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Published on March 17th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

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: pwray@ceramics.org

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: pwray@ceramics.org

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: pwray@ceramics.org

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: pwray@ceramics.org

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: pwray@ceramics.org

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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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on March 13th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

(Link to Science Friday interview added, below.) An MIT group led by Gerbrand Ceder says it knows how to build a battery that be could recharged in seconds instead of hours. Their battery would also be capable of rapid discharge, and act much like a capacitor. Their work is reported in Nature and the MIT …

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Policy




Published on March 13th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

According to the New York Times, they still have to be confirmed by the full Senate, but the Commerce, Science and Transportation subcommittee on Thursday signed off on John Holdren and Jane Lubchenco. Apparently the senator(s) behind the mysterious “holds” that held up their nominations either got what he or she wanted, or gave up. …

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Biomaterials




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

Tuscon-based Advanced Ceramics Research has been akin to co-joined twins, one side of company focusing on bioceramic applications and the other producing unmanned aerial vehicles. Now it looks like the twins are getting separated. Today, BAE Systems, a long-time defense contractor, announced it would be acquiring ACR’s UAV business. Without knowing the details, its hard …

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Ceramic Tech Today




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

In recent years, the Materials Science & Technology conference has become the broadest materials-oriented meeting in the United States. The 2009 MS&T conference – to be held Oct. 25-29 in Pittsburgh – will feature a novel symposium organized by Rishi Raj, with assistance from Rustum Roy and Dinesh Agrawal. Guest blogger Raj provides the following …

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