Ceramic Tech Today

Video: Sing a Song of Pie Birds—the history of how ceramic figurines helped vent pies in the early 20th century

By Lisa McDonald / November 23, 2022

While people today often vent pies by cutting slits in the top crust, in the early 20th century, people used hollow ceramic figurines often shaped liked birds to vent the steam. Learn more about the history of pie birds in today’s CTT.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / November 23, 2022

Tiny ‘lyre’ tunes medical imaging systems, inflatable heat shield, and other materials stories that may be of interest for November 23, 2022.

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Planning for Mars: Researchers explore thermal properties of cermet fuel that may be used in future nuclear propulsion systems

By Lisa McDonald / November 22, 2022

To achieve manned missions to Mars, spacecraft will need to maximize fuel usage. Nuclear thermal propulsion is one technology actively on NASA’s radar. In a recent study, researchers from Missouri S&T and NASA Marshall used a surrogate material to explore the thermal properties of a cermet fuel that may be used in future nuclear propulsion systems.

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Time for removal: A review of erbium laser-assisted ceramic debonding for dental restorations and appliances

By Lisa McDonald / November 18, 2022

Methods that conserve or semi-conserve a dental restoration during removal often risk harming the underlying tooth. Researchers in the U.S. and Poland reviewed the current literature on erbium laser-assisted ceramic debonding to identify the parameters needed for safe application of this method.

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Ceramics and glass in space, plus more inside December 2022 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / November 17, 2022

The December 2022 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring an overview of ceramics and glass used in space travel and exploration—is now available online. Plus—new C&GM and ceramicSOURCE 2023.

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Video: Reimagining of ‘Ballet des Porcelaines’ probes the complex cultural work behind the making of porcelain

By Lisa McDonald / November 16, 2022

When art historian Meredith Martin was introduced to an 18th-century ballet that allegorically depicts Europe’s pursuit of porcelain, she knew pursuing a historically accurate reconstruction of the ballet would risk reinforcing harmful racial stereotypes and exoticization of Asian cultures. Instead, she and choreographer Phil Chan conceived of a restaging that would center Asian American experience within this history.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / November 16, 2022

Stabilizing graphene nanoribbons, semiconductor production, and other materials stories that may be of interest for November 16, 2022.

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Mundane objects offer novel insights: Characterization of ancient glass beads provides clues to Middle Age trade networks

By Lisa McDonald / November 15, 2022

Glass beads, though likely considered mundane at the time, now offer rich insight into the Middle Ages. Danish researchers dug deeper into the history of these beads by analyzing glass samples from two different workshops at the historical Ribe trading site in Denmark.

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Introduction to “Glass-ceramics” for Glass: Then and Now

By Jonathon Foreman / November 11, 2022

As part of the IYoG celebrations, ACerS’ “Glass: Then and Now” series is highlighting ACerS journal articles each month that support advancement in glass science and technology. The focus this month is glass-ceramics.

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Reducing waste in manufacturing—researchers explore conversion of diamond wire silicon cutting waste into high-value silicon nitride

By Lisa McDonald / November 11, 2022

Silicon waste is a major byproduct from solar cell production. A group of researchers from Northeastern University (Shenyang, China) have published several papers exploring how, through nitridation, this waste can be converted into high-value silicon nitride.

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