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By Jim Destefani / July 2, 2013

Sound waves precisely position nanowires Researchers at Penn State University are using sound waves to position nanowires in repeatable patterns for potential use in a variety of sensors, optoelectronics and nanoscale circuits. The researchers looked at the placement of metallic nanowires in solution on a piezoelectric substrate, applying an alternating current to the substrate to…

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New NIST-led consortium aims to improve process for making ‘soft materials’

By / July 13, 2012

(Editor’s note: Eileen and I are traveling and preparing for the International Ceramics Congress that begins this weekend, so we had to put our normal writing on hold for a little bit. In place of our usual posts, we are bringing you a variety of good stories and videos issued prepared by various institutions. Look…

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National Research Council names 16 tech priorities for NASA

By Eileen De Guire / February 3, 2012

Space Shuttle Atlantis at liftoff in Feb. 2001 on a mission to deliver the module, Destiny, to the ISS. Development of lightweight materials for spacecraft of the future will reduce fuel requirements and increase payload budgets. Credit: NASA. “Success in executing future NASA space missions will depend on advanced technology developments that should already be…

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Nanomaterials safety research: National Academies sound alarm and urges cohesive plan

By / January 26, 2012

Framework for new report by a committee of the National Research Council for the National Academies. Credit: NRC. Nano environmental health and safety is clearly an important topic and one that is frequently referenced at materials conferences I have attended. But despite all the balloon juice, it seems to me that work over the last…

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National Research Council: PHEV pessimism, energy’s hidden costs (and a few surprises)

By / May 24, 2010

A new National Research Council report starts to get at the real costs of energy versus what everyone pays at the gas pump or to their utility company. Damage to human health from burning coal for electricity, for example, totaled about $62 billion in 2005. Driving motor vehicles produced $56 billion in health and other…

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Apply to be a National Academies Graduate Fellow

By / September 24, 2009

The National Academies have just announced that they are soliciting applications for the next two sessions of their Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Graduate Fellowship Program. One is a Winter-Spring session (Feb. 3 – April 28, 2010) and the other is a Summer session (Aug. 30 – Nov. 19, 2010). Both take place in Washington,…

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Video of the week – Postdoc opportunities at NIST’s Materials Science and Engineering Lab

By / July 15, 2009

Every year, the Materials Science and Engineering Lab receives more than 50 applications for National Research Council–NIST postdoctoral fellowships. Out of this pool of applicants, there are 10 to 15 successful appointments. MSEL programs are significantly enriched by the fresh ideas and talent brought by NRC postdocs. In turn, the postdocs enjoy close interactions with…

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