Global Green New Deal

By RussJordan / June 18, 2009

The United Nations Environment Programme has published a policy brief titled, “Global Green New Deal.” UNEP argues that the multiple crises that we currently face can be compared with those faced by FDR when he launched his “New Deal” in the face of the Great Depression. FDR’s New Deal included a series of wide-ranging programs to provide employment and…

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Do you want cheese and seaweed with your AeroClay?

By RussJordan / June 7, 2009

The sustainability of a product often is found in applications not originally considered. A case in point is AeroClay, a product developed by Case Western Reserve University professor David Schiraldi. AeroClay is a patented foamlike and environmentally friendly clay-based polymer. AeroClay materials feel and act like foam, without injection of gas bubbles or environmentally unfriendly CFCs. The…

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There could be a virus in your battery

By RussJordan / June 7, 2009

But don’t worry. It is a common bacteriophage. It can infect bacteria but is harmless to humans. You might find this virus someday in the battery of your plug-in hybrid car. What has happened is that MIT researchers now can genetically engineer viruses to build the anodes and cathodes of a lithium-ion battery. These batteries…

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Heat transfer and bond strength linked

By RussJordan / May 27, 2009

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute tell us of a discovery that might lead to new systems for cooling and displacing heat from computer chips, a critical issue in the semiconductor industry. The RPI researchers say they have linked heat transfer and bond strength of materials. Their study is based on the idea that the speed…

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Carbon nanotubes used to detect color

By RussJordan / May 26, 2009

Research being conducted at Sandia National Lab might eventually be applied to an optical detector with nanometer-scale resolution, ultra-tiny digital cameras, solar cells with more light absorption capability and a better device for genome sequencing. However, the near-term purpose of the research is basic science. The Sandia researchers report they have created the first carbon…

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MIT calls graphene a “material for all seasons”

By RussJordan / May 21, 2009

A recent article in MIT Tech Talk describes aspects of several exciting graphene research projects at MIT. A successor to silicon? Graphene could become the successor to silicon in a new generation of microchips because of its unique electrical characteristics. Graphene could surmount the basic physical constraints that limit further development of smaller, faster chips.…

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No mistake at the lake: Cleveland transit bus to run on Erie’s water

By RussJordan / May 20, 2009

    Have you heard the joke about running a bus with water from Lake Erie? Well, it’s no laughing matter these days. In fact, it’s scheduled to happen about a year from now. NASA’s Glenn Research Center actually plans to pump water from the Cleveland shore of Lake Erie and harvest its hydrogen to…

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Are CFLs already obsolete?

By RussJordan / May 19, 2009

Warner Philips, founder of Lemnis Lighting Co. in The Netherlands, claims “CFLs are officially an outdated technology. You can’t recycle CFLs. You can’t get a fully dimmable product. That should make them obsolete.” This is quite a statement, considering compact fluorescent lamps are just now beginning to replace incandescent lamps. Philips makes this bold statement…

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Top “Pipeline Power” schools

By RussJordan / May 14, 2009

If you do a Google search of “top ten,” you get more than 90 million hits – from David Letterman, to New Year’s resolutions, to urinals (which is another ceramics story). The list I want to share with you here deals with the patent strength and research prowess of U.S. universities. I suppose there are…

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Heat transfer and bond strength of materials linked

By RussJordan / May 1, 2009

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute believe that the speed at which heat moves between two materials that touch one another indicates the strength of the bond between them. Moreover, they believe that flow of heat from one material to the other – in their case, between one solid and one liquid – can be altered…

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