Materials & Innovations

Boron nitride may provide ‘clear’ solar panels

By / September 10, 2008

Work at Japan’s National Institute of Materials Science may allow solar cells to be built into you house and car windows, windshield and even your sunglasses. The NIMS group, led…

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Video of the week: Ceramic ball bearings

By / September 10, 2008

Ceramic ball bearings are saving energy and reducing the use of petroleum-based lubricants. Narrated by Richard Kay, CEO of the Palm Springs-based Ceramic Ball Bearings company, this video explains how…

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Growing smart materials idea comes from trees

By / September 10, 2008

What is the best way to move substances from one place to another – a key consideration when developing complex new “smart” materials? Duke University researchers believe they have found…

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Sancon feeds China’s raw-material hunger with recycled glass

By / September 10, 2008

Shanghai-based Sancon Resources Recovery Inc. is a fast growing environmental services firm with operations in Australia and China. In 2007, the firm reportedly sold more than 25,000 tons of industrial waste – largely…

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Better method for detecting tile defects

By / September 10, 2008

Researchers at the University of the West of England say they have developed an automatic system for detecting surface defects invisible to the naked eye in ceramic tiles. Their system…

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Collecting solar energy via asphalt roads

By / September 10, 2008

Can asphalt roads and parking lots be used as a ubiquitous and inexpensive means for collecting and utilizing solar energy? Researchers at Massachusetts’ Worcester Polytechnic Institute say: Yes. Led by…

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Brick, stained glass that cleans the air

By / September 5, 2008

We came across two very different stories about passive methods that can produce cleaner air – methods developed centuries apart. First, in a test that may lead to a breakthrough…

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Thin film energy market to reach $3.9 billion by 2013

By / September 5, 2008

According to a new report from BCC Research the global market for thin film in energy applications is expected to increase from $1.1 billion in 2007 to $1.4 billion in…

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Concrete solutions to pollution

By / September 5, 2008

Every year, concrete accounts for more than five percent of human-created, pollution-causing carbon dioxide emissions, reports Technology Review, an online news source published by MIT. Most of these emissions are…

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Video of the Week: Manufacturing flat (float) glass

By / September 5, 2008

This week’s video comes courtesy of PPG. It demonstrates modern techniques of making large sheets of flat glass that has a smooth surface – something that perplexed glass-makers for centuries.…

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