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Published on January 21st, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

A key passage from President Obama’s address   For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act — not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on January 21st, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

[flash /ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/cloaking_concepts.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/cloaking_concepts.jpg}]   Several research teams are actively pursuing cloaking/invisibility concepts. One of the prominent groups is at Duke University and the other is at University of California, Berkeley. The Berkeley team uses a crafted nano-prism of metamaterial atoms that has a negative refractive index for light of near-infrared wavelengths. The Duke team …

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International




Published on January 18th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Just learned that ACerS member and Imperial College (U.K.) professor Aldo R. Boccaccini, has been appointed to be the scientific international advisor to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Argentina (his homeland). He will advise in topics of international scientific cooperation between Argentina and the European Union. Boccaccini is an expert in materials …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on January 18th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Back when “Ceramic Tech Weekly” was still just a newsletter (waaay back in mid-2008), I wrote several stories (see here and here) about the emerging technologies related to what is often referred to as “invisibility,” a.k.a., “cloaking” (hello Trekkies). Of course, there is a certain tendency to treat this as something of a novelty. But …

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Published on January 15th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The American Ceramic Society is seeking proposals from experts with the ability to develop and teach two-day (or more) short courses that focus on foundational topics in ceramic materials engineering and business. Proposals for a short course should be prepared with a target of professionals working with ceramic materials and technologies in the corporate sector, …

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Published on January 15th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Kudos to Akio Ikesue and Yan Lin Aung for their recent article in Nature Photonics. Ikesue (bias confession: he is an ACerS member) and Yan report on recent developments in the field. From their summary: The opaque and translucent cement and clay often used in tableware are not appropriate for optical applications because of the …

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Published on January 14th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Today’s videos are something of an introduction to ceramic armor. The first video uses the suit worn in the most recent Batman movie (The Dark Knight) as a jumping off point for explaining the production and composition of ceramic armor plates manufactured by Ceradyne, one of the leading advanced technical ceramics, for military and police …

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Published on January 12th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

A cool idea for solar-powered cold-storage is about to make refrigeration a lot more affordable, practical and environmentally friendly in off-the-grid and partially-electrified areas of the world. Birth of a ‘cool’ concept The system is an energy-efficient hybrid refrigerator that combines conventional compressor-created cold air with clean, quiet cooling generated by thermoelectric technology and photovoltaic solar …

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International




Published on January 9th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Air Force researchers are investigating ways to boost the performance of aerospace mirrors, while cutting in half the cost and time required to manufacture them. No wonder! It takes about two years and nearly one million dollars to produce a one-meter, lightweight glass aerospace mirror, according to the AF Research Lab’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate. …

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Published on January 8th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created a micro-scale “flexible charge pump” that produces alternating current by utilizing the piezoelectric properties of cyclically stretched and released zinc oxide wires. “The flexible charge pump offers yet another option for converting mechanical energy into electrical energy,” says project leader Zhong-Lin Wang, director of GIT’s Center …

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