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Biomaterials




Published on March 14th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

X-ray microtomograms of trabecular bone geometry across six orders of magnitude of animals’ body mass. (a) lesser dwarf shrew, (b) Arctic fox, (c) Przewlaski’s horse and (d) Asian elephant. Credit: M. Doube et al; Proc. R. Soc. B. There’s a significant contingent of ceramists and other materials scientists and engineers who use information about natural …

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Basic science




Published on March 14th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Credit: Corning Inc. My local NPR station’s broadcast of its Morning Edition show today carried a story (audio and print) about Corning’s Gorilla Glass. I’ve covered Gorilla Glass quite a bit in the past (and I’ve had the pleasure of introducing one of the GG’s engineering heads during the presentation of the ACerS Corporate Technical …

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Business




Published on March 10th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Here is what we are hearing: CoorsTek invests $3 million in EmiSense Technologies (pdf) EmiSense Technologies, LLC today announced it has closed its second round of funding. The investment round was led by corporate investor CoorsTek, and included company management. EmiSense will use the US$3M in new funding to expand product development and support validation …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on March 9th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

This video explains one route researchers at Pacific Northwest National Lab and Princeton are taking to create better materials for batteries: materials that assemble on their own into durable nanocomposites. Details are also provided about surfactants used in conjunction with tin oxide and functionalized graphene. The video features interviews with PNNL researcher Jun Liu and Princeton’s …

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Career




Published on March 9th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Credit: CEM; OSU. Ohio State University has issued a request for proposals for its 2011-2012 Materials Research Seed Grant Program. The offering is open to the “OSU materials community.” According to Nitin P. Padture, an OSU professor and founder of the school’s Center for Emergent Materials, these seed grant programs are designed to support new …

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Business




Published on March 9th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

  Blocks made with Novacem cement. Credit: Novacem A “green” material that has received growing press attention (at least online) in recent months is a product from Novacem that the company is billing as a “carbon negative cement.” The most recent stimulus for these stories is that in February, a New York-based consultancy group called …

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International




Published on March 7th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

While still a youngster by ACerS’ standards, the U.K.-based Institute for Refractories Engineers will mark its fifth decade of existence in November 2011. The IRE was launched in Dudley, England, in 1961. At the time, this West Midlands locale was a hub of the coal, limestone, iron, steel and glass industries, so of roots of …

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ACerS news




Published on March 4th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Do you like this blog? Do you already write about science? If you are an experienced science writer or reporter (with a credentialed background in one of the physical sciences or engineering) with strong understanding of digital and prepress publishing processes, we’d like to talk to you! The American Ceramic Society has an opening for …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on March 4th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

This falls into the better late than never category: The American Museum of Ceramic Art (better known as AMOCA) has had a great exhibition going since late January on the theme of advanced ceramic and science technology, “Ceramics for the New Millennium,” and has been organizing some additional programming around the exhibit (that runs through April 9th, 2011). …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on March 3rd, 2011 | By: David Flanagan

In his interview with MaterialsViews, Jaephil Cho talks about his work on new lithium battery anode and cathode materials at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology. Cho, who is affiliated with UNIST’s Interdisciplinary School of Green Energy, describes active coatings on nanoparticle surfaces that can reduce charging times, and using ordered porous silica …

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