Electronics

GM unveils new lithium-ion battery

By / January 8, 2010

Detroit’s WWMT.com reported that GM has manufactured an advanced lithium-ion battery for its electric vehicle, the Chevy Volt. The Volt is designed to drive up to 40 miles on electricity…

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Cheaper, stronger lithium-ion batteries for cars

By / January 4, 2010

According to Technology Review, a British defense technology company, Qinetiq, is testing a new type of lithium-ion battery for hybrids and electric vehicles that could be cheaper and more powerful…

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Photovoltaic implant gives sight to the blind

By / December 30, 2009

Researchers at Stanford University recently announced that they have developed a new artificial retina implant that uses photovoltaic power and could help the blind see. The problem with previous implants…

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Sandia’s Battery Abuse Testing Laboratory awarded $4.2 million in stimulus funds

By / December 22, 2009

Via press release, Sandia National Laboratories will use $4.2 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to modify and enhance its existing Battery Abuse Testing Laboratory (BATLab), with the…

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Commercial rollout of residential SOFCs planned for Japan in 2014

By / December 16, 2009

Tokyo Gas, Kyocera, Rinnai and gas equipment maker Gastar have begun field trials for residential solid oxide fuel cells, reported Fuelcellsworks.com. The four partners will evaluate the performance and durability…

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Marina R. Pascucci 2010–2011

Video of the week – Marina Pascucci on polycrystalline transparent ceramic materials and missile dome production

By / December 16, 2009

Marina Pascucci, president of CeraNova Corp., describes how her company fabricates the domes – the curved or pointed leading surfaces – of missiles. In this context, she explains how polycrystalline…

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New method for graphene growth successful

By / December 14, 2009

According to a press release, a Cornell research team has invented a simple way to grow graphene directly onto a silicon wafer. The work was published online Oct. 27 in…

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Video of the week: 2009 Friedberg Memorial Lecture: ‘Ceramics in a 21st Century Materials World’ by Gary Fischman

By / December 9, 2009

Gary Fischman, director of National Academies’ boards dealing with Materials, Manufacturing and Infrastructure, was the 2009 Arthur L. Friedberg Memorial Lecturer at the recent ACerS Annual Meeting and MS&T’09 conference.…

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Nanotube-nanowire ink on paper yields cheap, flexible supercapacitors

By / December 9, 2009

In a new paper published in the current edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a Stanford University research team reports on startlingly easy and inexpensive way…

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LED’s & CFL’s total energy cost trump traditional filament bulbs

By / December 2, 2009

The title of this post may sound like it’s a statement of the obvious. Sure, compact fluorescent bulb and LED’s use far less energy to generate an equivalent amount of…

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