Strong-glass innovation at Alfred University

By / May 3, 2009

Alfred University reports that one of their veteran researchers has come up with a new and practical process for strengthening glass and ceramics. The school claims the technology can allow a glass bottle to bounce even when dropped from 10 feet to a concrete floor. The process is the discovery of William LaCourse, a professor…

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EFRCs to provide big down payment for materials research

By / May 2, 2009

First, I apologize for the length of this post (I’ve saved it for the weekend), but one of biggest “sleeper” stories in science in a long time is the DOE’s announcement concerning the establishment of 46 Energy Frontier Research Centers. These EFRCs have just been commissioned to focus work on a list of “grand challenges”…

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Interview with Ed Herderick, 2009-2010 Materials Societies’ Congressional Fellow

By / April 15, 2009

We present an interview with Ed Herderick, the 2009-2010 Materials Societies Congressional Fellow and occasional contributor to this blog. ACerS, along with The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society and the Materials Research Society announced in March that Herderick has been selected to be the groups’ fellow. The Materials Societies Congressional Fellow program is part of…

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Poll shows value of ACerS-NIST phase equilibria diagrams

By / April 4, 2009

Over three-quarters of the respondents to a survey conducted in 2008 by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and The American Ceramic Society say their work would range from difficult to impossible without access to phase equilibria diagrams. The survey verified that access to the critically evaluated phase diagrams, produced via the ACerS-NIST Phase…

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Oobleckpalooza bonus video of the week: Oobleck explained, sorta

By / March 18, 2009

The staff at Science Friday, too, senses the masses growing interest in all things oobleck and is shamelessly trying to ignore this blogs leadership efforts and elbow us out of the way. SciFri does trump us by getting two experts, University of Michigan’s Robert Deegan and University of Texas’ Harry Swinney, to unravel what is…

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Need research funding? Apply to NIST!

By / March 4, 2009

Does your research project need funding? Money may be available through the 2009 Technology Innovation Program, sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. NIST invites you to submit a “white paper” pitching your project.  Here’s how: Who is eligible? Small- or medium-sized businesses or joint ventures involving a private-sector firm coupled with an…

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Video of the week: Son of oobleck

By / February 9, 2009

One can never get enough oobleck! Instead of running across it, this time, our video features Faraday waves, fingers and vortex (and vortices). This video is courtesy of the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Virginia Tech students awarded for inventing ‘moon bricks’

By / February 9, 2009

Their invention of lunar brick has earned a Virginia Tech student research team one of only two awards presented in a 2008 design competition sponsored by PISCES, an international research center dedicated to developing new technologies for life in outer space. Part of the University of Hawaii at Hilo, PISCES – the Pacific International Space Center…

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‘Restore science to its rightful place’

By / January 21, 2009

A key passage from President Obama’s address For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act — not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the…

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Call for ceramics short-course proposals

By / January 15, 2009

The American Ceramic Society is seeking proposals from experts with the ability to develop and teach two-day (or more) short courses that focus on foundational topics in ceramic materials engineering and business. Proposals for a short course should be prepared with a target of professionals working with ceramic materials and technologies in the corporate sector,…

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