ solar system proves cheaper than photovoltaics Japanese rare earth consumers set up shop …

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Aeronautics & Space




Published on August 12th, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

Artist’s rendition of DARPA’s Falcon HTV-2 hypersonic aircraft. Credit: DARPA. It’s not often that the latest issue of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society to hit the newsstands ties in with current events, but the August issue does. Yesterday DARPA conducted its second test flight of a hypersonic vehicle and, unfortunately, lost communication with …

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Cement




Published on August 10th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Seismic and plate tectonic setting of the Caribbean region. Credit: Eric Calais, Purdue Univ. Back in early January, I had a story about proposal from a Georgia Tech team of cements experts who had a remarkable pragmatic and inexpensive proposal for rebuilding Haiti: Recycle the concrete that is laying around in huge rubble mounds. (Their …

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Basic science




Published on August 9th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Here’s what we’re hearing: Corning prepares to again produce missile nosecones They called them Falcon, Hawk, Tartar, Sidewinder, Sparrow and Svenska. They were missiles that used one of Corning Inc.’s most successful defense products of the 1950s and 1960s: glass-ceramic radomes. The radomes, made of Corning’s proprietary Pyroceram materials, were nosecones that allowed missiles in …

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Aeronautics & Space




Published on August 9th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Credit: DTRA. We received the following from the DOD Basic and Applied Sciences Directorate, Defense Threat Reduction Agency: DTRA’s mission is to safeguard America and its allies from Weapons of Mass Destruction. The university-centric DTRA Basic Research Program supports basic science research within five Thrust Areas of relevance to DTRA, an essential ingredient of which is …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on August 9th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

A team led by Rice University professor Pulickel Ajayan has been experimenting with the property of graphite oxide to act as an ionic conductor when hydrated. One of the “tricks” they discovered is that they could use this property to make a sheet of GO into a working supercapacitor by writing patterns into it with a …

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