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Additive manufacturing for everything from penguin beaks to electrophoretic deposition—and Easter chocolates

By April Gocha / April 18, 2014

The media for additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, run the gamut, but new developments widen the scope for electrophoretic deposition techniques and put Easter chocolates into the list of outputs for new 3D printers.

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Patents suggest Apple iPhone 6 may have transparent texting on smudge-proof sapphire screens

By April Gocha / March 29, 2014

With the Apple iPhone 6 set for release later this year, the rumors have begun–the latest patent applications suggest transparent texting technology and smudge-proof sapphire screens.

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Tesla Motors aspires to double world production of lithium-ion batteries with new battery ‘giga factory’

By April Gocha / February 26, 2014

Tesla plans to boost production and shipment of Model S electric cars in 2014, necessitating a “giga factory” to double world production of lithium ion batteries to power its fleet.

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Ceramic materials, glut of silicon cells drive global solar markets

By Jim Destefani / August 13, 2013

Located in Northern New Mexico, the Cimarron solar facility uses 490,000 ground mounted Cd-Te thin-film solar cells from First Solar to produce up to 30 MW of power. (Credit: First Solar.) Driven by dramatically decreasing hardware costs, the installed cost of solar photovoltaic systems fell in 2012 and through the first half of this year,…

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Other materials science stories that may be of interest

By / May 29, 2012

Bed made to float with neodymium magnets. Credit: mememetatata; imgur. Check ’em out: Tiny chip could test for latent TB faster Biomedical engineers at UC Davis have developed a microfluidic chip to test for latent tuberculosis. They hope the test will be cheaper, faster and more reliable than current testing for the disease. The researchers used…

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Video: On Bloom Energy’s new East Coast SOFC plant and massive Delaware deal

By / April 30, 2012

Credit: Katie Fehrenbacher, GigaOm. Bloom Energy is making a big push to establish a foothold along the Eastern Seaboard. Today, Bloom is holding a ground-breaking ceremony a its new “Bloom Box” solid oxide fuel cell manufacturing plant in Newark, Delaware, at a site that was once a Chrysler assembly plant (Bloom’s other manufacturing is in…

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