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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on December 15th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

A DOE press release tells me, “Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will hold a news media teleconference tomorrow, Thursday, December 16, 2010 to make a major announcement regarding renewable energy development on public lands in the West.” &nbsp

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on December 14th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The Lawrence Berkeley National Lab this summer hosted a brilliant lecture series enthusiastically called “Carbon Smackdown,” which, as illustrated by the cool poster, is based on the idea of Berkeley Lab fighting to defeat CO. The Smackdown series offers a chance for LBL researchers to highlight their work and address emerging information (and misinformation). In …

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Materials & Innovations




Published on December 14th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

At the end of each day, I end up with a list of stories I started to write about, or started to investigate or didn’t even get that far even though the topic looked intriguing, but, I had a meeting to go to … Rather than have these stories evaporate into the ether, here are …

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Business




Published on December 14th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Last month we had a story about Saint-Gobain Glass’s $80 million investment in Sage Electrochromics. Today, another electrochromic window maker, Soladigm, announced via press release that it had received $30 million in new investments from some heavy hitters, such as GE Energy Financial Services. Soladigm apparently has been in GE sights for some time, and …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on December 10th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

[flash http://ceramics.org/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/lithium_ion_nanowire.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/lithium_ion_nanowire.jpg}] Some lithium ion batteries are plagued with, well, physical problems. Some of the mechanical effects are manifest as batteries that get very hot. Others swell, especially when overcharged, as has been noted by many authors (see here, for example). But seldom has the physical effects of lithium ion movement been demonstrated …

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Cement




Published on December 10th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

a) Digital image correlation showing the recovery strain due to the shape memory effect around the crack location.b) Schematic of complete flow for the combination of active toughening with active healing. Credit Garcia, Lin and Sodano; AIP. Researchers out of the Multiscale Adaptive Sensors and Structures Lab at Arizona State University have developed an interesting …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on December 8th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Credit: Mans Tham. In a post today on Wired.com, Swedish architect Mans Tham’s shares his ideas on transforming the Santa Monica Freeway into a true solar highway, which he refers to as “Serpents in Paradise.” According to Tham, the I-10 expressway in California should be covered in photovoltaic cells that power the region. This above-ground …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on December 7th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

  After denting the zinc oxide nanobelt with an AFM tip, electric current helped the nanobelts heal and regain much of their function. (Credit: Nano Letters) Xiaodong Li at the University of South Carolina in Columbia and his team of researchers found that applying electric current to zinc oxide nanobelts enable them to “self-heal” from …

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Materials & Innovations




Published on December 7th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The perfect gift for your favorite lab rat: the science cookie cutter collection — and just in time for the holiday baking season. In the set you get cutters for a test tube, a beaker, a flask and an atom, designed by Sherry Marshall who studied physics before embarking on a master’s in chemistry. She …

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Business




Published on December 7th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Third Way and the Idaho National Lab have been holding a “New Millennium Nuclear Energy Summit” this morning in Washington, DC. According to a press release, the meeting is aimed at generating some needed momentum: “Despite the deep divisions in Washington over energy issues, many on both sides agree that nuclear energy must  play a role in the nation’s energy and economic future. The summit will provide a forum to start developing  broader consensus on the future of nuclear energy in the United States and determining the steps needed to  revive the nation’s nuclear energy industry.” INL says the idea for the summit came from conversations between retiring Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio), …

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