1. Ceramic hydrogen separation membrane enables clean energy

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    As April Gocha noted in her piece on CeramicTechToday (December 13, 2016) “Fossil fuels still largely power our world – but their combustion creates a host of harmful waste gases.” Growing use of renewable energy sources helps decrease the production of these waste products. Furthermore, there are now novel technologies available that make fossil fuel utilization a cleaner process. Ceramic hydrogen separation membranes offer the possibility of not only helping to cut greenhouse gases from waste gas streams, but also to convert some of...
  2. LEDs now at home at Niagara Falls

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    Since the late 1990’s, Niagara Falls have been lit with 21 Xenon spotlights… that is, until mid-December of this year. Lighting the mighty Niagara Falls actually goes back some 150 plus years. In 1860, the Falls were illuminated in celebration of the then Prince of Wales with about 200 coloured and white calcium, volcanic and torpedo lights. These lights were called “Bengal lights” and were the kind used at sea to signal for help or give warning. Electricity was first...
  3. Rubidium Raises Perovskite Solar Cells Efficiency

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    I’m a relative novice when it comes to perovskite solar cells (PSC), but they certainly have been hitting the material science media recently. We have even posted articles here on Rare Metals Matters previously, as PSC’s have many advanced materials connections. On October 11, I noted that PSCs were one of the World Economic Forum’s Top 10 Emerging Technologies for 2016 and in September of this year we posted a brief description on the connection of tin to PSC –...
  4. Moving People with Assistive Technology

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    We’ve shared numerous articles over the years that illustrate a wide range of advanced medical technologies that have been made possible through miniaturization, or increased sensing, communications and computing capacities…all enabled by advanced materials. This past October, two events clearly profiled some of these advances. The first saw a paralysed man shake hands with US President Barack Obama by using a mind-controlled robotic arm that is helping restore his sense of touch. Tiny chips implanted in Mr. Copeland’s brain let...
  5. World Economic Forum’s Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2016

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    New technologies seem to be being announced faster than ever (and a lot of them I describe for you here each month!), holding promise of solving many of the world’s most pressing challenges, be it food and water security, energy sustainability or medical treatments. The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies recently noted that “in the past year alone, 3D printing has been used for medical purposes; lighter, cheaper and flexible electronics made from organic materials have found...

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