ACerS Spotlight

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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What Element Do You Want For Christmas?

By / April 9, 2009

This is from a series of really excellent videos about each of the elements in the periodic table.

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Prince Rupert’s Drops

By / April 9, 2009

A beloved classroom demonstration in materials science. The residual stress within the drop gives rise to unique properties that every demonstrator likes to demonstrate: The drop can be hammered on the fat end without breaking, but disintegrates explosively if the tail end is even slightly damaged.

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Better Place Electric Car Plan

By / April 9, 2009

The approach by the company (illustrated in this video) is interesting in that they will allow consumers to buy the miles that they will drive the cars while the cars themselves will be available for purchase at a reduced price like current cell phone plans.

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Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

By / April 9, 2009

The scientist featured in this video is M. Saiful Islam from the Department of Chemistry, University of Bath (U.K.), who provides a overview on the operations of a solid oxide fuel cell and describes how his computer-based modeling techniques differ from lab-oriented approaches.

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