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Applications for the Gustav-Eirich-Award due by May 31

Sponsored by the ECREF European Centre for Refractories gem. GmbH, the Gustav-Eirich-Award aims to promote ideas and support young talents in refractory research. Please submit an abstract describing dissertation for Ph.D. degree and/or individual research with a scientific content equal to that of a dissertation for a Ph.D. degree by May 31, 2019.

Freeman Technology to host powders for additive manufacturing seminar

Freeman Technology, a powder flow specialist company, is set to host a free seminar titled “Understanding Powders for Additive Manufacturing” in Birmingham, UK, June 11, 2019. The one-day event will provide an introduction to principles of powder rheology and how associated methodologies can be applied to understand and optimize AM applications.

DGIST agreed on Energy Research Cooperation with CNR-ITAE in Italy

Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology entered an MOU with Institute Italian National Research Council—Advanced Energy Technology Institute in Italy to share latest information of energy research and promote future collaboration through human resources exchanges of researchers and experts in both countries.

South Korea to establish joint nuclear research center in Saudi Arabia

South Korea plans to set up a joint nuclear energy research center in Saudi Arabia, the South Korean Ministry of Science and Technology says. The agreement came at the bilateral nuclear commission meeting held in Riyadh, at which there was broad exchange on SMART, or the System-Integrated Modular Advanced Reactor program.

Workshop on consensus safety measurement methodologies for ADS-equipped vehicles

NIST will host a workshop on ‘Consensus Safety Measurement Methodologies for ADS-Equipped Vehicles’ on June 25–26, 2019, at the NIST Gaithersburg, Md. campus. The workshop will feature presentations and breakouts about current perspectives on safety for automated driving systems.

Import ban on Myanmar ore bolsters medium-to-heavy rare earth prices

Prices of medium-to-heavy rare earth, such as dysprosium oxide and terbium oxide, extended their increases as imports of rare earth ore from Myanmar through Yunnan Tengchong Customs were again halted on Tuesday, May 14.

Expert new look for the glass specialists

Glass Technology Services launched a fresh new look following a rebranding of the company. The rebrand marks 20 years since the launch of the former branding and reflects both the expanding nature of work and type of clients that the business supports today.

Hawaii’s DOT tests sustainable concrete

Hawaii Department of Transportation is working with a new concrete mix injected with carbon dioxide to not only improve infrastructure but to help the environment. The results of the tests could take up to a week.

Protolabs celebrates 20-year anniversary with opening of advanced manufacturing plant

Digital manufacturing company Protolabs is celebrating its 20th anniversary by opening a state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing facility in Brooklyn Park, Minn. The 215,000-sq.ft. CNC machining facility is Protolabs’ eighth manufacturing plant in the United States, and 12th globally.

United States Steel to invest a billion dollars in new plant

United States Steel Corp., Pittsburgh, will invest more than $1 billion to construct a new sustainable endless casting and rolling facility at its Edgar Thomson Plant in Braddock, Pa., and a cogeneration facility at its Clairton Plant in Clairton, Pa., both part of the company’s Mon Valley Works.

Kopp makes the case for glass at LIGHTFAIR® International

At the LIGHTFAIR® International conference in Philadelphia, Pa. (May 21–23), Kopp Glass demoed a unique glass optic made of borosilicate glass that drastically enhances the performance of LEDs.

XJet 3D printer adopted by Marvel Medtech to revolutionize breast cancer prevention

XJet Ltd. sold an XJet Carmel 1400 3D Printer to North American based start-up, Marvel Medtech. Marvel Medtech will use XJet’s NanoParticle Jetting™ technology to 3D print a ceramic cryotherapy probe, a key component within a new robotic intervention guidance system designed to freeze and destroy dangerous tiny breast cancer tumors.

Mahesh Panta named technical market manager at Orion Engineered Carbons

Mahesh Panta was promoted to technical market manager – Printing Inks, Batteries & Special Applications, Americas Region at Orion Engineered Carbons. In this role, he will introduce and support the development of new products and applications for customers and collaborate with them to resolve technical issues.

Rare earth firms’ stocks soar on U.S.-China trade war speculation

Shares in rare earth-related companies soared earlier this week, led by jumps in Chinese producers a day after Chinese President Xi Jinping visited a rare earth firm in southern China, sparking speculation the sector could be the next front in the Sino-U.S. trade war.

NASA awarding $6 million to develop approach to fuel electric aircraft with liquid hydrogen

NASA will provide $6 million over the course of three years to support a University Leadership Initiative project focused on the development of a fully electric aircraft platform that uses cryogenic liquid hydrogen as an energy storage method.

NSG Group, Ubiquitous Energy to develop transparent solar windows

NSG Group announced a joint development agreement between its subsidiary and Ubiquitous Energy. The joint development work targets development, manufacture, and integration of Ubiquitous Energy’s ClearView Power™ technology into architectural window glass, with potential to produce solar electricity for buildings.

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