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Boron carbide for lightweight ceramic armor, and more inside August ACerS Bulletin

By April Gocha / July 20, 2017

The August 2017 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring articles about boron carbide for lightweight ceramic armor, an update on German ceramic R&D activities, and where big data meets materials science—is now available online.

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Could this structure allow 3-D printed polymers to replace ceramic materials in body armor?

By April Gocha / June 20, 2017

Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have taken inspiration from conch shells to develop a 3-D printing technique that can build composite materials with incredible toughness.

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Video: New breathable-yet-protective material protects soldiers from biological and chemical hazards

By Stephanie Liverani / August 10, 2016

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California are developing a material for protective military uniforms that is highly breathable yet protects from biological and chemical threats.

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Video: Improving armor—developing better materials to better protect

By April Gocha / June 8, 2016

When it comes to ceramic materials, body armor is a familiar and favorite topic. But better materials for protecting the lives of those in the line of duty extend beyond ceramics, too.

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Video: Such great heights—Stratobus drone–satellite hybrid project is getting off the ground

By April Gocha / May 25, 2016

Thales Alenia Space—a French–Italian venture specializing in space communications, navigation, Earth observation, exploration, and orbital infrastructures—is developing a unique solar powered autonomous stratospheric airship.

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Video: Could composite metal foams give ceramic materials a run for their money?

By April Gocha / April 13, 2016

Researchers from North Carolina State University have spent several years studying composite metal foams to better understand their properties and incredible potential.

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Back in (blacker) black: World’s blackest material Vantablack goes extra goth with new version that absorbs even more light

By April Gocha / March 15, 2016

The world’s blackest material, Vantablack, just got blacker. U.K. company Surrey NanoSystems developed the carbon nanotube material a few years ago, but the company now says it has recently improved the material to absorb so much light that it cannot be measured with a spectrometer.

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ACerS Bulletin kicks off 2016 with new materials development, data management, and an introduction to the incoming president

By April Gocha / December 23, 2015

Can you believe 2016 is almost here? Regarding the ACerS Bulletin, 2016 has already begun—the first issue of the new year is now available online.

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Sintering spinel: NRL scientists fabricate unique shapes with special ceramic

By April Gocha / May 28, 2015

U.S. Naval Research Lab scientists have perfected a sintering technique that can not only produce harder spinel, but also larger pieces and those with challenging shapes—all thanks to a deconstruction of the science behind the process.

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Spending at nation’s federal R&D centers down—again

By Jessica McMathis / May 7, 2015

The majority of the nation’s federally-funded R&D centers slashed spending in fiscal year 2013 by more than $1 billion over the previous year.

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