Former ACerS president Delbert Day to receive Phoenix Award

By / September 15, 2010

Del Day is receiving the 2010 Phoenix Award Glass for hisdevelopment of radioactive glass microspheres. Delbert Day, a past president of ACerS, will be given the 2010 Phoenix Award as “Glass Person of the Year,” the glass industry’s top honor. The Phoenix Award is given annually to a living person who has made outstanding contributions…

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Ceramic science stories we missed the first time around

By / August 27, 2010

Weddings, vacation, illness, travel days . . .  Looking back, sometimes there have been events that caused us to miss a few good ceramic- and glass-related developments and press releases. The stories in this grab bag have only a few cobwebs on them, so check ‘em out: Cementing success: Startup that eyes radical shift in…

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Dry water – a.k.a. hydrophobic fumed silica/water – touted as CO2 absorbent, emulsion transporter

By / August 25, 2010

“Dry water.” Credit: ACS. The American Chemical Society today distributed a story that came out of one of its meetings regarding the use of “dry water” powder as a medium for absorbing CO2, enhancing certain chemical reactions and storing emulsions. Although the story is interesting, it’s not exactly clear to me if the CO2 angle,…

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Rare earths: Growing demand and tight supplies

By / August 24, 2010

It’s far from a disinterested source, but Avalon Rare Metals tells me today that prices for individual rare earth elements have soared 22-705% since January: “[T]he most significant rises have occurred since the June announcement on export quota reductions. The largest percentage price increases have been for cerium and lanthanum, which most analysts believe is…

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UV coating that makes transparent architectural glass less lethal to birds gets Red Dot award

By / August 23, 2010

[flash mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/ornilux.jpg}] We’ve all heard that “out of nowhere” whack on home or office windows and later found the carcass of some poor bird lying below it. It’s easy to imagine that this scenario gets played out thousands of times a day around the world. But, until I ran across this story at…

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Corning’s Gorilla Glass wins one of ACerS’ corporate achievement awards, wide media attention

By / August 2, 2010

Screenshot from video of Gorilla Glass 2M ‘ball drop’ test: 1.18 lb ball, dropped from 1.8 meters at 13.6 mph. Credit: Corning Inc. We’ve written before about the inroads Corning Inc.’s Gorilla Glass is making in consumer electronics. Gorilla Glass has also caught the attention of AP business writer Ben Dobbin as well as ACerS’…

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Solar sail uses smart glass to steer through cosmos

By / July 27, 2010

Artist’s conception of solar sail. (Credit: JAXA.) Japan has successfully deployed a solar sail on a spacecraft, demonstrating for the first time that such technology can be used to convert the sun’s energy to the power needed to move a vessel in the cosmos. As an added feature, the IKAROS spacecraft uses LCD technology to…

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Rare earth’s brick wall

By / July 25, 2010

This falls into the “must read” category. A few weeks back, I posted on major cuts in China rare earth exports. Science magazine’s  Robert F. Service provides more context: “. . . Obama declared that the plant “is a symbol of where Michigan is going, … of where Holland is going, … of where America…

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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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