Ceramic Tech Today

Video: Listen to music privately without the headphones

By Lisa McDonald / November 25, 2020

Social distancing is at the top of everyone’s minds as we head into this holiday season. A new audio technology by Israeli company Noveto Systems takes this concept to heart by using “sound beaming” to send sound directly to your ears without the use of headphones.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / November 25, 2020

Waste concrete repurposed into public furniture, NASA decadal review, and other materials stories that may be of interest for November 25, 2020.

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Porous volumetric ceramic burners increase oven energy efficiency

By Lisa McDonald / November 24, 2020

Though gas ovens are considered more energy efficient than electric ovens, they still face challenges with dissipation of heat into the environment. Porous volumetric ceramic burners are a combustion technology that may improve heat transfer in gas ovens, and researchers in Germany investigated the technology’s heat transfer mechanisms to better illuminate its potential.

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A new fabrication method takes root—researchers grow carbon nanotube forest of record length

By Lisa McDonald / November 20, 2020

Carbon nanotubes demonstrate much higher tensile strength than carbon fibers, but growing nanotubes in bulk while retaining this property is an obstacle that limits their commercial applications. Researchers in Japan developed a new fabrication method that could overcome the challenge of growing nanotubes in bulk.

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Better bodies with biomaterials, plus more inside December 2020 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / November 19, 2020

The December 2020 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring applications of ceramics and glass in the human body—is now available online. Plus—C&GM and ceramicSOURCE

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Video: LED wall, the future of movie backgrounds

By Lisa McDonald / November 18, 2020

Green- or blue-screen compositing is the typical technique used in the film industry to create different backgrounds for a scene. Yet this well-established technique comes with disadvantages, ones that can be overcome using a novel LED wall developed for the television series The Mandalorian.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / November 18, 2020

New family of quasiparticles, glass that combines organic and inorganic components, and other materials stories that may be of interest for November 18, 2020.

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Tough beetles reveal secrets that could help join dissimilar materials

By April Gocha / November 17, 2020

The diabolical ironclad beetle can withstand crushing by forces up to 39,000-times its body weight. But what makes this little beetle so tough? A new study reveals some of the secrets the beetle stores in its tough exoskeleton, secrets that could aid in development of biomimetic materials and structures to join dissimilar materials in more robust ways.

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An en‘light’ening approach to cancer treatment: New GO-templated gold nanosheet shows promise for photothermal therapy

By Lisa McDonald / November 13, 2020

Traditional methods of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy for treating cancer can be extremely taxing on the body. Photothermal therapy is a minimally invasive and locally focused alternative, and a recent paper by researchers in China looks at the potential of a new graphene oxide-templated gold nanosheet for use in this treatment.

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Video: Electrified wingsuit lets fliers gain altitude

By Lisa McDonald / November 11, 2020

Wingsuit flying is an exhilarating sport that gives participants an experience akin to flying, though they are unable to gain altitude during the flight. Wingsuit pilot Peter Salzmann teamed up with vehicles company BMW to develop an electrified wingsuit that gives fliers the ability to swoop upward as well.

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