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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, could be used to engineer ultrathin films with “tunable” superconductivity for higher-efficiency electronic devices. The thinner the material (and the higher its transition temperature to…

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Berkeley National Lab receives $1.8M to spread energy efficiency

By / September 19, 2009

Lawrence Berkley National Lab has been commissioned to beef up the energy efficiency of several federal agencies. A press release from LBNL states that $1.8 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will be used to implement advanced technologies in lighting, HVAC and control systems. “This funding will help implement energy efficiency…

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DOE allocates another $327M to labs, schools

By / August 5, 2009

In its final round of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-based awards, the DOE says it is going to provide money for science research projects at 10 federal labs and schools. For the record, this latest announcement brings the total amount of ARRA funding coming out of the DOE to $1.6 billion, all that Congress set…

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High-Temp Superconductivity Overview

By / April 9, 2009

Peter Johnson from the Brookhaven National lab explains the basics of high temperature superconductivity and why it can make a profound impact on energy usage and transmission. Yes – it ends somewhat abruptly.

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Video of the week – High-temp superconductivity overview

By / December 31, 2008

[flash /ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/hightemp_superconductivity.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/hightemp_superconductivity.jpg}]   Peter Johnson from the Brookhaven National lab explains the basics of high temperature superconductivity and why it can make a profound impact on energy usage and transmission. Yes – it ends somewhat abruptly.

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Shucks, making man-made ‘nacre’ isn’t so hard

By / December 7, 2008

Two different approaches to the creation of materials that could be described as artificial nacre – nacre being that super strong substance produced in nature by some mollusks and something of a Holy Grail pursued by materials scientists – have recently been announced. First some background on why nacre is so strong, courtesy of the…

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