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Video: Extraterrestrial glass found in Africa questions theories of solar system’s creation

By Faye Oney / January 31, 2018

Scientists have discovered that glass stones found in Africa in 1996 consist of a mineral matrix and chemical element properties unlike anything in our solar system—leading them to question how our solar system originally formed.

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Revised composite materials handbook strives to standardize engineering of ceramic matrix composites

By April Gocha / December 20, 2017

A new and updated Composite Materials Handbook Volume 5: Ceramic Matrix Composites adds important data and reference materials for ceramic matrix composite materials, including sections describing ceramic matrix composite materials/processing, design/analysis guidelines, testing procedures, and data analysis and acceptance.  

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Video: Do you know all about perovskites?

By April Gocha / November 29, 2017

On earth, most perovskite structures are found within the planet’s mantle, and they’re found in high abundance—perovskites make up 93% of the lower mantle’s mass and 38% of earth’s total mass, according to a recent Science Magazine video.

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To infinity and beyond—This glass is going places after building world’s largest telescope

By April Gocha / November 10, 2017

The Giant Magellan Telescope, when completed and operational in 2023, will be the world’s largest telescope—but to build a giant, incredible telescope, you first need to build giant, incredible mirrors. And that process is currently underway at the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab at the University of Arizona.

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The solar eclipse: Effects on the grid, plus 10 pieces of eclipse trivia to impress your friends

By Faye Oney / August 18, 2017

Planning on watching the eclipse? Learn how it might affect the grid—plus some interesting geeky trivia to share with and impress your fellow eclipse watchers.

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Superior carbide surface may provide sufficient ultra-high temperature ceramic for hypersonic aircraft

By Faye Oney / July 18, 2017

Researchers have created a carbide material that outperforms conventional UHTCs. Their discovery could lead to new coatings on hypersonic aircraft that can withstand extreme temperatures at Mach 5 speeds.

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Video: Go inside GE Aviation’s jet manufacturing and testing facility

By April Gocha / May 31, 2017

Join former “MythBusters” host Adam Savage and “Innovation Nation” correspondent Alie Ward as they go inside GE Aviation’s testing facility in Peebles, Ohio, to see how the company’s jet engines are manufactured and tested.

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Patented process produces hydrogen on demand for fuel cell-powered aircraft

By Faye Oney / May 5, 2017

Airlines may soon be “going green.” Researchers at Technion Israel Institute of Technology have patented an eco-friendly process to produce hydrogen on demand and in air, offering up new potential for fuel cell-powered aircraft.

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Cultivating Mars colonization: 3-D printing method uses extraterrestrial soil to build biodegradable parts on site

By April Gocha / April 14, 2017

Researchers at Northwestern University have devised a technique to 3-D print soft rubber-like materials out of ink composed primarily of extraterrestrial soil. Using a biologically derived binder to hold the soil particles together, the team demonstrated that their unique method can 3-D print tools, building blocks, and other structures.

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Team develops damage-tolerant, fatigue-resistant, and biocompatible ceramic–metal composite

By April Gocha / April 11, 2017

Researchers at the Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid in Spain have developed a new zirconium dioxide–tantalum ceramic–metal composite, or biocermet, with an unprecedented combination of high toughness, strength, damage tolerance, and fatigue resistance.

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