Basic science

Nonvolatile phase-change memory devices are three steps closer to reality

By Eileen De Guire / July 8, 2011

IBM Research chart compares memory technologies. Credit: IBM Research Two new studies serve as bookend demonstrations of the near-term potential for phase-change memory materials for use as nonvolatile data storage devices, and the long-term potential for these materials to change fundamentally what a computer memory is. A third study just out considers the efficiency of…

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Ceramics and glass business news this week

By / July 8, 2011

New JEOL large angle EDS. Credit: JEOL. Here’s what we are hearing: Horiba Scientific offers new instruments for partical analysis The new SZ-100 series instruments analyze key particle physical properties including size and zeta potential. In addition, it can be used to determine protein and polymer molecular weight, and second virial coefficient (A2). Particle size…

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The business of doing business in the ceramics industry

By Eileen De Guire / June 29, 2011

Participants from the 2010 Ceramic Leadership Summit. Credit: ACerS The Ceramic Leadership Summit is about business – and the unique aspects of doing business in the ceramics industry. ACerS president, Marina Pascucci says, “It’s not a conference of technical papers. Instead, every speaker is presenting information that can change the way you and I do…

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Ceramics and glass business news this week

By / June 28, 2011

Here is what we are hearing: Rubicon Technology Malaysian polishing facility earns key endorsements, begins volume production of large-diameter sapphire wafers The company’s new Malaysia facility recently completed qualification of its six-inch wafers by a key customer, and also successfully completed an ISO certification audit. Both of these milestones enable the Malaysia facility to move…

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R&D 100 winners to speak at Ceramic Leadership Summit

By Eileen De Guire / June 23, 2011

R&D 100 Award winners: George Wicks (left) and SRNL team members pictured with flame-former apparatus. Credit: ORNL and ACerS Bulletin. For the last 49 years, the science and engineering community has looked forward eagerly to the day the R&D Magazine editors release the new R&D 100 Awards. Yesterday was that day. It’s a little like…

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Video of the week: The Shirtsleeve Invention

By / June 22, 2011

I learned about the existence of this video after I wrote my review of Gloria Beasley Lausten’s book about the work by her husband (Bob Beasley) on the NASA’s Space Shuttle tile-based thermal protection system.

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Beasley biography details quest for space shuttle’s thermal protection system

By / June 21, 2011

If mechanical systems and the weather cooperate, July 8 will bring the 135rd and final mission of the American Space Shuttle program (STS-135). Coincidentally, I recently received a charming biography of the late Robert M. Beasley, the man who led the team that developed the shuttles’ high-temperature reusable surface insulation tiles. I think for those…

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Rare-earths chess game intensifies with new moves in China, Washington

By / June 16, 2011

Maybe not a zugzwang yet, but rare-earth strategies are getting more complex and riskier. Credit: Wikipedia. It’s been a while since I have addressed strategic materials, but several recent developments are worth noting. Let’s start by going back a few months. In late March, a ripple went out among rare-earth supply watchers when China’s Ministry…

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Curved glass panels to give new Apple HQ its donut-shape

By Eileen De Guire / June 16, 2011

ASM International’s iconic headquarters. Apple plans to build a new headquarters with similar features: circular footprint, glass exterior and courtyard garden. Credit: ASM International. Last week Steve Jobs presented Apple’s plans for a proposed new headquarters to be located on a former Hewlett-Packard site in Cupertino, Calif. at its city council meeting. Apple has patched…

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Ceramics and glass business news this week

By / June 14, 2011

Here’s what we are hearing: Nanocerox expands Manufacturing and Research & Development operations by 20% to meet continued market demands The company recently announced an expansion of the manufacturing and R&D facilities located in Ann Arbor, Mich. The newly added operations will allow Nanocerox to optimize its production capabilities into one location and expand its…

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