Ceramic Tech Today

NSF funds Lehigh/Penn State outreach to Tuskegee University

By / December 26, 2008

To encourage more African-Americans to adopt science and engineering careers, the NSF-funded International Materials Institute for New Functionality in Glass at Lehigh University is commencing an outreach program at Tuskegee…

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Video of the week – What element do you want for Xmas?

By / December 25, 2008

This is from a series of really excellent videos about each of the elements in the periodic table. The series is being led by Brady Haran from the University of…

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Mega gleam from nano polish?

By / December 22, 2008

Sometime in the near future, a visit to the dentist for teeth cleaning may involve putting such a fine polish on your choppers that harmful bacteria slide off before they…

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Energy harvesting radio-based detection system unveiled

By / December 19, 2008

Kansas State University and Peregrine Semiconductors are demonstrating a battery-free technology that could improve embedded multi-sensor systems such as those that might be used to detect deterioration in busy bridge.…

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Video of the week – Prince Rupert’s Drops

By / December 18, 2008

Again, we  present another beloved classroom demonstration in materials science. This one is a non-intuitive display of surface tension, residual stress, interior tension, potential energy and tempered glass. To create…

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More BAM stuff!

By / December 17, 2008

Readers have expressed significant interest in our Dec. 5 post on the world’s third hardest material – BAM. Currently being tested at DOE’s Ames Laboratory as a nanocoating for machinery, BAM is…

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Taking toilets where they’ve never been before

By / December 17, 2008

Duravit – a sanitaryware manufacturer with attitude – is on a mission. The company is determined to make toilets more visible and to change people’s attitudes about them so the humble “W.C.” gets…

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Coming soon: self-powered cellphones, PDAs and more

By / December 15, 2008

Cellphones charged by voice sound waves. Drug delivery systems enabled by minute body movements. Military equipment powered by the motion of soldiers walking? Self-powered devices like these are now one…

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Steel-industry ‘boom’ was even bigger bust for refractories

By / December 13, 2008

The steel-industry report in Iron & Steel Technology magazine’s Dec. 2008 issue documents some of the bad news that members of ACerS’ Refractory Ceramics Division are probably already aware of.…

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Chu, scientist and Nobel laureate, tapped for DOE head

By / December 11, 2008

There’s a ripple of excitement in the science and technical community. Imagine – an experienced scientist and successful administrator with a breadth of knowledge at the helm of the Department…

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