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Basic science




Published on August 25th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Check ’em out: Powerful DOE-developed X-ray technology helps develop promising new drug treatment for melanoma UK study shows radical response to volatile material prices Ford, Toyota announce telematics, hybrid collaboration New computer chip modeled on a living brain can learn and remember 7 ways to give solar market a big bounce Commission approved Apple’s plans …

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Business




Published on August 25th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Large-format lithium-ion battery displayed at 2010 Paris Motor Show. Credit: Dow Kokam. Coincidentally, there is another news item out of Oak Ridge National Lab, this one regarding a new $5.5 million pact between Dow Kokam and ORNL “to develop and commercialize advanced lithium-ion batteries” that is being touted as an example of the new Advanced …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on August 25th, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

Electrochemical strain microscopy images ion mobility. The overlay shows electrochemical activity of platinum nanoparticles on a yttria-stabilized zirconia surface, showing ionic activity along the triple phase boundaries. Credit: ORNL My favorite part of the TV hospital drama, House, is the beginning when the failure occurs. The show opens with the patient-of-the-week doing normal stuff and …

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ACerS news




Published on August 25th, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

2005 Poinsettia Bowl: The U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen position themselves defensively in preparation for a play by the Colorado State Rams. Credit: Journalist 2nd Class Zack Baddorf; from Wikipedia I spent most autumn Saturdays between 2003 and 2006 watching college football on TV. Specifically, the University of Notre Dame games on NBC. The reason was simple—a …

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Basic science




Published on August 24th, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

Open vistas characterize the just-renovated headquarters of ASM International in Novelty, Ohio. The glass-sheathed, semicircular building was built in 1959. Apple proposes to build a much larger circular, glass-sheathed building to house 13,000 employees at its Cupertino, Calif. campus. Credit: ASM International In mid-June we reported on Apple’s plans to build a new donut-shape headquarters …

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Business




Published on August 23rd, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Alfa Aesar launches mobile website for easy access to product information Alfa Aesar, a Johnson Matthey Company, announced the launch of a new mobile website designed specifically for use on smart phones. The site allows users to quickly and easily access Alfa Aesar’s detailed product specifications using mobile platforms. The site has been optimized globally …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on August 23rd, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The Army Research Office’s Synthesis and Processing program is seeking white papers on the topic of the creation of superior structural materials through creative combinations of 1) microstructure engineering in extreme yet precise conditions to obtain novel and far-from-equilibrium microstructures; 2) advanced microscopy, probes and other characterization tools; and 3) integrated computational materials engineering. Although somewhat with …

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Aeronautics & Space




Published on August 22nd, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

I used to imagine a lot of the bio-inspired ideas, such as flying maple seed pods (above) and artificial jellyfish arose on Thursday or Friday afternoons around happy hour time by brain-fried engineers. You know: It’s easy to imagine sensor, battery, propulsion and aeronautics wonks knocking down a few IPAs and hatching a new scheme …

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Characterization




Published on August 22nd, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

Polarized confocal Raman spectroscopy can be used to observe in situ ferroelastic switching of ceria-stabilized zirconia. Credit: Bolon and Gentleman; JACerS GPS is a great tool. It can guide you turn-by-turn to your city’s shopping mall. It is, in fact, an “in situ” device and observes your location in real time. Once there, however, you …

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Basic science




Published on August 19th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Optical vortex generated using a radial polarization converter. Credit: Altechna; Kazansky et al., University of Southampton. Back in May, University of Southampton researchers published a short paper in Applied Physics Letters regarding how they used novel microscopy-based optical polarization techniques to turn nanostructured silica glass into a new type of relatively inexpensive, data-dense, stable computer memory. Now, …

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