August 19th, 2016 | by Stephanie Liverani
Engineers at the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland say that windows made of transparent wood might provide more even and consistent natural lighting and better energy efficiency compared to glass.
August 9th, 2016 | by Stephanie Liverani
Rice University researchers (Houston, Texas) want to know what makes concrete stronger and tougher. And after analyzing more than 600 computer models of concrete’s inner matrix, they determined that both voids and particles are key players in giving the material its remarkable qualities.
July 19th, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
Continuing the trend towards novel industry–academia partnerships, Morgan Advanced Materials and Pennsylvania State University recently announced they’re pairing up to form a new R&D center focused solely on advancing carbon materials.
July 11th, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
A European project called LIFECERAM—coordinated by the Instituto de Tecnología Cerámica of the Universitat Jaime I of Castellón in Spain and including Spanish Association of Ceramic Tile and Paving Manufacturers and several commercial partners—has reached an important milestone towards its goal of achieving absolutely zero waste in ceramic tile manufacturing.
June 16th, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers from BarcelonaTech in Spain are working to perfect living concrete—a layered formulation that allows photosynthetic organisms, such as mosses, lichens, and other microorganisms, to grow within the material itself.
March 30th, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of California Los Angeles has devised a proof-of-concept that shows it’s possible to capture carbon dioxide emissions and convert them into a concrete alternative that can be 3-D printed—a material the researchers are calling CO2NCRETE.
March 25th, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) yesterday issued a ruling that lowers worksite exposure limits of respirable silica by half or more of current limits.
March 9th, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
SAM, or Semi-Automated Mason, is a robot that assists masons by partially automating the bricklaying process, increasing worksite productivity and reducing the amount of heavy lifting required by masons.
January 8th, 2016 | by Stephanie Liverani
If we’re going to colonize Mars someday, we’ll need to build durable structures to shelter us from the elements. Materials scientists at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., have developed a concrete material using only what's available on the red planet and without using water.
November 17th, 2015 | by April Gocha, PhD
The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University recently received a $7.75 million grant that will allow construction of a new Center for Advanced Ceramic Manufacturing and Education.