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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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Mechanism offered for how seawater could corrode nuclear fuel

By / January 31, 2012

Damaged seawater pump used to cool cores of Fukushima-Daiichi reactors. Credit: IAEA Image Bank. When Japanese officials acted out of desperation and used seawater to cool the cores at the Fukushima-Daiichi reactors last year, it looks like they made the right call. But, others that might be tempted to use seawater to cool fuel rods in…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By / January 28, 2012

Computer simulations show that metal oxides in water go through many short-lived shapes and structures (see story below). Credit: William Casey, UC Davis. Check ’em out: Scorpions inspire scientists in making tougher surfaces for machinery Researchers studied the bumps and grooves on the scorpions’ backs, scanning the creatures with a 3D laser device and developing…

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LED disposal safety questioned

By / February 28, 2011

Credit: Piccolo Namek, Wikipedia. I really had intended to give the topic of LEDs a rest for a while. But while catching up on some reading, I came across a story suggesting that, while LEDs have performance advantages over incandescents and CFLs, one can’t assume that LEDs are free from disposal problems. In fact, the…

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Ceramists shed new light on amorphous calcium carbonate changes, effects of CO2 storage

By / September 9, 2010

Schematic of proposed CO2 underground storage by Spectra Energy in western Canada. With several proposals related to the conversion of sequestered CO2 to carbonates being considered by the science community, a team of University of California at Davis researchers say their new discoveries about the transformational and crystallization of amorphous calcium carbonate will help fill…

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MS&T’09 keynoter Jeffrey Wadsworth wins materials award

By / October 22, 2009

ACerS member Jeffrey Wadsworth has just been named the winner of the National Materials Achievement Award from the Federation of Materials Societies (of which, ACerS is a member). Wadsworth, president and CEO of Battelle Memorial Institute, will receive the award in formal ceremonies at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on Dec. 9, 2009.…

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