Category Archives: Manufacturing

Rare earths revisited: Monopoly broken but security issues remain

As readers of my blog know, I have an abiding interest in rare earth metals, since they are such a fundamental source of technology for use in computers, TV and other displays, windmills, medical imaging….the list goes on and on.  As … Continue reading

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Projecting carbon fiber composites for mass auto market: Several factors are involved

This blog has periodically posted articles on the growing use of carbon fiber composites, noting their strength and light weight, relative to steel, and their downside of high cost.  These materials are now in prime use in large airliners and in … Continue reading

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Finally: Synthetic silk!

Historically, garments and other textiles were made from natural fibers, principally cotton, wool and silk. Of these, silk was the most prized for its strength, dyeability, and smooth, non-slippery texture. But its supply was very limited as it was the product of the … Continue reading

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All solar; all the time

Can a sentence including the words “solar” and “Tesla” make sense. Cars can not run on solar roof panels, but such a sentence would make sense if it also includes Elon Musk who is the CEO of both his eponymous car company … Continue reading

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Nanocrystals for tagging: A possible breakthrough

Research carried out at MIT and funded by the National Science Foundation, the Army Research Office and National Institute of Health has led to the successful development  of tiny, smartphone-readable particles that, inventors say, could be used to authenticate currency (see also … Continue reading

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Chemicals Manufacturing: New Technologies, New Thinking

Consider this quote from a high level Chinese spokesman: As supply of capital, land and other factors is on the decline and resource and environmental restriction become more serious, the proportion of first and second industries, which consume capital, land … Continue reading

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Looking toward a technology future

The end of the year is a good time both for reflection and look-ahead, I thought that an article from yesterday’s New York Post, taken from publications by scholars from Stanford and Duke, is worth covering in this blog, though some of this … Continue reading

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