Ceramic Tech Today

DOE to aid construction of two 1100 MW reactors in Georgia

By / February 17, 2010

The Obama administration and the DOE backed up its recent talk about supporting nuclear energy by today announcing its intention to guarantee $8.33 billion in loans for the construction two…

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New sensor exploits weakness of nano devices

By / February 16, 2010

According to a press release, Oak Ridge National Lab, via its Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences Division, is developing a chemical and biological sensor with unprecedented sensitivity. The device consists…

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U.S. mineral production declines 20% in 2009

By / February 16, 2010

From the perspective of the U.S.’s strategic interests, this does not bode well. The USGS today reported that the value of unprocessed non-fuel minerals dropped about $14 billion to $57…

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Friday federal funding facts: $2 billion finally spent by DOE

By / February 12, 2010

It took about 3 months for DOE to get the first $1 billion into circulation in the economy and about 2.5 months for the second $2 billion (still less than…

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China’s refractory production down, alumina imports up 17%

By / February 12, 2010

The most recent edition of China’s Refractories magazine (published by the Luoyang Institute of Refractories Research) reports a some interesting changes in the trends in basic manufacturing in the nation.…

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Composite materials designed for hypersonic flight

By / February 11, 2010

University of Queensland (Australia) researchers are testing new materials that can withstand the extreme heat experienced by hypersonic aircraft to enable longer flight times. The tests use scramjet engines composed…

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Energy storage project to extend utility of solar power

By / February 10, 2010

International Battery, a Pennsylvania-based manufacturer and developer of large lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, announced that it is partnering with HNU Energy to assess the effectiveness of storing solar energy using Li-ion…

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Aerogel-based -40°C hydration system to be licensed

By / February 10, 2010

Rights to a special low-temperature hydration system originally developed by NASA for astronauts – one that makes heavy use of the insulating wonder aerogel – is now being made available…

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Customized silver–hydroxyapatite coatings proposed to fight bio-implants infections

By / February 10, 2010

A team of North Carolina State University and Oak Ridge National Lab researchers have published a new paper that reports on the possibility of using hydroxyapatite layers seeded with silver…

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Geopolymer: A cheaper, greener alternative for cement

By / February 9, 2010

In the revolutionary way that aerogel is starting to redefine insulation, geopolymer may be poised to redefine cement, concrete and a lot of other advanced composite materials. And, like aerogel,…

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