Ceramic Tech Today

Aspen Aerogel to expand, Hanesbrand to market superinsulating jacket

By / May 24, 2010

Following up on the post from last week about Hanesbrands/Element 21’s Champion aerogel jacket that was used in Jamie Clarke’s successful ascent of Mt. Everest, an AP story indicates that…

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National Research Council: PHEV pessimism, energy’s hidden costs (and a few surprises)

By / May 24, 2010

A new National Research Council report starts to get at the real costs of energy versus what everyone pays at the gas pump or to their utility company. Damage to…

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Participants needed for ceramic engineering survey

By / May 21, 2010

Industry folks: Your opinions are sought – Dear Colleague, I have been involved with ABET accreditation of ceramic engineering programs for ten years, and have been asked to present the…

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$38M in DOE Nuclear Energy University Program awards for materials, science, math and systems R&D

By / May 20, 2010

Today, the DOE announced $38 million in new Nuclear Energy University Programs awards going to 42 university-led R&D projects for awards totaling $38 million. The projects cover four subject areas:…

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School of fish offers new school of thought for turbine design

By / May 20, 2010

Researchers at CalTech have found that schooling fish unlock clues to better vertical axis wind turbines, which could yield as much as 10 times more energy from the same amount…

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Group shows hysteretic behavior of ferroelectric materials changes at nanoscale

By / May 20, 2010

A collaborative group of researchers from Oak Ridge National Lab, Penn State, the Univ. of Sheffield (U.K.) and EPFL (Switzerland) have made a discovery that overturns some 100-year-old assumptions about…

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Video of the week – Sandia’s Jose Zayas on Wind Energy: Background, opportunities and materials challenges

By / May 19, 2010

Wind energy expert Jose Zayas earlier this year gave a detailed presentation about the evolution, physics, siting considerations, commercial risks and current engineering challenges facing medium- and large-scale wind turbine…

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Rug pulled from under America COMPETES science jobs bill – again!

By / May 19, 2010

As I wrote earlier this week, despite majority support, opponents of the spending in the America COMPETES science funding and jobs bill last Friday stopped the legislation from being voted…

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Aerogel nanotech ultrathin, high-altitude Champion Supersuit on Mt. Everest: ‘It’s warm’

By / May 18, 2010

Hanesbrands says that mountain climber Jamie Clarke, reached the summit of the world’s highest peak this morning. Clarke is quoted in a news release as saying, ““The Champion Supersuit did…

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National HS engineering program seeks energy experts

By / May 18, 2010

The Junior Engineering Technical Society is looking for some volunteer experts in the energy field to assist the organization develop questions for its annual high school engineering contest. JETS is…

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