Africa’s oldest ceramic unearthed in Mali

By / July 26, 2009

Archaeologists from Geneva University have discovered what they claim is Africa’s oldest ceramic, dated at around 9400 BCE, in eastern Mali. “It’s a tiny, ornate fragment that was made with great skill and the use of fire,” says ethno-archaeologist Anne Mayor. Mayor is part of an eight-person Swiss team in the country, comprising five scientists…

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Resco continues fight against alleged bauxite price gouging

By / July 23, 2009

Last August, the ACerS Bulletin published a story on the rising costs and unavailability of bauxite. Bauxite, the major source for the production of aluminum, is in high demand in developing countries, and China has staked its claim on the market. Industrial Minerals reported that U.S. refractories producer Resco Products has refiled an amended proposed…

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Students build hydrogen fuel cell racecar

By / July 22, 2009

Gentlemen, start your fuel cells! Last August, Ceramic Tech Weekly reported on the first Formula Zero Championship. It was the first racing competition fueled by hydrogen. Next month, the team from Delft, Netherlands, will try to extend their title as reigning world champion. “Team Delft” consists of more than 40 students from various faculties of…

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Little speaks out on GE’s energy

By / July 22, 2009

MIT’s online Technology Review has posted an interesting interview with Mark Little, GE’s director of research, on a number of energy-related topics. He reveals some interesting thoughts on GE’s plan for building a 350-employee sodium-nickel-chlorine battery manufacturing plant (that hinges on the approval of its request for DOE funding), Smart Grid technology and the company’s…

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Spain, Portugal open new joint nano center

By / July 20, 2009

Spanish and Portuguese officials hope the $140 million, 160,000 square-foot center, opened on Friday, will pole-vault their nations into the fields of “nanomedicine, environmental monitoring, nanoelectronics and molecular nanomanipulation,” according to a Reuters story. The news agency says countries hope that the international status of the center, located in Braga (north of Lisbon) will make…

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Recent industry headlines

By / July 8, 2009

RUSNANO to produce abrasive resistant parts using nanostructured ceramic and metal-ceramic materials The Supervisory Council has approved RUSNANO participation in setting up the production of abrasive resistant parts using nano-structured ceramic and metal-ceramic materials. The project was initiated by Virial LLC, one of the Russian market leaders in abrasive resistant ceramic and metal ceramic parts…

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Top 25 institutions ranked for alternative energy research

By / July 3, 2009

Elsevier, publisher of scientific, technical and medical information, announced the results of its SciVal Spotlight Alternative Energy Research Leadership study. Analyzing the work of 3,000 research institutions world-wide, the study identifies the top 25 based on the number of alternative energy research papers produced in distinctive competencies (DCs). Highlights of the findings were shared in…

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German institutes join ‘city of tomorrow’ project in Abu Dhabi

By / July 2, 2009

According to a press release, several Fraunhofer institutes have signed a strategic partnership agreement with the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company – representing the Masdar City Project – that aims to embark on a collaborative deal to establish renewable energy projects for the region. The ecocity planned for the United Arab Emirates will be located…

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Video of the week – Joseph Miller on Global R&D and Innovation in Glass and Ceramics at Corning

By / July 1, 2009

This was the lead lecture at the PACRIM8 conference in Vancouver in June 2009. How often does a major company publicly explain and acknowledge its past mistakes, and reveal – in depth – how it is turning itself around? In this excellent video, Miller describes how Corning fought its way back from a “near-death experience”…

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Unique science-art meeting next week in Arlington, VA

By / June 29, 2009

A few weeks ago, Ceramic Tech Weekly carried a story about new techniques for dating ceramic artifacts. Along these same lines, there is a fascinating-sounding meeting, “Chemistry and Materials Research at the Interface between Science and Art,” scheduled for July 6 – July 7 at the Hilton Hotel in Arlington, Va. Sponsored by the NSF…

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