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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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Ceramic Tech Today




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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Biomaterials




Published on January 7th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

[flash /ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/jain_bioceramics.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/jain_bioceramics.jpg}] Lehigh University professor Himanshu Jain discusses the school’s work to lead an international effort to develop biocompatible, dually porous glass that helps damaged human bone to regenerate. Jain, who teaches in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was the subject of another post we did about a week ago concerning …

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Materials & Innovations




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

Although it sounds like the fight my spouse and I have about what happened to the blankets last night, an old pushing-versus-pulling debate is flaring up because of some work (including video evidence – see below) by Chinese researchers recently published in the recent issue of the Physical Review Letters that seems to go a …

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Policy




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

One has to critically read (if not read between the lines) a report written to the incoming President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology from leaders of the outgoing panel. AAAS has started to tweeze out some of the nuances of the report and one of their staffers interviewed soon-to-be-former co-chair E. Floyd Kvamme. …

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Ceramic Tech Today




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

Everyone else is doing their “tops” list for last year, so who are we to go against the herd? #5 – Aerogel – Solid smoke! — #4 – Nanotube Audio Speakers – what stretches, is nearly invisible and can be worn? — #3 – Chu, scientist and Nobel laureate, tapped for DOE head – Chu’s …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on December 31st, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

[flash /ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/hightemp_superconductivity.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/hightemp_superconductivity.jpg}]   Peter Johnson from the Brookhaven National lab explains the basics of high temperature superconductivity and why it can make a profound impact on energy usage and transmission. Yes – it ends somewhat abruptly

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Policy




Published on December 30th, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

There is a tremendous opportunity for a one-year fellowship for a materials scientist, engineer or researcher with an interest in federal public policy. The Materials Societies Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship offers a one-year appointment beginning Sept. 1, 2009 in which the selected individual serves as a special legislative assistant on the staff of a …

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Biomaterials




Published on December 30th, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Dec. 31 is the final day to save $100 on the registration fee for the 33rd International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites. The meeting is slated for Jan. 18-23, 2009, at the Hilton Daytona Beach Resort & Ocean Center, Daytona Beach, FL USA. This is one of the top ceramics meetings in …

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