50 R&D 100 Awards given to national labs

By / July 22, 2010

Ultrasensitive Nanomechanical Transducers Based on Nonlinear Resonance, one of ORNL’s 2010 R&D 100 award winners. (Credit: ORNL.) R&D Magazine awarded DOE and other federal labs with 50 of its R&D 100 Awards. The awards, sometimes referred to as the “Academy Awards of Science,” are presented to those labs and companies that have been a major…

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Because lithium has worked so very well for Bolivia’s economy

By / July 20, 2010

I hope a PIO is to blame for this too-clever headline: “Lithium could be gold mine for Afghanistan.” But, the premise of this story is false and is emerging as one of those Zombie lies: “But it’s a relatively rare mineral and there’s not much of it in the world, so any new deposits are…

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ARPA-E announces $92M in advanced energy science, materials awards

By / July 12, 2010

DOE’s ARPA-E program today announced it would be funding 43 new high-risk, high-reward energy projects to the tune of $92 million. The funding is grouped into three areas: Grid-scale modular storage; Efficient energy delivery and switching; and Efficient building-cooling devices. The 43 were selected from an initial pool that started off with a group of…

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Bad news for advanced ceramic & glass world: China enforcing new rare earths export restrictions

By / July 12, 2010

According to new reports in BusinessWeek and Metal-Pages, China is cutting export quotas for the rare earths and metals – required in many advanced ceramic and glass applications – by 72 percent for the second half of 2010. The BusinessWeek story predicts a trade dispute with the U.S. will result. China, on one hand, argues…

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Asahi to manufacture new glass-ceramic substrate for $1.12B high-power LED market

By / June 24, 2010

Asahi Glass Co. says that in July it will be offering a new glass-ceramics substrate targeted at manufacturers of stronger, brighter LEDs (think residential, automotive and electronics, such as 3D televisions that currently suffer from dim images because of the split views). The glass–ceramic substrate will be made in a new factory in Taiwan. AGC…

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Knowledge of lithium, gold, rare earths in Afghanistan known even earlier than NYT reports

By / June 14, 2010

The New York Times story starts the timeline in the 1980s: “They soon learned that the data had been collected by Soviet mining experts during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s, but cast aside when the Soviets withdrew in 1989.” But, that is clearly wrong. Russian/Soviet involvement in Afghanistan actually occurred on and…

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Doesn’t this actually make Bolivia more important for the U.S.?

By / June 13, 2010

From the New York Times: “An internal Pentagon memo, for example, states that Afghanistan could become the “Saudi Arabia of lithium,” a key raw material in the manufacture of batteries for laptops and Blackberries. The vast scale of Afghanistan’s mineral wealth was discovered by a small team of Pentagon officials and American geologists. The Afghan…

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Video of the Week: Glass as a design material in electronics

By / June 9, 2010

Corning’s director of commercial technology, Paul Tompkins, was recently interviewed at the Future of Touch & Interactivity Conference, May 27 in Seattle, Wash. At the conference, Tompkins presented glass as a design material for electronic devices such as LCD televisions, cell phones and computer monitors. As I recently reported, Corning has been working on flexible…

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Flexible glass to challenge LCDs in electronic devices

By / June 8, 2010

Corning announced it has developed a flexible glass substrate that can be used for printed electronics applications. The glass manufacturer says the product performs like glass and is as flexible as plastic. The display is 75 micrometers thick and wholly protected by plastic. I expect to hear more about Corning’s glass line two weeks from…

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iPhone 4 ceramic, glass materials update

By / June 7, 2010

Steve Jobs has been revealing feature after feature of Apples new iPhone for the past hour and it looks more loaded with glass and ceramic materials than I first anticipated. Here’s a partial rundown: Front: Clear glass Back: Black glass Side seams: glass or ceramic that function as part of antennae system Display: 326 ppi…

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