Ceramic Tech Today

Video of the week: MU’s blast-resistant glass

By / September 16, 2009

This new video from the University of Missouri demonstrates a special explosion-resistant glass that may offer protection to federal buildings, other critical infrastructures and even residences vulnerable to hurricanes. The…

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Piezoelectricity’s positive vibrations

By / September 16, 2009

Via LiveScience, the Inside Science News Service reports that scientists at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute, in Blacksburg, Va., have recently developed a tiny piezoelectric device that is able to harness…

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Gold used to enhance nanocrystal conductance

By / September 15, 2009

Researchers at Berkeley Lab reported a technique by which the electrical conductivity of nanorod crystals of cadmium-selenide was increased 100,000 times. “The key to our success is the fabrication of…

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Monday materials music

By / September 14, 2009

Chemistry dance party! Now get to work!

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Green algae harnessed to make paper-based batteries

By / September 11, 2009

A press release from Uppsala University, Sweden, claims that a group of researchers at the Ångström Laboratory have discovered that the distinctive cellulose nanostructure of Cladophora algae can serve as…

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Friday federal funding facts

By / September 11, 2009

There have apparently been a lot of funding activities going on, but the specifics aren’t immediately clear. For example, the amount of DOE available funding grew by 10 percent (!)…

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Patrick Gallagher to lead NIST

By / September 11, 2009

The White House and U.S. Department of Commerce announced yesterday that physicist Patrick Gallagher will be nominated to be director of NIST. Gallagher is currently the NIST deputy director. According…

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Blast from the past: GM’s other hybrid car

By / September 11, 2009

While clearing out some junk in my garage, I came across a October 1980 copy of Popular Mechanics that contained the above story with “spy photos” of a two-passenger electric…

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Who has the strategy for strategic materials?

By / September 10, 2009

Lithium, bauxite, rare earths? As ACerS corporate member Don Bubar, of Avalan Rare Metals, told CNBC yesterday (in something of an understated way), “There is a global scramble to secure…

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Giant solar farms in the works in China, India and U.S.

By / September 10, 2009

First Solar announced yesterday that it and the Chinese government had agreed upon a memorandum of understanding that, if a few more bridges are crossed, will result in a 2…

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