Basic science

Other materials stories that may be of interest

By / September 9, 2011

Investigators at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have created strange optical effects, including corkscrew-like vortex beams, by reflecting light off a flat, nanostructured surface. Credit: Nanfang Yu, SEAS. Check ’em out: How Apple could revolutionize solar Flight time of Stalker small UAS quadrupled to 8 hours with ruggedized propane SOFC From a flat…

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MAX exfoliation: Surprisingly simple method to make 2D graphene-like carbides

By Eileen De Guire / September 6, 2011

SEM image of Ti3C2 synthesized by exfoliation of Ti3AlC2 with hydrofluoric acid. Credit: Babak Anasori, Drexel University Graphene, a two-dimensional sheet of carbon, has been the subject of much research since it was discovered in 2004. Its basic properties are fairly well documented, and papers are appearing about possible applications, for example, as supercapacitor electrodes…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By / September 2, 2011

Check ’em out: NIST: Iron ‘veins’ are secret of promising new hydrogen storage material With plutonium-238 supplies running low, the race is on to find new power sources for spacecraft Construction of US’s first large-scale industrial carbon capture and storage facility begins Dynamic windows improve efficiency, human experience in buildings India’s government plans to step…

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ICG annual meeting provides insights into Asian glass trends

By / August 26, 2011

ICG President-Elect addresses attendees at the annual meeting in Shenzhen. Credit: ICG. I am a little behind in my reading, but earlier this year International Commission on Glass held its annual meeting in Shenzhen, China, and the post-meeting release contained some information I found interesting. First, it is worth noting that the meeting had the…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By / August 25, 2011

Check ’em out: Powerful DOE-developed X-ray technology helps develop promising new drug treatment for melanoma UK study shows radical response to volatile material prices Ford, Toyota announce telematics, hybrid collaboration New computer chip modeled on a living brain can learn and remember 7 ways to give solar market a big bounce Commission approved Apple’s plans…

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Back from the Future: Update on Apple and ASM HQ buildings

By Eileen De Guire / August 24, 2011

Open vistas characterize the just-renovated headquarters of ASM International in Novelty, Ohio. The glass-sheathed, semicircular building was built in 1959. Apple proposes to build a much larger circular, glass-sheathed building to house 13,000 employees at its Cupertino, Calif. campus. Credit: ASM International In mid-June we reported on Apple’s plans to build a new donut-shape headquarters…

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Table-top particle accelerators & long-lived data storage from nanostructured glass

By / August 19, 2011

Optical vortex generated using a radial polarization converter. Credit: Altechna; Kazansky et al., University of Southampton. Back in May, University of Southampton researchers published a short paper in Applied Physics Letters regarding how they used novel microscopy-based optical polarization techniques to turn nanostructured silica glass into a new type of relatively inexpensive, data-dense, stable computer memory. Now,…

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Video of the week: Stronger than steel—the evolution of glass

By / August 16, 2011

Credit: MSNBC; Corning Inc. The video below is a recent production of MSNBC’s Future of Technology series. It covers both familiar ground, such as the glass cubes that project out from Chicago’s Willis (nee Sears) Tower, Apple’s proposed new headquarters and Gorilla Glass, as well as some new territory regarding Corning’s unconfirmed plans to introduce…

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / August 9, 2011

Here’s what we’re hearing: Corning prepares to again produce missile nosecones They called them Falcon, Hawk, Tartar, Sidewinder, Sparrow and Svenska. They were missiles that used one of Corning Inc.’s most successful defense products of the 1950s and 1960s: glass-ceramic radomes. The radomes, made of Corning’s proprietary Pyroceram materials, were nosecones that allowed missiles in…

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NSF to leverage Materials Genome to reduce lab-to-product timeline; announces AIR awards

By Eileen De Guire / August 1, 2011

NSF programs supporting translational research represented along the linear innovation continuum, prior to the introduction of the AIR and new I-Corps programs (circa August 2010). Credit: NSF. Serving as midwife for the research to commercial transition is a familiar role for the National Science Foundation. In an earlier post, I discussed NSF’s new I-Corps initiation,…

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