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Electric vehicles are using the sun to speed across Australia in the World Solar Challenge

By April Gocha / October 10, 2017

Forty-two solar-powered vehicles are currently competing with one another in the World Solar Challenge, a long-distance solar vehicle race across the Australian continent.

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Tech innovation roundup: See-through circuitry, wi-fi from lasers, and liquid metals propel next-gen electronics

By Stephanie Liverani / August 16, 2016

In the past couple weeks alone, significant innovations in next-generation electronic devices have made news. Check out these recent buzzworthy developments in tech research that are helping transform electronics as we know them.

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Video: New breathable-yet-protective material protects soldiers from biological and chemical hazards

By Stephanie Liverani / August 10, 2016

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California are developing a material for protective military uniforms that is highly breathable yet protects from biological and chemical threats.

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Novel luminescent nanoparticles embedded into glass pave way for high-tech future

By Stephanie Liverani / June 14, 2016

In the mission to make glass smarter, researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia have developed a method for embedding light-emitting nanoparticles into glass without losing any of the nanoparticles’ unique properties.

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Latest self-cleaning technologies mean a lower-maintenance, ‘greener’ future

By Stephanie Liverani / March 28, 2016

The latest innovations in self-cleaning surfaces, materials, and technologies focus on low-maintenance, energy-efficient solutions for many industries with major scale-up potential.

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Go thin or go home: Scientists create world’s thinnest lens that could revolutionize consumer tech

By Stephanie Liverani / March 11, 2016

Scientists at Australian National University (Canberra, Australia) created what they describe as “the world’s thinnest lens, one two-thousandth the thickness of a human hair,” which could revolutionize flexible computer displays and miniature cameras.

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Silicon carbide’s ‘superiority’ makes for promising silicon semiconductor substitute in high-performance sensors

By Jessica McMathis / February 18, 2015

Researchers at the Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre (QMNC) at Griffith University (Australia) have shown that silicon carbide’s “superiority” in not-so-superior conditions make the compound a promising substitute for silicon semiconductors in devices with mechanical and electrical sensors.

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I come from a Land Down Under—Where the Bulletin goes to explore ceramic wonder

By April Gocha / September 18, 2014

The latest issue of the ACerS Bulletin—including features on the Australian ceramics industry, CAREER awards Ceramics Class of 2014, and the MS&T14 pre-meeting planner—is now available online!

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Science communications gets fresh (and smart) down under

By / June 13, 2011

Can you explain your research to a coworker? That’s probably fairly easy. How about your spouse? Or your parents? Get’s a little trickier, doesn’t it? But, of course, they know your educational background and have probably heard you drop a few technical terms here and there, so it might not be too much of a…

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U.K.’s Institute of Refractories Engineers to turn 50

By / March 7, 2011

While still a youngster by ACerS’ standards, the U.K.-based Institute for Refractories Engineers will mark its fifth decade of existence in November 2011. The IRE was launched in Dudley, England, in 1961. At the time, this West Midlands locale was a hub of the coal, limestone, iron, steel and glass industries, so of roots of…

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