International

SCHOTT solar stairway generates power, pizzazz and savings!

By / February 13, 2009

SCHOTT, one of the world’s largest and most innovative glassmakers, reports the accomplishment of another first – the combination of solar panels and colored glass in the design of a stunningly beautiful stairway facade, integrated into the walls of the firm’s administration building in Mainz, Germany. Designed by German artist Paul Wurdel, the beautiful solar stairway…

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¡Viva Aldo!

By / January 18, 2009

Just learned that ACerS member and Imperial College (U.K.) professor Aldo R. Boccaccini, has been appointed to be the scientific international advisor to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Argentina (his homeland). He will advise in topics of international scientific cooperation between Argentina and the European Union. Boccaccini is an expert in materials…

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Solar refrigeration coming to off-grid areas

By / January 12, 2009

A cool idea for solar-powered cold-storage is about to make refrigeration a lot more affordable, practical and environmentally friendly in off-the-grid and partially-electrified areas of the world. Birth of a ‘cool’ concept The system is an energy-efficient hybrid refrigerator that combines conventional compressor-created cold air with clean, quiet cooling generated by thermoelectric technology and photovoltaic solar…

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Air Force cuts costs, boosts performance of aerospace mirrors

By / January 9, 2009

Air Force researchers are investigating ways to boost the performance of aerospace mirrors, while cutting in half the cost and time required to manufacture them. No wonder! It takes about two years and nearly one million dollars to produce a one-meter, lightweight glass aerospace mirror, according to the AF Research Lab’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate.…

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Leibniz Prize honors three for materials research

By / December 30, 2008

Three of Germany’s top materials scientists, Jürgen Rödel, Jürgen Eckert and Holger Braunschweig, have all been awarded that nation’s highest research prize. The Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft presents the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize annually to 10 (actually 11 in 2009!) outstanding scientists and academicians, with the aim that the laureates use the funds – worth up to…

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Good vibrations lead to ‘smart’ roads and energy

By / December 27, 2008

Some people think the road to tomorrow’s most practical alternative energy source will be embedded with piezoelectric crystals capable of converting the mechanical strain of on-road vehicles into electrical current or voltage. Haim Abramovich, an associate professor of aerospace engineering at Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology, is one of these thinkers. Testing piezoelectrics in…

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NSF funds Lehigh/Penn State outreach to Tuskegee University

By / December 26, 2008

To encourage more African-Americans to adopt science and engineering careers, the NSF-funded International Materials Institute for New Functionality in Glass at Lehigh University is commencing an outreach program at Tuskegee University in Alabama, where the student body is predominantly black. Disparity calls for action “African-Americans make up 13 percent of America’s population but hold just…

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Taking toilets where they’ve never been before

By / December 17, 2008

Duravit – a sanitaryware manufacturer with attitude – is on a mission. The company is determined to make toilets more visible and to change people’s attitudes about them so the humble “W.C.” gets more respect. This is the reason Duravit told famed French designer Philippe Stark to use a giant ceramic toilet as the centerpiece for its new design…

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Steel-industry ‘boom’ was even bigger bust for refractories

By / December 13, 2008

The steel-industry report in Iron & Steel Technology magazine’s Dec. 2008 issue documents some of the bad news that members of ACerS’ Refractory Ceramics Division are probably already aware of. The report – issued by World Steel Dynamics, the information-services firm that authors a monthly column on steel for IST – says that during the (now fading)…

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China tops list of CO2 emitters

By / November 20, 2008

The world’s carbon dioxide emissions have escalated 38 percent since 1992, climbing from 6.1 billion tons in 1992 to 8.5 billion tons last year, according to DOE’s Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, located at Oak Ridge National Labs. In 1992, the United States headed the list of the world’s top five CO2 emitters. The rest of…

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