ACerS Spotlight

Oobleck Explained, Sorta

By / April 9, 2009

The staff at Science Friday, gets two experts, University of Michigan’s Robert Deegan and University of Texas’ Harry Swinney, to unravel what is going on with dancing oobleck.

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Argonne National Laboratory’s Advanced Photon Source

By / April 9, 2009

ANL’s Advanced Photon Source facility is a national synchrotron X-ray research facility funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Science, and provides the “brightest x-ray beams in the Western Hemisphere to more than 5,000 scientists worldwide”.

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Piezo Precision Motion Devices

By / April 9, 2009

This is a demonstration-“tutorial” about one type of application of piezoelectric technology: a piezo-driven motion system developed by NanoMotion, a Israel-based division of Johnson Electric.

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Freescale Delivers Big Power From Small Solar Cells

By / April 9, 2009

This video is about a power conversion technology for photovoltaic applications that Freescale Semiconductor unveiled this week at the Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition.

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Son of Oobleck

By / April 9, 2009

One can never get enough oobleck! Instead of running across it, this time, our video features Faraday waves, fingers and vortex (and vortices). This video is courtesy of the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Two New Approaches to Cloaking

By / April 9, 2009

Several research teams are actively pursuing cloaking/invisibility concepts. One of the prominent groups is at Duke University and the other is at University of California, Berkeley.

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‘Soft’ Ceramic Armor

By / April 9, 2009

This video is meant to show there is more than one way to skin the ceramics-as-armor cat.

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Hard Ceramic Armor

By / April 9, 2009

This video is something of an introduction to ceramic armor. It uses the suit worn in the most recent Batman movie (The Dark Knight) as a jumping off point for explaining the production and composition of ceramic armor plates manufactured by Ceradyne.

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Himanshu Jain on Biomedical Applications of Glass

By / April 9, 2009

Lehigh University professor Himanshu Jain discusses the school’s work to lead an international effort to develop biocompatible, dually porous glass that helps damaged human bone to regenerate. Jain teaches in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

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High-Temp Superconductivity Overview

By / April 9, 2009

Peter Johnson from the Brookhaven National lab explains the basics of high temperature superconductivity and why it can make a profound impact on energy usage and transmission. Yes – it ends somewhat abruptly.

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