The 2009 Solar Decathlon winner is…

By / October 21, 2009

Team Germany! Team Germany won first place in the 2009 Solar Decathlon by applying photovoltaics to every available surface. I had been rooting for Virginia Tech for their use of aerogel as insulation that allowed natural light to shine through, but it only ranked 13 out of 20 competitors. Team Germany’s Cube House was considered…

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Monday materials music

By / September 28, 2009

A new video from composer John Boswell: “A musical tribute to two great men of science. Carl Sagan and his cosmologist companion Stephen Hawking present: A Glorious Dawn – Cosmos remixed. Almost all samples and footage taken from Carl Sagan’s Cosmos and Stephen Hawking’s Universe series” Hey, this ain’t Friday–now that the music’s over, don’t…

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Apply to be a National Academies Graduate Fellow

By / September 24, 2009

The National Academies have just announced that they are soliciting applications for the next two sessions of their Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Graduate Fellowship Program. One is a Winter-Spring session (Feb. 3 – April 28, 2010) and the other is a Summer session (Aug. 30 – Nov. 19, 2010). Both take place in Washington,…

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University of Pennsylvania’s Nano/Bio Center scoops $11.5M NSF grant

By / September 22, 2009

Good news came yesterday to the Nano/Bio Interface Center at the University of Pennsylvania when it learned it won an $11.5 million grant from the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers of the National Science Foundation. According to a Penn release, “the grant will support multidisciplinary research at Penn designed to explore and control the function…

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Federal student loan forgiveness

By / September 18, 2009

Maybe this is old news, but I didn’t know there was a “Public Service Loan Forgiveness” federal program. In brief, if you work in a “public service” job for at least 10 years, and are still holding federal loan debt you can have the outstanding amount erased. I am not sure how many individuals still…

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Carbon sequestration training, certification to be offered

By / September 17, 2009

A trio of organizations in the Seattle area is gearing up to offer advanced training and certification in burying and permanently storing carbon dioxide underground. With $1 million in funding from the DOE, the Pacific Northwest National Lab, the Environmental Outreach and Stewardship Alliance and the Washington Society of Professional Engineers are developing a carbon…

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Get out your pens and publish with ACerS!

By / September 17, 2009

ACerS-Wiley is currently seeking new authors or volume editors for textbooks, handbooks or reference books on ceramics and ceramics-related topics. By publishing with ACerS-Wiley, you are joining a team of highly trained professionals who are dedicated to producing quality books – from production to marketing, sales and distribution. And, you can be sure that you…

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Ceramic injection molding short course coming up

By / September 1, 2009

ACerS is sponsoring a two-day course on Ceramic Injection Molding Sept. 16-17. The course is being held in San Diego, Calif. The course is a good opportunity for engineers, QC specialists, designers and technical sales professionals to get a good immersion in injection molding. The course will cover IM’s history Competing technologies, related technologies Powders,…

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Virginia Tech aims for the sky to win Solar Decathlon

By / August 14, 2009

Lumenhaus is Virginia Tech’s zero-energy home that can be completely powered by the sun and geothermal energy. Other sustainable features include the use of passive energy systems, radiant heating and building materials made from renewable and/or recyclable sources. The College of Architecture and Urban Studies is entering the house in the U.S. Department of Energy’s…

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Anticipation . . .

By / July 30, 2009

If you’ve ever had a pregnancy in the family, you know that the first two trimesters go by relatively quickly, but the last trimester seems to take forever. Days crawl by. Now, I see a similar phenomenon being played out in the science community, where the rest of this summer and much of the fall…

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