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Glass Innovation: What are Q-Glasses?

A team of researchers has reported possible evidence for a new category of solids.
March 1, 2014

"Very weird. Strangest material I ever saw,” says Lyle Levine, materials physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).


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Impulse Firing Technology

Impulse burners can help ceramic manufacturers save energy and comply with emissions guidelines.
March 1, 2014

The application of impulse burning in ceramic combustion began in 1958. The combustion was mainly done with light or heavy oil.


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Investing in Ceramics: Rookwood Pottery Opens Boutique Store

The store will sell all Rookwood Pottery art tile and pottery, as well as original pieces from its artists.
March 1, 2014

For the first time in its 133-year history, the Rookwood Pottery Co. has opened its own boutique to showcase its full line of art pieces.


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A Sense of Brick

The Petersen Tegl brickworks is not just a site where the famous Kolumba is made. For more than two centuries, it has also been a family home.
February 1, 2014

The moment you turn down Nybølnorvej in Nybølnor, Denmark, there is no mistaking what kind of place this is.


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High Acoustic Frequency Imaging

Tiny ceramic chip capacitors can be screened for defects using high acoustic frequency imaging.
February 1, 2014

An internal structural defect in a ceramic chip capacitor becomes activated when it expands to create an electrical leakage path between two adjacent electrode layers.


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Materials Innovation: Making a Gem of a Tiny Crystal

Slowly cooled DNA transforms disordered nanoparticles into orderly crystal.
February 1, 2014

Nature builds flawless diamonds, sapphires and other gems. Now a Northwestern University research team is reportedly the first to build near-perfect single crystals out of nanoparticles and DNA, using the same structure favored by nature.


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Improving Optical Fiber Throughput

Researchers have discovered a way to increase optical fiber capacity and boost telecommunications throughput by a factor of 10.
February 1, 2014

Optical fibers carry data in the form of pulses of light over distances of thousands of miles at amazing speeds.


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Raw & Manufactured Materials: 2014 Overview

Recovering construction markets are providing opportunities for some traditional ceramic materials, while new and expanding technical applications are helping to drive advanced materials.
January 2, 2014

According to a recent report from BCC Research, the global market value of the abrasive grains segment of the worldwide abrasives market was $8.9 billion in 2011.


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Exploring the ROI of Safety

Implementing a vacuum conveying system for transport of bulk dry materials can increase safety and profitability.
December 2, 2013

Workplace injuries in any organization take a bite out of profits. A wealth of data, statistics and surveys is available from scores of organizations regarding occupational illness and injuries.


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Glass Innovations: Shattering Records

Researchers at Cornell develop world's thinnest sheet of glass.
December 2, 2013

 At just a molecule thick, it’s a new record: The world’s thinnest sheet of glass, a serendipitous discovery by scientists at Cornell and Germany’s University of Ulm, is recorded for posterity in the Guinness Book of World Records.  


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