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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on March 18th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

[flash /ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/iotv_vest.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/iotv_vest.jpg}] One of the most prevelant forms of ceramic armor currently in use by the United States military is the IOTV. It went into large-scale use by the Marines in 2007 (nee, the MTV), and his since been relatively popular, as personal armor goes. It is lighter than the older Interceptor body …

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Military




Published on March 18th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Makers of various personal ceramic armor systems are taking note of a new development coming out of the Pentagon. At a March 12 media briefing, the Army announced what amounts to a review of the equipment worn by soldiers, especially in the area of development, procurement, fielding the gear. “Synchronization” seems to be the key …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on March 18th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

[flash /ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/oobleck_explained.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/oobleck_explained.jpg}] The staff at Science Friday, too, senses the masses growing interest in all things oobleck and is shamelessly trying to ignore this blogs leadership efforts and elbow us out of the way. SciFri does trump us by getting two experts, University of Michigan’s Robert Deegan and University of Texas’ Harry Swinney, …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on March 17th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

London’s Science Museum has a great new exhibit – Fast Forward: 20 ways F1 is changing our world. The “F1″ reference is, of course, to auto racing, which has always been a testing ground of sorts for cutting edge materials and applications. The show has lots of examples of how F1 carbon composites are being …

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Biomaterials




Published on March 16th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Organizers have announced that, due to high demand, the submission deadline for Materials Science & Technology 2009 Conference & Exhibition, slated for Oct. 25-29 in Pittsburgh, has been extended to March 31. MS&T is the leading forum in the United States addressing structure, properties, processing and performance across the materials community. Potential presenters are asked …

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Career




Published on March 16th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

The Commerce Science and Technology Fellowship program, now managed by NIST, was established in 1964 give senior federal employees a look behind the scenes of science and technology policy-making and management in Washington, and at the highest levels of industry and academia. Those selected for the program get to study the national and international issues …

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Biomaterials




Published on March 16th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Apropos to the new MS&T symposium on materials and the effects of electric and magnetic fields, I received a notice that there will be a paper presented tomorrow (March 17) at the annual meeting of the American Physical Society the explores possible routes for improving bone growth, grafts and implants, and looks at the role …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on March 15th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Is this still the 1990s? I am no expert on concrete, but is it true that major highway departments still typically manually count air voids in concrete, as this story seems to indicate? “They look at 1,300 points across the surface and count the number of entrained and entrapped voids,” she said. “It is a …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on March 14th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

While this isn’t a particularly new revelation, the New York Times has a new piece that provides a good overview of how the wide adoption of feed-in tariffs is providing an effective incentive for home owners to invest in solar, wind and other renewable energy sources. In brief, feed-in tariffs require utility companies to purchase …

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