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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.

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.

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.

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.

 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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Nanostructured Ceramics

The ability to "design" materials at the nano-level offers significant opportunities.

Over recent decades, nanotechnology has transformed technologies and materials across a wide range of industry sectors.


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Digging Deep Case Study: Clamshell Furnaces Help Determine Feasibility of Geothermic Fuel Cells

Clamshell furnaces are helping researchers explore the potential for goethermic fuel cells.

Neal Sullivan is no stranger to challenging projects. As director of the Colorado Fuel Cell Center (CFCC) at the Colorado School of Mines, Sullivan oversees research on solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), polymer-electrolyte membranes (PEMs), advanced materials, and much more. It’s safe to say he’s tackling innovative solutions every day.


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BIA Award Winners Honored for Best in Brick Design

Awards include green building practices and renovation/restoration.

The Brick Industry Association (BIA) recently honored architecture that incorporates fired clay brick with its 2013 Brick in Architecture Awards.


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Preventing the Contribution of Aperture Stops in the Flash Technique

Thermal diffusivity measurements can be improved through field view optimization in the sensing area.

Now more than ever, in an increasingly competitive, technology-driven environment, efficiently devised heat transfer processes are at the heart of success.


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Sapphire: An Extreme Performer

Synthetic sapphire’s versatility and ability to withstand extreme conditions make it a viable candidate for a number of applications.

 Sapphire, the single crystal form of alumina (Al2O3), was first synthesized more than a century ago, but the most exciting advances associated with this versatile material are taking place today.  


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Refractories Roundtable

The refractories industry faces challenges, but many opportunities are available.

According to a study released earlier this year by The Freedonia Group, demand in the worldwide refractories market is expected to grow 3.4% per year through 2016, reaching 46.3 million metric tons valued at $46.5 billion in product sales.


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