Ceramic Tech Today

Video: Observatory tidings—as research pivots to education in Puerto Rico, Iranian telescope records first light

By Lisa McDonald / November 9, 2022

While missions that take place in space often capture media headlines, ground-based operations are equally important in our search to understand the cosmos. Today’s CTT covers two recent announcements concerning observatories in Puerto Rico and Iran.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / November 9, 2022

New blue quantum dot technology, locate defects on microchips, and other materials stories that may be of interest for November 9, 2022.

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Sustainability guides discussion at 83rd Conference on Glass Problems

By Lisa McDonald / November 8, 2022

The 83rd Conference on Glass Problems welcomed 426 attendees to Columbus, Ohio, from Oct. 31–Nov. 3, 2022. The conference featured numerous talks on various aspects of sustainability, including decarbonization and energy efficiency, raw materials, and collaborative initiatives.

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Be like glass

By Lisa McDonald / November 8, 2022

As the International Year of Glass nears its end, Alfred University Inamori Professor of Materials Science & Engineering S.K. Sundaram offers a new take on Bruce Lee’s famous “be like water” quote, in honor of this International Year.

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Preparing for winter—hollow silica particles could form the basis of next-generation thermal insulation systems

By Lisa McDonald / November 4, 2022

Hollow silica particles exhibit lower thermal conductivities than current common thermal insulation materials, while also being easier and cheaper to fabricate than state-of-the-art insulating aerogels. Two recent studies demonstrate the work being done to develop stable and scalable hollow silica particle-based composites for next-generation thermal insulation systems.

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Video: From waste to watercolors—Colorado artist turns food scraps into paint

By Lisa McDonald / November 2, 2022

With a little bit of science knowledge, artists can learn to make paints and glazes at home quite easily and for far less cost. A Colorado artist is working to educate others on how she creates environmentally friendly watercolor paints from foraged plants and food waste.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / November 2, 2022

Online database of photocharged materials, stronger ceramic foams, and other materials stories that may be of interest for November 2, 2022.

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Thermoformed boron-based ceramics may offer new frontier in customized electronic components

By Lisa McDonald / November 1, 2022

The typically brittle nature of ceramics can hamper its formation into complex parts. Northeastern University researchers demonstrated that a highly oriented boron-based ceramic matrix composite can be shaped via thermoforming, which could hold implications for the electronics field.

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Monitoring mental stress: Nanosheet-type tin oxide gas sensors provide quantitative measurement of emotional tension

By Lisa McDonald / October 28, 2022

Determining when to seek help for mental stress can be difficult. However, the recent identification of discernible odor substances that emanate from the skin during emotional tension may offer a way to quantifiably measure mental stress. Two researchers in Japan propose nanosheet-type tin oxides could be used as gas sensors to detect these substances.

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Video: Sweeten your knowledge of materials science this Halloween by making your own candy glass

By Lisa McDonald / October 26, 2022

Looking to weave some science learning into your Halloween activities? Making candy glasses like cotton candy and lollipops can provide insights into common glass processing methods and material properties. Learn how to make your own candy glass through the Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation’s new Glass Science Kit!

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