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Content posted in November 2012
Just How Toxic Are Carbon Nanotubes?
Engineering Materials 
11/29/2012  32 comments
Researchers at Texas Tech University have come up with a new method for detecting extremely small CNTs in soils, which will help determine their toxicity.
Wind Power Operating, Maintenance Costs Drop 38 Percent
Engineering Materials 
11/28/2012  41 comments
The costs of wind power are falling, not only for turbine cost and performance, but also for operating and maintaining onshore wind farms. In just the last four years, operation and maintenance costs have dropped 38 percent.
BASF, TenCate Join Forces on Car Composites
Engineering Materials 
11/26/2012  11 comments
BASF and TenCate Advanced Composites have joined forces to develop and produce glass and carbon continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastics for high-volume car production.
NASA 3D Prints Rocket Engine Parts
Engineering Materials 
11/21/2012  24 comments
NASA is using 3D printing to build engine parts for its next-generation heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System.
3-Island Pacific Nation Goes 100 Percent Renewable
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11/14/2012  19 comments
A new system will make residents of a small Pacific nation dependent on solar power and biofuel from local coconuts for electricity.
Aerospace Fasteners Mix It Up
Engineering Materials 
11/8/2012  8 comments
Fasteners and fastening systems for spacecraft and commercial aircraft are getting stronger, more reliable, and more varied.
First Civil Jet Flies on 100 Percent Non-Food Biofuel
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11/7/2012  28 comments
The first civil jet to fly on 100 percent biofuel that meets petroleum jet fuel specifications took to the skies Oct. 29 in a test flight in Ottawa, Ontario.
European Commission Limits Food-Based Biofuel
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11/2/2012  21 comments
The European Commission wants to limit the use of food crops as a source of biofuel and instead promote non-food sources, such as algae, straw, and various types of waste.




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