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Glass Made of Ideas
Posted On: October 7, 2014

By: Mike Souza

About 90 percent of all the data in the world was created in just the past few years. Much of that information is moved, accessed, and stored through fiber optics and glass substrates that make possible everything from the huge data warehouses that power our favorite e-commerce sites to the thumb drive you take home at night. Without glass, information would be helplessly fixed, incapable of reaching its full potential. For this reason, perhaps the Information Age is a misnomer for our time -- we’re really living in the Glass Age. [...] » Read More
Posted On: September 23, 2014

By: Joe Hale

Nuclear power plants are stringent about safety and control. Protocols spell out the steps to resolve emergency scenarios ranging from equipment failures to loss of power to an inability to cool the reactor core, allowing crews to quickly address and prevent disasters. But what about the events that can’t be predicted? [...] » Read More
Posted On: September 15, 2014

By: Ed Hart

When observed under an electron microscope, porous glass resembles the elegant structure of coral. Yet don’t let the material’s beauty fool you; like many kinds of glass, its true gift is its strength. Porous glass is an often unsung hero in fields as diverse as medicine, aerospace, defense, and oil and gas. [...] » Read More
Posted On: August 12, 2014

By: Karen Wegert

This post is part of our “Tough as Glass” series.

Fireplaces are the centerpiece of many homes, adding warmth and aesthetic appeal. Glass-sealed fireplaces offer the beauty of a natural fire while securing soot, ash, and flames behind a glass-ceramic barrier that must withstand extreme heat and cooling. In order to ensure that barrier remains intact despite the heat of the fire and the potential for breakage and thermal shock, SCHOTT puts its ROBAX glass-ceramic through three major tests. [...] » Read More
Posted On: July 29, 2014

By: Jim Stein

History teaches that to observe, and then to understand, is the first step to victory. At one point a wooden horse full of Soldiers was all you needed to sack a city. Too bad the Trojans didn’t have today’s imaging technology -- the Greeks never would have made it past the gate. [...] » Read More
Posted On: July 22, 2014

By: Karen Wegert

This post is part of our “Tough as Glass” series.

Cooktops see a lot of action. These glass surfaces must survive extreme temperature fluxes, heavy pots and pans, and daily wear for decades. For those reasons, the test methods used to measure the strength of glass-ceramic closely resemble everyday situations. Glass-ceramic behaves differently depending on the shape and contact area of the impact item. Therefore cooktops are tested with a compact ball impactor and a flat pan impactor. [...] » Read More
Posted On: July 7, 2014

By: Karen Wegert

This post is part of our “Tough as Glass” series.

Glass is an incredibly strong material. It can withstand extreme temperature swings and last years without warping. And every sheet of technical glass you encounter must ace a rigorous series of tests to prove it’ll hold up in the real world. Especially fire-rated glass-ceramic windows and doors. [...] » Read More
Posted On: June 25, 2014

By: Eric Urruti

Making the invisible visible has long been a specialty of the U.S. military. Infrared (IR) systems that display thermal images improve soldiers’ situational awareness at night, through fog, in rain or snow, and more by showing the heat signatures of vehicles and people that can’t be seen by the naked eye. Over the past few decades, IR technology has achieved step-change improvements in defense applications, sharpening images and reducing the size, weight, and power of the systems aiding MATVs, aircraft, and head-mounted displays. But now IR technology first championed by the defense community is spreading its roots to a number of new industries and applications. [...] » Read More