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  • To improve today’s concrete, do as the Romans did

    06/05/2013 9:16:34 AM PDT · by Renfield · 45 replies
    Berkeley (Univ) News ^ | 6-4-2013 | Sarah Yang
    In a quest to make concrete more durable and sustainable, an international team of geologists and engineers has found inspiration in the ancient Romans, whose massive concrete structures have withstood the elements for more than 2,000 years.Sample of ancient Roman maritime concrete from Pozzuoli Bay near Naples, Italy. Its diameter is 9 centimeters, and it is composed of mortar formulated from lime, volcanic ash and chunks of volcanic tuff. (Carol Hagen photo) Using the Advanced Light Source at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), a research team from the University of California, Berkeley, examined the fine-scale structure of Roman concrete....
  • Anodizing (Or the beauty of corrosion)

    02/06/2016 8:20:33 PM PST · by Utilizer · 26 replies
    YouTube ^ | Published on Feb 24, 2014 | Anna Berney
    Anodizing (Or the beauty of corrosion) Bill describes how metals like aluminum and titanium are made resistant to corrosion by growing an oxide layer into the metals. These is the same process used on many Apple products.
  • Allegheny Co. public works supervisor accused of stealing 11,000 lbs. of aluminum

    11/03/2015 8:04:15 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 24 replies ^ | Nov. 2, 2015 | uncredited
    ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PA - Channel 11's Joe Holden confirmed Monday that a regional maintenance supervisor for Allegheny County Region 1 has been charged with theft and receiving stolen property. According to the criminal complaint, James Schrott is accused of stealing more than 11,000 pounds of aluminum signs. County police said the signage is valued at more than $21,000. Schrott has been suspended without pay, a county spokeswoman said. The criminal complaint named Steven Beswick as Schrott's accomplice. According to arrest papers, county workers set up a sting and were able to track the aluminum to a local scrap yard. Investigators...
  • Secret Foreign Ministry document: Venezuela sends uranium to Iran

    05/25/2009 1:37:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies · 1,062+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5/25/2009 | ap
    Venezuela and Bolivia are supplying Iran with uranium for its nuclear program, according to a secret Israeli government report obtained Monday by The Associated Press. The two South American countries are known to have close ties with Iran, but this is the first allegation that they are involved in the development of Iran's nuclear program, considered a strategic threat by Israel.
  • 'They're not going to get away with this': Anger mounts at EPA over mining spill

    08/10/2015 10:34:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 96 replies
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Anger was mounting Monday at the federal Environmental Protection Agency over the massive spill of millions of gallons of toxic sludge from a Colorado gold mine that has already fouled three major waterways and may be three times bigger than originally reported. An 80-mile length of mustard-colored water -- laden with arsenic, lead, copper, aluminum and cadmium -- is working its way south toward New Mexico and Utah, following Wednesday's accidental release from the Gold King Mine, near Durango, when an EPA cleanup crew destabilized a dam of loose rock lodged in the mine. The crew was...
  • Researchers Finding Applications for Tough Spinel Ceramic [Transparent Aluminum]

    04/27/2015 6:26:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | Apr 24, 2015 | Provided by Naval Research Laboratory
    Imagine a glass window that's tough like armor, a camera lens that doesn't get scratched in a sand storm, or a smart phone that doesn't break when dropped. Except it's not glass, it's a special ceramic called spinel {spin-ELL} that the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has been researching over the last 10 years. "Spinel is actually a mineral, it's magnesium aluminate," says Dr. Jas Sanghera, who leads the research. "The advantage is it's so much tougher, stronger, harder than glass. It provides better protection in more hostile environments—so it can withstand sand and rain erosion." As a more durable...
  • Beyond the lithium ion—a significant step toward a better performing battery

    04/17/2015 2:27:18 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 04-17-2015 | Provided by University of Illinois at Chicago
    The race is on around the world as scientists strive to develop a new generation of batteries that can perform beyond the limits of the current lithium-ion based battery. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have taken a significant step toward the development of a battery that could outperform the lithium-ion technology used in electric cars such as the Chevy Volt. They have shown they can replace the lithium ions, each of which carries a single positive charge, with magnesium ions, which have a plus-two charge, in battery-like chemical reactions, using an electrode with a structure like those...
  • Ultra-fast charging aluminum battery offers safe alternative to conventional batteries

    04/06/2015 1:10:36 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 82 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 04/06/2015 | Provided by Stanford University
    Stanford University scientists have invented the first high-performance aluminum battery that's fast-charging, long-lasting and inexpensive. Researchers say the new technology offers a safe alternative to many commercial batteries in wide use today. "We have developed a rechargeable aluminum battery that may replace existing storage devices, such as alkaline batteries, which are bad for the environment, and lithium-ion batteries, which occasionally burst into flames," said Hongjie Dai, a professor of chemistry at Stanford. "Our new battery won't catch fire, even if you drill through it." Dai and his colleagues describe their novel aluminum-ion battery in "An ultrafast rechargeable aluminum-ion battery," in...
  • Stanford team develops super-fast charging aluminium battery. (7000+ cycles without capacity decay.)

    04/11/2015 6:43:06 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 30 replies
    The Royal Society of Chemistry ^ | April 7, 2015 | Tim Wogan
    Aluminium ions are stored between layers of graphite when the battery is charged A new rival to the lithium-ion battery has been created that charges in under a minute and still performs almost perfectly after being recharged thousands of times. The new battery is based on aluminium instead of lithium, which should make it both cheaper and safer than their lithium-ion competitors. The U.S. team behind the aluminium-ion battery say that the technology could find its way into the home, help store renewable energy for the power grid and even power vehicles. The aluminium-ion battery is conceptually similar to the...
  • Window advice needed (NOT Microsoft)

    04/07/2015 6:08:45 PM PDT · by gop4lyf · 42 replies
    me ^ | 4/7/2015 | me
    I need to replace several windows in my house to get it ready to sell. I have had a few estimates made and frankly, I cannot afford to have them professionally done. Even if I could, I wouldn't recoup half of what i would spend. Therefore, I am endeavoring to man up and buy the windows and install them myself. I have seen a few Youtube videos (I know, I know) on replacing aluminum windows, but in two rooms I have these double hung, side by side windows. I guess what I really need is some advice on how to...
  • Energy Department Gives $259 Million ‘Green’ Conditional Loan to Politically Connected Corporation

    04/01/2015 7:29:26 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    National Review -- The Corner ^ | 3-31-15 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    The Department of Energy’s disastrous loan program lost taxpayers at least $780 million as companies like Solyndra, Fisker Automotive, and Abound Solar crashed and burned. But as I write today, after a four-year hiatus, the Energy Department has announced a new fuel-efficient-vehicle loan — a $259 million conditional award to Alcoa. It’s a pretty sweet deal: The Energy Department touts on its website how this loan program “offers attractive financing for U.S. auto industry,” including no application fees, a closing fee of just 0.1 percent, and interest rates estimated at no more than 4 percent. Of course, one might wonder...
  • What is Mars Made Of?

    02/25/2015 3:19:43 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 79 replies ^ | February 25, 2015 | Matt Williams on
    Like Earth, the interior of Mars has undergone a process known as differentiation. This is where a planet, due to its physical or chemical compositions, forms into layers, with denser materials concentrated at the center and less dense materials closer to the surface. In Mars’ case, this translates to a core that is between 1700 and 1850 km (1050 – 1150 mi) in radius and composed primarily of iron, nickel and sulfur. This core is surrounded by a silicate mantle that clearly experienced tectonic and volcanic activity in the past, but which now appears to be dormant. Besides silicon and...
  • Fired CIA agent seeks FBI probe of WMD intelligence

    08/03/2005 9:41:19 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 81 replies · 1,845+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8-1-05
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A fired CIA agent, who a newspaper says told superiors in 2001 that Iraq had abandoned part of its nuclear program, is asking the FBI to investigate allegations that the spy agency dismissed him for refusing to falsify intelligence. A July 11 letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller from the former agent's attorney suggests CIA officials may be guilty of criminal violations involving intelligence he produced on weapons of mass destruction in 2000 that contradicted an official agency position. The former agent's attorney, Roy Krieger, said his client initially asked the CIA's inspector general to investigate charges...
  • Aluminium poisoning may trigger Alzheimer’s disease, claims professor

    10/14/2014 1:01:10 PM PDT · by opentalk · 85 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | October 13, 2014 | Sarah Knapton
    Professor Chrisopher Exley of Keele University claims that aluminium present in everyday items like cosmetics and food may be building up in the brain and causing Alzheimer's disease Aluminium poisoning may be fuelling Alzheimer’s disease, a leading professor has claimed.Professor Chrisopher Exley, of Keele University, said that exposure to the metal causes deposits in the human brain which can exacerbate other problems...Aluminium, he argues, is now added to or used in almost everything we eat, drink, inject or absorb. The metal is abundant in the Earth’s crust and is naturally absorbed from the soil by plants and foodstuffs. But aluminium...
  • San Diego Man Sues U.S. Government Over a Penny

    04/09/2014 7:34:27 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 58 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | April 9, 2014 | Christian De La Rosa
    <p>SAN DIEGO — A San Diego man and an antique shop owner in La Jolla have entered a legal battle with the U.S. government over a penny.</p> <p>When Randy Lawrence brought his rare penny to the La Jolla Coin Shop he was pleasantly surprised. The coin is one of a kind; a Denver minted, aluminum penny, estimated to be worth about $250,000.</p>
  • The 2105 Ford F-150 Looks Even Better live

    01/13/2014 8:06:08 AM PST · by taildragger · 90 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 1/13/2014 | Matt Hardigree
    At the 2015 Ford F-150 reveal Bill Ford trotted out what he hopes to be a "tougher and smarter" look for their iconic pickup. With tidy proportions, an imposing face and a glorious panoramic sunroof, that look is good.
  • Controversy After Viral Video Shows What Happens When You Pour Molten Aluminum Down Ant Hill

    12/13/2013 9:43:47 AM PST · by bigbob · 66 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12-12-13 | Oliver Darcy
    A viral video showing an individual “casting a fire ant colony with molten aluminum” stirred controversy on the Internet this week. The video, originally uploaded in November, but only gained widespread attention on Dec. 9, shows an individual pour molten aluminum down an ant hill. The result? An aluminum casting of the ant colony weighing nearly 18 pounds. But, the artist seems to have come under fire from critics who argue the process is barbaric. “I disabled comments because I’m sick of your bickering,” the individual wrote in the video’s YouTube description. “Also, I couldn’t get YouTube to stop sending...
  • Violent Past: Young sun withstood a supernova blast

    10/27/2013 6:03:53 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 62 replies
    Science News ^ | May 23, 2007 | Ron Cowen
    Martin Bizzarro of the University of Copenhagen and his colleagues set out to determine the amount of iron in the early solar system. To do so, they measured nickel-60, a decay product of iron-60, in eight meteorites known to have formed at different times during the first 3 million years of the solar system. The meteorites that formed more than about a million years after the start of the solar system contain significantly more nickel-60 than do those that formed earlier, the team found. In a neighborhood of young stars, only a supernova could have produced iron-60, the parent of...
  • Alcoa all done in Auburn (50 laid-off in Indiana automotive manuf. plant closing)

    12/04/2012 12:45:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    KPC-TV News ^ | December 4, 2012 | Dave Kurtz
    Alcoa said Tuesday that it will lay off all 43 employees at its Auburn plant and “curtail” the plant by the end of March 2013. The company told employees about its plan in meetings Monday. “While this was a difficult decision made necessary by market conditions, we wanted to give our employees as much notice as possible. We recognize how deeply this impacts them, and we are working to support them through this transition process,” said Monica Orbe, director of communications for Alcoa Engineered Products and Solutions, based in New York, N.Y. Orbe used the word “curtail” to describe Alcoa’s...
  • Ford's Trade-In: Truck to Use Aluminum in Place of Steel

    07/27/2012 2:33:00 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 139 replies
    WSJ ^ | 07/26/2012 | MIKE RAMSEY
    <p>ALLEN PARK, Mich.—In this suburb just west of Detroit, Ford Motor Co. is working on one of the biggest gambles in its 108-year history: a pickup truck with a largely aluminum body.</p> <p>The radical redesign will help meet tougher federal fuel-economy targets now starting to have wide-ranging effects on Detroit's auto makers. But Ford will have to overcome a host of manufacturing obstacles, plus convince die-hard pickup buyers that aluminum is as tough as steel.</p>
  • Maalox RECALL (Has any one noticed the absence of Maalox from store shelves?)

    07/04/2012 4:40:14 AM PDT · by GailA · 52 replies ^ | January 9, 2012 | Tracy Staton
    I searched FR and found no notice of the recall, and sure have not seen it on the news. I know I've been hit and miss due to a lot of health issues this past year, but we do watch the nightly news. And anything this big would have caught my attention because I keep Maalox in the house for occasional mild stomach upset/reflux when I eat something that disagrees with my stomach. Went to buy a bottle of Maalox and tried several different stores and types, finally one of the gals at a local Kroger's said Maalox had been...
  • Search of ship finds nothing abnormal

    12/07/2003 7:25:27 PM PST · by Oorang · 37 replies · 852+ views
    The Daily News Longview Washington ^ | Dec 07, 2003 | Hope Anderson
    A Coast Guard inspection of a freighter docked at the Port of Longview "didn't uncover or reveal anything," a Coast Guard spokesman said Saturday, but the crew members are not allowed off the ship and security will be maintained until the ship leaves. "We were not expecting to find anything," Lt. Cmdr. Glynn Smith, the Coast Guard's public affairs officer for the Pacific area, said Saturday by telephone from his office in Alameda, Calif. The search was routine, according to the Coast Guard, but Longview officials said the security crackdown is the most port activity since the Sept. 11, 2001,...
  • The Nanjing Belt [ 5th c aluminum artifact ]

    07/11/2011 8:15:58 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 67 replies
    Bizarre History Blog ^ | Saturday, July 9, 2011 | Beachcombing
    The Nanjing Belt was discovered in a tomb in 1952 around a skeleton. The tomb and the body dated to the Jin Dynasty that brings us back to the early centuries A.D (265-420) and luckily the name of the occupant was established through an inscription. He was one Zhou Chou (obit 297) who died fighting, of all people, the Tibetans. So far so easy: belts and even britches are common in graves around the world from the mysterious dragon buckles of Late Roman mercenaries to the ceremonial belts of the Lords of the Maya. In fact, the problems only really...
  • It Looks a Lot Like Glass, but It’s Tough as Steel

    01/11/2011 9:25:18 PM PST · by neverdem · 42 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 10, 2011 | SINDYA N. BHANOO
    The moment a crack forms in a piece of glass, it is prone to spread. That’s because although glass is very strong and resistant to deformation, it lacks the toughness that metals like aluminum and steel have. Now, researchers from the California Institute of Technology and the University of California, Berkeley, report that they have devised a new type of metallic glass that is as strong as glass, but as tough as steel — the toughest of all metals. “Typically with materials it’s very hard to get both toughness and strength; either you get one or the other,” said Marios...
  • Suspicious pieces collected from S Korean warship sinking area(torpedo pieces?)

    05/01/2010 7:42:29 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 675+ views
    Xinhua ^ | 04/30/10
    Suspicious pieces collected from S Korean warship sinking area 2010-04-30 22:09:27 SEOUL, April 30 (Xinhua) -- Some suspicious metal and plastic pieces of debris have been collected from waters where the South Korean naval frigate "Cheonan" went down late March. Defense Minister Kim Tae-young made the revelation before the parliamentary defense committee on Friday, according to Yonhap News Agency. Kim said so far a total of 540 pieces of debris have been collected from the area, and there are one plastic piece and four aluminum pieces have been found among 193 items that have been analyzed by experts. The...
  • Alcoa posts loss, but matches Wall St estimates

    04/12/2010 8:44:35 PM PDT · by mlocher · 1 replies · 215+ views
    Reuters via ^ | April 12, 2010 | Steve James
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Aluminum producer Alcoa Inc (Symbol : AA Loading... ) on Monday posted its fifth net loss in the past six quarters, but when charges were excluded its results matched Wall Street estimates. It benefitted from higher prices and said markets were improving, but Chief Executive Officer Klaus Kleinfeld also raised the possibility of strikes at its U.S. operations and revealed Alcoa recently lost a major beverage can customer. "In the U.S. we have about 5,350 employees that are covered under the USW (United Steelworkers union) master agreement. The master agreement expires on May 31 and we...
  • The Secret Aluminum Shipments That Show China Is De-Stockpiling Its Commodities

    02/12/2010 10:58:29 AM PST · by blam · 35 replies · 1,706+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 2-12-2010 | Dave Forest
    The Secret Aluminum Shipments That Show China Is De-Stockpiling Its Commodities Dave Forest Feb. 12, 2010, 1:48 PM This might be the year's most important news. Which got almost no press globally. Something strange happened in Japan in December. Shipments of aluminum from Mozambique and Brazil showed up in the northwestern ports of Fushiki and Fukui. Shipping aluminum to Japan isn't weird. The nation is an important consumer. But shipping South American and African aluminum to northwest Japan is strange. These are minor ports. Usually such imports would be unloaded on the Pacific side, at Yokohama, Osaka or Nagoya. Where...
  • Back to work - Alcoa kicks off earnings with a dose of reality

    01/12/2010 1:16:14 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 6 replies · 817+ views
    Market Watch ^ | 11January 2010 | Jim Jelter
    SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Alcoa Inc., as is the custom, ushered in the fourth-quarter earnings season after Monday's closing bell. For those who like to think a big aluminum company can double as a barometer for how the rest of the earnings season is likely to go, it was an ugly start. Yes, Alcoa /quotes/comstock/13*!aa/quotes/nls/aa (AA 17.45, +0.43, +2.53%) managed to trim its losses in the fourth quarter to a mere $277 million. And sales were up, a good sign. But after stripping out all the one-time items, the company's bottom line showed a profit of only one cent a...
  • A tale of two overkills

    11/08/2009 5:16:28 AM PST · by Founding Father · 13 replies · 883+ views
    Watts Up With That ^ | Nov. 7, 2009 | Anthony Watts
    The pyramid of aluminum shown in the photograph figures greatly in our nation’s history. This once rare metal was so prized that it was placed into a national monument by a grateful nation. Can you guess where? Now, aluminum is so common, thanks to an electrical refining process and plentiful, cheap electricity, that we throw it away in soda cans. Two seemingly unrelated events on opposite sides of the globe occurred this past week. One was the closure of an aluminum plant in Montana, and the other is the president of a European metals association threatened to move production overseas...
  • Larry Ellison's all billet aluminum Cobra

    10/20/2009 5:09:26 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 39 replies · 2,070+ views
    Jalopnik ^ | 10/20/2008 | Ben Wojdyla
    Oracle CEO Larry Ellison commissioned the fabricators at Kirkham Motorsports to build the ultimate, cost-is-no-object roadster. After years of labor, they've completed the all-billet aluminum Cobra. Click "more" to see them build one of the most spectacular custom cars ever.
  • Aluminium helps date solar system

    08/28/2009 5:37:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 2,102+ views
    Chemistry World ^ | 21 August 2009 | Matt Wilkinson
    Aluminium is the most abundant metal in the Earth's crust and is used to make bikes, cars and food cans. Now, thanks to research conducted at the University of Nancy, France, the metal may also be able to shed light on the processes that occurred during the formation of the solar system.Models of the evolution of the early solar system rely on knowing the precise times at which the oldest particles in the solar system formed. Some of the oldest particles clumped together to form chondrites - primitive meteorites - and these grain-like building blocks are known as calcium-aluminium rich...
  • Transparent Aluminum is "New State of Matter"

    07/28/2009 11:02:53 AM PDT · by redpoll · 39 replies · 2,034+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | 27 July 2009 | University of Oxford
    Oxford scientists have created a transparent form of aluminium by bombarding the metal with the world’s most powerful soft X-ray laser. ‘Transparent aluminium’ previously only existed in science fiction, featuring in the movie Star Trek IV, but the real material is an exotic new state of matter with implications for planetary science and nuclear fusion.
  • Transparent Aluminum Is ‘New State Of Matter’

    07/27/2009 11:22:27 AM PDT · by saganite · 84 replies · 3,830+ views
    Science Daily ^ | (July 27, 2009) | staff
    Oxford scientists have created a transparent form of aluminium by bombarding the metal with the world’s most powerful soft X-ray laser. ‘Transparent aluminium’ previously only existed in science fiction, featuring in the movie Star Trek IV, but the real material is an exotic new state of matter with implications for planetary science and nuclear fusion. In the journal Nature Physics an international team, led by Oxford University scientists, report that a short pulse from the FLASH laser ‘knocked out’ a core electron from every aluminium atom in a sample without disrupting the metal’s crystalline structure. This turned the aluminium nearly...
  • In Climate Controversy, Industry Cedes Ground

    01/23/2007 10:19:12 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies · 1,119+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 23, 2007 | Jeffrey Ball
    The global-warming debate is shifting from science to economics. For years, the fight over the Earth's rising temperature has been mostly over what's causing it: fossil-fuel emissions or natural factors beyond man's control. Now, some of the country's biggest industrial companies are acknowledging that fossil fuels are a major culprit whose emissions should be cut significantly over time. A growing number of these companies are pushing for a mandatory emissions limit, or "cap." Some see a lucrative new market in clean-energy technologies. Many figure a regulation is politically inevitable and they want to be in the room when it's negotiated,...
  • New Aluminum "Catalyst" Makes Hydrogen From Water (i.e., liberals going crazy over perpetual motion)

    01/23/2009 8:13:56 PM PST · by OldGuard1 · 33 replies · 630+ views
    Science Magazine ^ | January 23, 2009 | Patrick J. Roach, W. Hunter Woodward,1 A. W. Castleman, Jr., Arthur C. Reber, Shiv N. Khanna
    So, this paper was published recently in Science Magazine: Complementary Active Sites Cause Size-Selective Reactivity of Aluminum Cluster Anions with Water The reactions of metal clusters with small molecules often depend on cluster size. The selectivity of oxygen reactions with aluminum cluster anions can be well described within an electronic shell model; however, not all reactions are subject to the same fundamental constraints. We observed the size selectivity of aluminum cluster anion reactions with water, which can be attributed to the dissociative chemisorption of water at specific surface sites. The reactivity depends on geometric rather than electronic shell structure. Identical...
  • Solving the mysteries of metallic glass

    12/22/2008 11:26:47 AM PST · by Red Badger · 23 replies · 1,870+ views ^ | 12/22/2008 | Provided by MIT
    - Researchers at MIT and the National University of Singapore have made significant progress in understanding a class of materials that has resisted analysis for decades. Their findings could lead to the rapid discovery of a variety of useful new kinds of glass made of metallic alloys with potentially significant mechanical, chemical and magnetic applications. The first examples of metallic alloys that could be made into glass were discovered back in the late 1950s and led to a flurry of research activity, but, despite intense study, so far nobody had solved the riddle of why some specific alloys could form...
  • The Amazing Rusting Aluminum (WWII commandos may have sabotaged Nazi planes with this trick)

    08/26/2008 11:54:33 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 33 replies · 599+ views | Popular Science ^ | 10/1/04 | Theodore Gray
  • Ship seizure fuels fears North Korea in nuclear market

    08/17/2003 2:48:49 PM PDT · by optimistically_conservative · 12 replies · 210+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | August 18, 2003 | Joby Warrick
    A ship quietly intercepted in the Egyptian port of Alexandria was carrying aluminium tubes destined for North Korea, authorities say, increasing fears that Pyongyang is stepping up efforts to buy nuclear weapons materials. French and German authorities were said to have tracked the ship, Ville de Virgo, to the eastern Mediterranean and to have seized the tubes on April 12. German police arrested the owner of a small export company and said they had uncovered a scheme to acquire up to 2000 such pipes. Investigators said they had concluded that that amount of aluminium in North Korean hands could have...
  • Papers on nuclear smuggling ring shredded

    05/22/2008 2:20:19 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 11 replies · 359+ views ^ | May 20, 2008 | Staff
    The government ordered the destruction of documents on an alleged international nuclear smuggling network involving three Swiss engineers, it has been confirmed. The head of a parliamentary control committee said the material was shredded last November. The father and sons – Friedrich, Marco and Urs Tinner - are suspected of helping to supply parts for Libya's nuclear weapons programme between 2001 and 2003 through a trafficking ring run by Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistan's atom bomb. Reports say the three worked as undercover agents for the United States intelligence service. There is widespread media speculation that Washington asked...
  • Taking a swing at aluminum bats (IL may ban them for youth)

    02/27/2008 10:46:07 AM PST · by kc8ukw · 88 replies · 236+ views
    St. Louis Post Dispatch ^ | Feb. 27, 2008 | Kevin McDermott
    It's been three decades now since the ping of aluminum started drowning out the crack of a wooden bat on youth baseball fields across America. But that older sound of summer is making a comeback on some grassy diamonds these days — not for nostalgia, but safety. Some Illinois lawmakers, in fact, want to ban metal bats from youth baseball.
  • Aide Helped Controversial Russian Meet McCain

    01/24/2008 8:08:30 PM PST · by jdm · 6 replies · 242+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Jan. 25, 2008 | By Jeffrey H. Birnbaum and John Solomon
    A top political adviser in Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign helped arrange an introduction in 2006 between McCain and a Russian billionaire whose suspected links to anti-democratic and organized-crime figures are so controversial that the U.S. government revoked his visa. Rick Davis, who is now McCain's campaign manager, helped set up the encounter between McCain and Russian aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska in Switzerland during an international economic conference. At the time, Davis was working for a lobbying firm and seeking to do business with the billionaire. There is no evidence that McCain did anything for Deripaska after they met at...
  • Uranium Traces Found on N. Korean Tubes

    12/21/2007 2:51:34 AM PST · by notes2005 · 14 replies · 218+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 21, 2007 | By Glenn Kessler
    U.S. scientists have discovered traces of enriched uranium on smelted aluminum tubing provided by North Korea, apparently contradicting Pyongyang's denial that it had a clandestine nuclear program, according to U.S. and diplomatic sources. The United States has long pointed to North Korea's acquisition of thousands of aluminum tubes as evidence of such a program, saying the tubes could be used as the outer casing for centrifuges needed to spin hot uranium gas into the fuel for nuclear weapons. North Korea has denied that contention and, as part of a declaration on its nuclear programs due by the end of the...
  • Killer Bats? The debate over wood vs. aluminum

    07/30/2007 9:06:00 PM PDT · by gpapa · 37 replies · 1,926+ views ^ | July 31, 2007 | SKIP ROZIN
    The first-base coach for the minor league Tulsa Drillers died last week after being struck in the head by a foul ball hit off a wood bat during a game in North Little Rock, Ark. The coach, 35-year-old Mike Coolbaugh, had played briefly in the majors in 2002 and 2003; he leaves a wife and two children. His death adds to the debate about dangers in baseball, which usually focuses on young players struck by balls hit off aluminum bats. Supporters of metal bats insist that debate is skewed. "Why is it when there's an injury from a ball hit...
  • Fill your car up with aluminum?

    05/18/2007 10:29:42 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 76 replies · 2,502+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/18/07 | Julie Steenhuysen
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Pellets made out of aluminum and gallium can produce pure hydrogen when water is poured on them, offering a possible alternative to gasoline-powered engines, U.S. scientists say. Hydrogen is seen as the ultimate in clean fuels, especially for powering cars, because it emits only water when burned. U.S. President George W. Bush has proclaimed hydrogen to be the fuel of the future, but researchers have not decided what is the most efficient way to produce and store hydrogen. In the experiment conducted at Purdue University in Indiana, "The hydrogen is generated on demand, so you only produce...
  • Report: Swiss Had Role In S. African Nukes

    10/27/2005 9:16:37 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 542+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 10-28-2005
    Report: Swiss Had Role in S. African Nukes Friday October 28, 2005 4:01 AM GENEVA (AP) - Switzerland played a key role in building the nuclear weapons of the former apartheid regime of South Africa, a government-sponsored report said Thursday. More than a decade ago, then-South African President F.W. de Klerk announced that his country had dismantled its nuclear weapons program. Peter Hug, the author of a report in the Swiss National Science Foundation's six-year investigation into Swiss-South African relations, said Switzerland and other countries provided technical support for South Africa's uranium enrichment efforts. Hug, a history professor at the...
  • Alcoa Profit Surges 62 Percent

    07/10/2006 1:20:00 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 14 replies · 488+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 07/10/06 | AP
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Aluminum producer Alcoa Inc. on Monday said second-quarter profit ballooned 62 percent as higher aluminum prices and strong demand from the aerospace and construction industries boosted results. Net income surged to $744 million, or 85 cents per share, from $460 million, or 52 cents per share, a year ago. The recent results include charges of $35 million, or 4 cents per share, related to the ratification of a U.S. labor contract and the costs of preparing for a potential work stoppage during the quarter. Revenue rose 19 percent to $7.96 billion from $6.69 billion due to...
  • Metal Thefts Soar With Prices for Scrap

    01/19/2006 11:36:31 AM PST · by JZelle · 17 replies · 789+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 1-19-06 | JAMES HANNAH
    SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) -- Real estate broker Cyle Young got a shock when he drove by a house he bought two days earlier. The home had been stripped of aluminum siding from the ground to as high as a person could reach. "A couple days later, they broke back in and stole all the copper in it," said Young, who has since renovated the house and has it up for sale. "I can't tell you how many houses we've bought with no downspouts - gutters gone." High market prices for copper and aluminum are enticing thieves to steal metal to...
  • On the Effectiveness of Aluminium Foil Helmets: An Empirical Study

    11/20/2005 7:31:30 PM PST · by SERKIT · 53 replies · 1,608+ views
    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department, MIT ^ | 17 Feb 2005 | Ali Rahimi, Ben Recht, Jason Taylor, & Noah Vawter
    Abstract Among a fringe community of paranoids, aluminum helmets serve as the protective measure of choice against invasive radio signals. We investigate the efficacy of three aluminum helmet designs on a sample group of four individuals. Using a $250,000 network analyser, we find that although on average all helmets attenuate invasive radio frequencies in either directions (either emanating from an outside source, or emanating from the cranium of the subject), certain frequencies are in fact greatly amplified. These amplified frequencies coincide with radio bands reserved for government use according to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). Statistical evidence suggests the use...
  • On the Effectiveness of Aluminium Foil Helmets:An Empirical Study

    11/10/2005 10:07:00 AM PST · by antaresequity · 87 replies · 2,313+ views
    MIT ^ | 17 Feb 2005 | Ali Rahimi - Others
    On the Effectiveness of Aluminium Foil Helmets: An Empirical StudyAli Rahimi1, Ben Recht 2, Jason Taylor 2, Noah Vawter 217 Feb 2005 1: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department, MIT. 2: Media Laboratory, MIT. Abstract Among a fringe community of paranoids, aluminum helmets serve as the protective measure of choice against invasive radio signals. We investigate the efficacy of three aluminum helmet designs on a sample group of four individuals. Using a $250,000 network analyser, we find that although on average all helmets attenuate invasive radio frequencies in either directions (either emanating from an outside source, or emanating from...
  • Military: New Aluminum Windows Stop .50-Caliber Bullet

    10/19/2005 8:34:32 PM PDT · by Termite_Commander · 58 replies · 2,440+ views ^ | October 18th, 2005
    A new type of transparent armor made of aluminum could one day replace glass in military vehicles. The product is called aluminum oxynitride. It is being tested by the Army and the University of Dayton Research Institute in Ohio. The material is a ceramic compound with a high compressive strength and durability, according to an Army statement issued this week. It performs better than the multilayered glass products currently in use, and its about half the weight. It is virtually scratch-resistant. "The substance itself is light-years ahead of glass," said 1st Lt. Joseph La Monica, who heads the research. Glass...