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Published on August 27th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

These color-enhanced scanning electron microscope images show nanosheets resembling tiny rose petals. The nanosheets are key components of a new type of biosensor that can detect minute concentrations of glucose in saliva, tears and urine. The technology might eventually help to eliminate or reduce the frequency of using pinpricks for diabetes testing. (See second story …

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Business




Published on August 27th, 2012 | By: Eileen De Guire

• A new £5.4 million white flint furnace is now fully operational at glass manufacturer, Beatson Clark, UK. The furnace has a capacity of 200 tons per day and gives the plant in Rotherham the same size melting area of 70.6 square meters as the previous furnace. However, an improved design will mean greater efficiency …

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Business




Published on August 27th, 2012 | By: P. Carlo Ratto

• A new £5.4 million white flint furnace is now fully operational at glass manufacturer, Beatson Clark, UK. The furnace has a capacity of 200 tons per day and gives the plant in Rotherham the same size melting area of 70.6 square meters as the previous furnace. However, an improved design will mean greater efficiency …

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Basic science




Published on August 24th, 2012 | By: Eileen De Guire

Fermilab physicist explains particle physics concepts using water as an example. Credit: YouTube. “That sounds like a job for a refractory,” I thought to myself when I came across the phys.org headline, “CERN physicists break record for hottest manmade material.” Not really, it turns out. The temperatures are too high—about 10 trillion °F (5.5 trillion …

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Business




Published on August 24th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Here is what we are hearing: MTC earns its stripes with revolutionary tube design Morgan Technical Ceramics is promoting its range of striped tubes for the defense sector with an innovative design, offering lower frequency and increased drive for applications where high acoustic transmitting properties are required. Ideal for a variety of defense uses, including anti-submarine …

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Business




Published on August 23rd, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The University of Manchester seems to still be striving to make the school an international materials research Mecca. Most recently, Manchester and BP jointly announced that the latter will provide £64 million ($100 million) over 10 years to the school to create a multi-institutional international research center to develop materials for energy and industrial applications. …

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Business




Published on August 23rd, 2012 | By: Eileen De Guire

A schematic view of the stepped structure of Mn-mullite for catalytic conversion of NOx diesel emissions. The red, purple and pale green represent oxygen, manganese and samarium, respectively. Credit: Cho; UTD. If you want a job done right, ask an oxide. At least, that is the approach that start-up Nanostellar (Redwood City, Calif.) is taking …

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ACerS news




Published on August 22nd, 2012 | By: Eileen De Guire

A packed plenary session from last year’s MS&T. This year’s conference focuses on the latest materials science and engineering—all part of gaining and keeping the competitive edge in tough economic times. Credit: ACerS. It looks like worry over the FY’13 budget is growing to a national scale. Since posting the previous story, the Washington Post published …

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ACerS news




Published on August 22nd, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Reldon Cooper. Credit: Du-Co Ceramics Co. We are sad to note that Reldon Cooper, a longtime member and corporate leader within The American Ceramic Society, has died at the age of 93. I most recently wrote about Cooper, cofounder of the Du-Co Ceramics Co., just a few weeks ago when he and his family gave …

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ACerS news




Published on August 22nd, 2012 | By: Eileen De Guire

A US House of Representatives Financial Services Committee, circa 2004. The current Congress is not going to finalize the FY’13 budget by the Oct. 1 start of the fiscal year because of a confluence of campaigning, lame duck session inertia and, most of all, fallout from last year’s Budget Control Act. Credit: Wikimedia. There’s a …

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