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Special whisky glass designed for out-of-this-world cocktails

By Stephanie Liverani / September 11, 2015

One day, space tourism will be a reality for the lucky few who can afford the journey. And when that day comes, a celebratory cocktail will be in order. So the makers of Ballantine Scotch are funding the development of the perfect open-topped cup for drinking whisky in microgravity.

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Ceramics and the $148 billion ethylene industry

By Eileen De Guire / January 14, 2013

Dow Chemical production plant in Freeport, Texas. The company plans to build an new ethylene production plant in Freeport by 2017. Credit: Dow Chemical Co. Last week I told you about the extremely harsh environments in reverse-flow pyrolysis reactors and how “ceramic dusting” can be brought on by high process temperatures combined with cycling between…

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Haiti’s materials debris problem still slowing infrastructure rebuilding

By / November 18, 2010

Remains of Montana Hotel, Port-au-Prince. Credit: Joshua Lee Kelsey, USN. An ACerS Cements Division member tipped me off to an op-ed in the New York Times that appeared this summer that I (and probably many others) overlooked, but is still timely for many reasons. It It was written by three of the member’s colleagues at…

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Friedman says the solar problem is . . .

By / September 17, 2009

Well, actually it is quite hard to tell what NYT columnist Thomas Friedman is saying about the solar industry. Like a lot of what he writes, his latest worry-fest is profound, yet kinda stupid. His “woe-is-us” premise is that the United States is the font of solar energy technology (not exactly true, although in this…

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Solar panel prices dropping

By / September 1, 2009

The New York Times reported last week that the price of solar panels has dropped 40 percent in a little more than a year. That’s good news for consumers who have been scared off by the initial upfront costs for installing a solar array. The federal 30 percent subsidy for renewable energy projects has helped…

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Incandescent bulbs, take 2

By / July 17, 2009

With a hat tip to Gizmag, I want to point out that the New York Times has a recent story about efforts to enhance the efficiencies of incandescent light bulbs and rehab the image of these old workhorses. The story discusses a line of incandescents from Philips Lighting called “Halogena Energy Savers” and the work…

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