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Published on December 9th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

[flash http://ceramics.org/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/fischman_friedberg09.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/fischman_friedberg09.jpg}] Gary Fischman, director of National Academies’ boards dealing with Materials, Manufacturing and Infrastructure, was the 2009 Arthur L. Friedberg Memorial Lecturer at the recent ACerS Annual Meeting and MS&T’09 conference. Here is how he described the topics he covers in his lecture: “From the beginning of the 20th century to its …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on December 9th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

In a new paper published in the current edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a Stanford University research team reports on startlingly easy and inexpensive way to make a supercapacitor: Just brush an ink made of single wall carbon nanotubes and silver nanowires onto ordinary paper. The team, led by Yi …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on December 8th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

(Via Treehugger) Solarmer Energy has announced that the company has achieved a new certified-by-NREL record for efficiency with their plastic organic photovoltaic solar cells. Solarmer feels that their plastic OPV cells represent a new generation of solar cells that are flexible, transparent and less expensive to produce than silicon solar panels. Solarmer uses low cost …

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Business




Published on December 8th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Not in actual production, but Yanko Design is trying to stretch the possibilities with a new type of all-terrain vehicle for forest fire fighters to do recon and actual fire suppression: To create a homogenous directive towards survivability AMATOYA incorporates state-of-the-art clear aerogel laminated insulation in the windows and bodywork, a dedicated auxiliary water supply …

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Materials & Innovations




Published on December 7th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

My first introduction to flexagons, Richard Feynman, Martin Gardner, Scientific American magazine and topology happened when I was quite young and bedridden for a long time because of a sledding accident (“hey, is that a fence post I am heading for?”). My dad, a plastics engineer, had read about these interesting “toys” and made several …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on December 4th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Expect to see the DOE, the EPA and other federal agencies make some major announcements next week to coincide with the big Copenhagen conference. The DOE, for example, just issued a news advisory that it will be holding a news conference that will include a fascinating group that includes Secretary Chu, Under Secretary of Commerce …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on December 4th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

A Swiss adventurer said his first flight using a prototype of a solar-powered plane he will try to fly around the world in was successful, reports the Times Online. The short, low altitude flight at a Swiss airfield Thursday proved the prototype can fly, said adventurer Bertrand Piccard, pilot of the first hot-air balloon to …

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Business




Published on December 3rd, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Via Greentech Media, a recent report indicates that there has been a dramatic fall off in the spot market price of polysilicon, a development that may help continue to lower the price of solar panels. First, it can’t be emphasized enough that spot market pricing is much different than typical production-volume pricing. The spot market …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on December 2nd, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh reported that inorganic chemistry professor Charles Gibson received a nearly $150K grant from the National Science Foundation’s Small Business Technology Transfer program. $83,400 went to the university research project, while $66,600 went to Gibson’s startup company, Oshkosh Nanotechnology. Gibson is developing high-performance electrical energy storage devices with nanophase (i.e., grain sizes …

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