Ceramic Tech Today

First stage of NASA’s ‘space elevator’ contest won

By / November 6, 2009

LaserMotive‘s photovoltaic-powered machine became the first in the three-year history of NASA’s space elevator contest to climb a 2,953-foot-long ribbon, securing a prize of $900,000. The competition saw teams use…

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Two wind turbines collapse

By / November 6, 2009

It’s not often that wind turbines malfunction to the point of destruction. Recently it happened twice in the same week. According to the Copenhagen Post, in late October in Esbjerg,…

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New E6 enhanced glass fiber introduced

By / November 6, 2009

Gibson Enterprises, a U.S. fiberglass company based in Irwindale, Calif., plans to release a new product E6 Enhanced Glass Fiber (PDF) in full stream by the first quarter of 2010.…

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Video of the week: MS&T’09 keynote panel on new energy opportunities

By / November 4, 2009

MS&T’09’s Opening Session featured a panel of speakers actively working in renewable energy. The panelists – who included MIT professor and A123 Systems cofounder Yet-Ming Chiang, past ACerS president and…

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MS&T’09, ACerS Annual Meeting videos schedule

By / November 4, 2009

I had a great time last week at the Materials Science & Technology 2009 conference and ACerS Annual Meeting events held in Pittsburgh. Many thanks to Ann for taking over…

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Pervious concrete swallows 400 gallons

By / November 3, 2009

Pervious concrete

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Georgia Tech group creates 3D photovoltaic system

By / November 3, 2009

What if there was a way to create a material covered with tiny 3D solar collectors instead of the typical 2D flat photovoltaic systems (and in this context flexible PV…

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Monday materials music

By / November 2, 2009

For some reason, I am really thirsty now.

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Lotus leaves modeled for anti-icing coating

By / November 2, 2009

A group of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, University of California Riverside and the Ross Technology Corporation joined a growing list of researchers studying the superhydrophobic property of lotus…

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Single layer superconductivity

By / October 30, 2009

Physicists at Brookhaven National Laboratory have identified a single layer responsible for one such material’s ability to become superconducting. The technique, described in the Oct. 30, 2009, issue of Science,…

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