Characterization

NIST researchers find way to produce molecule-scale monopoles

By / October 9, 2009

A team at NIST’s Center for Neutron Research, led by Hiroaki Kadowaki of Tokyo Metropolitan University, has found a way to produce molecule-sized monopoles, a feat that would allow the exploration of magnetic monopoles in the laboratory, not just on the chalkboard (the existence of monopole particles has been hypothesized for 80 over years). The…

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Materials Industry headlines

By / October 4, 2009

Ipsen Ceramics is totally focused on customer service Over 50 years has made Ipsen Ceramics an expert in the field of high temperature refractories and production of kiln furniture. Ipsen Ceramics has become a leader in the toll firing business where we process a wide variety of materials. Ipsen Ceramics gives you the flexibility to…

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Volvo’s electric: sexy, stunning, Swedish

By / September 29, 2009

Volvo Cars is currently evaluating the viability of a fully battery-electric vehicle. This year, Volvo has built and is internally testing a small number of prototype versions of a BEV version of its C30. In addition to focusing on performance and safety, much of the focus is on integration of the electric propulsion system with…

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Zoyas to lead wind power tutorial at Energy2010 conference

By / September 22, 2009

I just learned that Jose Zayas, manager of the wind energy technology program at Sandia National Laboratories, will be leading a tutorial session on materials and wind energy applications at next year’s Materials Challenges in Alternative Energy 2010, aka Energy2010, slated for Feb. 21-25, 2010 in Cocoa Beach, Fla. Zayas has been involved with a…

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Industry headlines

By / September 5, 2009

Shimadzu Showcases New Autograph AGS-X Series Universal Testers The AGS-X delivers efficient, precise tensile and compression tests for the rubber, plastic and film industries. With the AGS-X, users can perform a three- or four-point bending test, peeling test, and tear tests on various materials, including thermostatic resins. The tester’s crosshead achieves 1,500 mm/minute return speed,…

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Industry headlines

By / September 3, 2009

Cleveland Vibrator introduces 3D motion sifter for difficult-to-screen materials The company has expanded its comprehensive line of coarse and fine material vibratory screeners with the Twin Motor Sifter. Engineered with three control variables – vibrator force, frequency and drive angle – the Twin Motor Sifter boasts a three-dimensional motion that ultimately results in greater throughput…

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Chuck those napkin drawings – sketch your designs in FEAsy

By / September 2, 2009

Karthik Ramani, a professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University, poses the question that may intrigue anyone trying to work out a new idea: “Say I’m a design engineer working for an automotive company and I want to find out how much stress my conceptual part can withstand. I want to know where to drill…

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Researchers find new clues for high-temp superconductivity

By / August 28, 2009

For a while now, some scientists have thought that conditions necessary for superconductivity at higher temperatures exist. Now, a paper published in Science adds some fuel to their argument. It concerns the work of a group of U.S. and Japanese researchers – sponsored by a set of U.S. and Japanese government agencies – doing observations…

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NIST develops low-cost, ultra-sensitive infrared spectrometer

By / August 27, 2009

The good folks at the National Institute of Standards and Technology say they have a new method for measuring light in the near-infrared range that is highly sensitive (in the single photon range) and relatively inexpensive. NIST researchers Lijun Ma, Oliver Slattery and Xiao Tang figured out a way to “up convert” photons at one…

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Imaging aids understanding

By / August 14, 2009

Two recent stories illustrate how having a visual understanding of systems and processes can help researchers to explain and clarify the underlying science. The first story comes from the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, where researchers are using advanced microscopy techniques to observe real-time growth of single nanocrystals. Led by Interim Lab Director Paul Alivisatos and…

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