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Electrically Conductive Cement 159

zero_offset writes "The Tokyo Institute of Technology has announced a process for creating an inexpensive, nearly transparent, electrically conductive alumina cement. The conductivity is comparable to metal, and the transparency should be adequate for use in display panels. The process relies upon commonplace and inexpensive metals compared to the rare metals such as iridium currently used in display panels."
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Electrically Conductive Cement

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  • Editors? Anyone? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by eskwayrd ( 575069 ) on Wednesday April 11, 2007 @08:35PM (#18697051)
    The conductivity is comparable to metal

    'metal' is pretty generic, and 'metals' conduct at varying levels (understatement). TFA actually states 'manganese'. Why distort the original posting in the summary?

    ...compared to the rare metals such as iridium

    WTF? TFA states 'indium'.

    Methinks the poster should rely on the copy/paste strategy more often than 'transcribe it manually'.

    Anyway, cool stuff. Anyone know enough about display panel construction to give an off-the-cuff estimate of whether this new stuff will take more energy to produce?
  • by DAtkins ( 768457 ) on Wednesday April 11, 2007 @08:36PM (#18697065) Homepage
    Not that I'm normally this deep or anything...

    The nice thing about progress is that everything is a small step toward that.

    It's the period between then and now that you have to worry about. Star Trek had 2 more World Wars before Cochrine developed the warp drive. :)
  • by Original Replica ( 908688 ) on Wednesday April 11, 2007 @08:46PM (#18697129) Journal
    no wars (except with Klingons and such, of course).

    Nothing brings people together like a common enemy, so for us to have no morewars here on Earth, the most likely catalyst would be war with an alien species. Keep in mind that with that competent government, there was complete global control, and we have only ever seen that government through the eyes of it's military officers.
  • by Velocir ( 851555 ) on Wednesday April 11, 2007 @08:47PM (#18697133)
    From TFA: "the cement would make an environmentally-friendly alternative because its ingredients are more readily available". That doesn't make it environmentally friendly, it just makes it less environmentally damaging. There's a BIG difference.

    Also, is 30kg grip strength pretty low for an adult male? I'm pretty sure it is...
  • by mrbcs ( 737902 ) * on Wednesday April 11, 2007 @09:31PM (#18697411)
    Umm wanna piss on an electric fence to prove that?
  • by jasontn ( 758694 ) on Thursday April 12, 2007 @07:43AM (#18700523)
    ... a really good hoax ... just like Alan Moore's The Watchmen?
  • by TheCarp ( 96830 ) * <sjc@@@carpanet...net> on Thursday April 12, 2007 @01:13PM (#18704541) Homepage
    heh and for the record, I was laughing just as hard 4 years ago when people said that about Iraq.

    I mean seriously, how do people have their head so deep in the sand that they actually think things like that? Why is modern warfare so poorly understood? (Ok, admittedly the media makes no attempt at all at explaining it)

    Yah, if everyone in iraq were well... a moron. If they hadn't studied a bit, if nobody paid attention to the past 50 fucking years... then yes, their army would have met ours on the battlefield. We would have said "Oh look, a massive troop formation", pressed a button, and the war would be over in 6 weeks.

    They didn't do that cuz anyone with half a brain knows you can't fight like that against an army like the US unless you have an army like...well... like china, or the US. Major air force, major navy, cruise missles, all that good stuff.

    Unless you have an army like the US or china, you just can't fight us like that. You have to play to your own strengths. You hide in civilian clothes, in civilian houses... cuz its what works. History always vindicates the victor. Does it matter whether you are a war criminal or not?

    All I had to do to realise this was a decade or longer conflict.... BEFORE IT STARTED.... was to imagine the US army gets instantly wiped out and china invades the US. Whats gonna happen? Are we going to welcome our liberators?

    No... people will smile by day. And whenever able bodied americans meet, one may say "come to my house, we have a meeting tonight". And guess what... people will come to those meetings... and people will fight. They will fight until either they are gone and new generations have risen up accepting chineese rule... or until the foriegn fighters leave.

    We either stay until the next generation of Iraqi accept us, or we leave them to fight it out to fill the power vaccuume.

    Course, I realise your making fun of the people who thought that but seriously... I find living in a country where people go around not just saying that shit but believing it to be downright embarassing.

  • by GreyPoopon ( 411036 ) <gpoopon@ g m a il.com> on Thursday April 12, 2007 @01:28PM (#18704821)

    I see they're finally getting around to using that formula Scotty provided.

    It's unfortunate that it has to be produced as a thin membrane in order to be transparent. I think we're all looking for 1-inch thick plates that have the strength of aluminum with the transparency of glass.

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