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

Architects and engineers working at Armstrong American State University in Savannah, Ga., have installed an aesthetically pleasing ceramic water-cooling tower for the school’s student Union and Memorial College Center that they say will provide heating, ventilation and air conditioning for decades. The basic technology behind this system is fairly low tech: Water is sprayed over …

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

The DOE just release the names of the 20 teams (some from multiple schools) who will be competing in next year’s Solar Decathlon that will take place in Washington, D.C., in the fall 2011. Every two year, selected teams get an opportunity display some remarkable approaches to energy-efficient construction, appliances and use of novel materials. …

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

Those engineering electronic devices always have had to factor in the use of special materials that can conduct heat away from crucial components. Bulk copper’s thermal conductivity is pretty good at around 400 watts per meter per kelvin, but this ability decreases as the copper approaches film-size dimensions. Diamond has long been known to have …

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

According to a State of Ohio press release, the Ohio Department of Transportation is partnering with the University of Toledo to create the state’s first large scale “solar highway.” ODOT will invest $1.5 million in federal funds to install and study a solar array along Interstate 280 right of way near Toledo that will be …

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

I just came across an interesting article from Nuclear Engineering International magazine from January indicating that China has broken ground and moving forward quickly on an experimental 65 MW fast-neutron nuclear reactor. The goal of the $350 million China Experimental Fast Reactor is to test and “accumulate experience on fast reactor design, construction and operation.” …

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

[flash http://ceramics.org/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/jim_marra_wastes.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/jim_marra_wastes.jpg}] Jim Marra, an advisory engineer in the Materials Science and Technology Directorate of the Savannah River National Lab, is an expert on using ceramic and glass materials to convert extremely dangerous Cold War era liquid nuclear wastes to a solid form that can last for thousands of years. Untreated wastes typically …

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Published on April 13th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The New York Times reported that researchers have proposed connecting wind farms with underground transmission lines in order to keep wind power supply stable. Intermittency of wind generated power is a problem, since the turbines stop when the wind isn’t blowing. By connecting wind farms that lie along the Eastern Seaboard, the overall output would …

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

Friday, April 16, is the last day to take advantage of the $100 early-registration for one of the top glass and optical materials conferences going on in the world in 2010. ACerS’ Glass & Optical Materials Division has organized a great program for May 16-20 in Corning, N.Y., that promises to cover all the best …

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

According to a news release from the University of Arkansas, researchers have discovered a new phase in ferroelectric nanowires that could be manipulated for electronic devices. The group, that included collaborators from UA, École Centrale Paris, the University of South Florida the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, used a combination of experiments and computational approaches …

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