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Published on November 19th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

We’ve received a lot of feedback questioning some of the science presented in this video. I forwarded some of the comments on to the producers and requested a response. I just received the following response from the lab at University of Nottingham: “[Professor Martyn Poliakoff] has been away in Africa but I’ll ask him to …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on November 19th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

In late June, Georgia Tech officials announced that they would begin to merge its materials science and engineering school with another engineering program covering polymer, textile and fibers. Because I know this blog has a number of GT alumni, faculty and student readers, I thought it would be good to pass on that to help …

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Biomaterials




Published on November 18th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Tuning the pores of a new type of glass film causes different colors, but adding a drop of waterturns them transparent. (Credit: Nature/Kevin Shopsowit.) A team at the University of British Columbia, led by Mark MacLachlan, says its the first group to make mesoporous chiral nematic structured silica films cast from a nanocrystalline cellulose template prepared from wood pulp. …

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Cement




Published on November 18th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Remains of Montana Hotel, Port-au-Prince. Credit: Joshua Lee Kelsey, USN. An ACerS Cements Division member tipped me off to an op-ed in the New York Times that appeared this summer that I (and probably many others) overlooked, but is still timely for many reasons. It It was written by three of the member’s colleagues at …

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Business




Published on November 17th, 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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Aeronautics & Space




Published on November 16th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Lunar mining may be in our not-so-distant future, as evidence of rare earth elements is clear, and China tightens its exports, increasing demand worldwide. “We know there are local concentrations of REE on the moon,” Carle Pieters, a planetary scientist in the Department of Geological Sciences at Brown University, and principal investigator for NASA’s Moon …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on November 16th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Audio versions (MP3) of the three plenary speakers at last month’s MS&T’10 conference are now available. We’ve broken them up into the individual presentations by Terry Michalske, Robert T. McGrath and Diran Apelian, plus a separate audio of the Q&A session that followed. The trio are introduced by ACerS President Marina Pascucci. Terry Michalske: “Energy, Climate …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on November 12th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

A recent piece in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences discusses geoengineering as a way to manipulate Earth’s climate in order to counteract global warming from greenhouse gas emissions. Using a method described as “enhanced weathering,” researchers claim that piles of chalk could be used to stabilize the climate. The chalk piles could, …

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Ceramic Tech Today




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

Meet the world of the guy who may chair the U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee [emphasis added].: The ranking member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and one of the men vying to be the next chair of the powerful panel when Republicans take over the House next year, [Texas Rep. …

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