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MCARE 2016 wrap-up: Sustainable, safe, efficient energy harvesting and storage solutions a top materials challenge

By Stephanie Liverani / April 22, 2016

Materials Challenges in Alternative and Renewable Energy (MCARE) was held April 18–21 in Clearwater, Fla., and drew nearly 200 materials scientists, researchers, and engineers from 30 countries. And everyone seems to agree that sustainable solutions for efficient energy harvesting and storage across all industries is the ultimate goal.

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Raise the photovoltaic roof: Rooftop and utility-scale solar prices are on the decline

By Jessica McMathis / November 18, 2014

According to a news release, two reports—Utility Scale Solar and Tracking the Sun—from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory show that solar costs substantially less than it did in recent years.

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Recap and photos from Cements Division meeting in Austin, Texas

By Eileen De Guire / June 22, 2012

Last week’s Cements Division meeting and symposium focused on computational tools applied to cement research and development. Here, David Lange, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, asks Ed Garboczi a question at the end of the Della Roy Lecture. Credit: ACerS. Last week the ACerS Cements Division held its annual meeting at the University of Texas at…

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ARPA-E awards $37.3M for disruptive thermal storage innovations, materials

By / October 13, 2011

Abengoa, designer of novel concentrating solar power towers, is a participant in several new ARPA-E funded projects for storing thermal energy. Credit: Abengoa Last week Eileen reported on ARPA-E’s new awards in rare-earth alternative technologies. This week I thought I would take a look at APRA-E’s $37.3 million initiative to find a disruptive thermal storage…

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Cements division announces officers, fellows, Brunauer Award and posters winner

By / July 26, 2011

Above, Vanderbilt’s Catherine Gay presented the talk “Dispersion of CNFs in Cement Composites” at the recent 2nd Advances in Cement-based Materials meeting organized by ACerS Cements Division and ACBM. Credit: P. Wray, ACerS. Monday was a busy day at the Cements Division meeting, hosted by Vandy’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, with lots of…

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Superior heat transfer ability of graphene-on-substrate demonstrated

By / April 15, 2010

Those engineering electronic devices always have had to factor in the use of special materials that can conduct heat away from crucial components. Bulk copper’s thermal conductivity is pretty good at around 400 watts per meter per kelvin, but this ability decreases as the copper approaches film-size dimensions. Diamond has long been known to have…

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Oobleck Explained, Sorta

By / April 9, 2009

The staff at Science Friday, gets two experts, University of Michigan’s Robert Deegan and University of Texas’ Harry Swinney, to unravel what is going on with dancing oobleck.

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Son of Oobleck

By / April 9, 2009

One can never get enough oobleck! Instead of running across it, this time, our video features Faraday waves, fingers and vortex (and vortices). This video is courtesy of the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Three selected for national hypersonic centers

By / March 31, 2009

NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate and the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Office of Scientific Research have tapped the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Texas A&M University in College Station and Teledyne Scientific & Imaging LLC of Thousand Oaks, Calif. to be the nation’s hypersonic science centers. The new centers will focus on Mach 5 aircraft…

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Video of the week: Son of oobleck

By / February 9, 2009

[flash /ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/son_of_oobleck.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/son_of_oobleck.jpg}]   One can never get enough oobleck! Instead of running across it, this time, our video features Faraday waves, fingers and vortex (and vortices). This video is courtesy of the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics at the University of Texas at Austin.

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