Bending razor-thin glass to tech’s future needs

Picture razor-thin glass with the flexibility of plastic and the durability of steel—think what it would mean for mobile devices. Scientists at Corning—a company that creates the recipes and processes to manufacture glass used in smartphones, televisions and even space shuttles—are finally having technological breakthroughs that could make glass, an often overlooked component of electronic devices, sexy.

CASIS awards research agreements to five tech companies

The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), the manager of the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory, announced it has granted research agreements to five businesses in the technology development and remote-sensing industries. The agreements will allow these businesses to access the unique research environment of the ISS National Laboratory to further their individual investigations and offer new cutting-edge solutions and products.

Elsevier publishes reference module in materials science and engineering

The new Reference Module combines the world-leading articles and chapters from Elsevier’s Materials Science and Materials Engineering Major Reference Works into one innovative and efficient tool on ScienceDirect. The content is continuously reviewed and updated by the editorial board to ensure researchers are aware of latest developments.

Hunting for neutrinos with the help of Schott specialty glass

Elementary particles called neutrinos can actually transform themselves, meaning they have mass. That was the finding of the two scientists who have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics for providing this evidence. Specialty glass components with superior optical and physicochemical properties, made by Schott, were used in the research equipment and contributed to the findings.

Sanimed grows in quality and quantity with the Sacmi Group

Sanimed, a Tunisian company belonging to the Abdennadher Group, has been manufacturing and marketing ceramic sanitaryware since 1998. It is currently expanding fast on North African and European markets and has recently made a giant leap forwards thanks to its partnership with the Sacmi Group. At their Sfax plant a 90-metre Riedhammer TWS 90/300/100-G tunnel kiln has just been tested successfully.

Alcoa opens advanced jet engine parts facility in Indiana

Lightweight metals leader Alcoa today officially opened its state-of-the-art jet engine parts facility in La Porte, Indiana. The facility doubles Alcoa’s capacity in La Porte and provides new capabilities that broaden its reach in engines for large commercial aircraft. The new plant will meet increasing demand from makers of best-selling jet engines, growing Alcoa’s value-add business in aerospace.

Samsung profit rises on record earnings from semiconductors

Samsung Electronics Co. reported its first earnings growth in more than a year on Thursday as a record profit from computer chips masked a decline in its smartphone business. Samsung posted a record profit for its semiconductor division helped by sales of chips to Apple Inc. and favorable currency exchange rates.