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Published on March 4th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Does your research project need funding? Money may be available through the 2009 Technology Innovation Program, sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. NIST invites you to submit a “white paper” pitching your project.  Here’s how: Who is eligible? Small- or medium-sized businesses or joint ventures involving a private-sector firm coupled with an …

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Published on March 3rd, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Yale engineers are “shaping” the future of nanodevice manufacturing by developing nanoscale molds made from amorphous metals – a.k.a. bulk metallic glasses. Opening the door to mass nanofabrication processes, their work may also enable higher-density computer chips, faster microprocessors, better biosensors and more. Research is led by Jan Schroers, a professor of mechanical engineering in …

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Published on March 3rd, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Washington Post reports that Sen. Robert Menendez is blocking the nominations of the Obama administration’s two top science advisers, John Holdren and Jane Lubchenco. Holdren has been nominated to head up the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Lubchenco is to lead NOAA. The nominations of two of President Obama’s top science …

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Published on March 2nd, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

A University of Dayton research team – led by Liming Dai, UD’s Wright Brothers Institute endowed chair in nanomaterials – says it has developed a technique that makes carbon nanotubes a cheaper and better fuel cell catalyst than platinum. The Feb. 6th online edition of Science magazine reports on the team’s findings. Since that announcement, interviews with Dai – a …

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Published on February 23rd, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Via Gizmag, word comes of one Australian town that is to go solar powered, 24-hours a day. How is that possible? The technology used will ensure the 10 megawatt Cloncurry solar thermal power station will continue to generate electricity when the sun is not shining and will deliver about 30 million kilowatt hours of electricity …

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Published on February 20th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

. . . because, for better or worse, it works and is relatively durable, at least on the scale of lifetimes: The model-derived estimate of the “in-use” cement stocks in the United States is in the range of 4.2 to 4.4 billion metric tons (gigatonnes, Gt). This indicates that 82% to 87% of cement utilized …

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Published on February 19th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Pay attention to this: Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 18, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu will deliver the opening keynote address at the 2009 DOE-NARUC National Electricity Forum. In the address, Secretary Chu will outline the Administration’s commitment to modernizing the nation’s electricity distribution system through a “Smart Grid” that will create new jobs, save consumers money, …

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

[flash /ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/freescale_solar.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/freescale_solar.jpg}]   Via CNET’s Green Tech blog, we bring you a video about some nifty power conversion technology for photovoltaic applications that Freescale Semiconductor unveiled this week at the Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition. This is about high efficiency, ultra-low-voltage DC-to-DC converter technology. It enables IC startup thresholds to be reduced …

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Published on February 16th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

(the following is a guest post from Abdul-Majeed Azad, associate professor, chemical engineering, University of Toledo) As we know, the ultimate chemical fate of the conventional fossil fuel combustion is always CO2 and H2O, two well-known greenhouse gases responsible for contributing considerably to the global warming. In 2007 the global level of CO2 was 30 …

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

(corrected, courtesy of the comments from Dale Bentz, below) The “verdict” is in – engineers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology say they have developed a technique that promises to double the service life of concrete. The soon-to-be patented method is the result of a project called VERDiCT – Viscosity Enhancers Reducing Diffusion …

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