December 7th, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers at California Institute of Technology report that, using directed evolution, they have convinced bacteria to biologically produce carbon–silicon bonds much more efficiently than synthetically catalyzed chemical reactions.
November 9th, 2016 | by Stephanie Liverani
Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory say they’ve 3-D-printed permanent magnets that can outperform bonded magnets made using traditional techniques while conserving critical rare materials in the process.
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 13th, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
A team of scientists from Oak Ridge National Lab, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, and Eck Industries has developed a new super-strong aluminum alloy that incorporates cerium—and it just may be able to restart mining of rare-earth elements in the United States.
April 20th, 2016 | by Stephanie Liverani
Remains of 1,600-year-old kilns were discovered in Israel, where archaeologists believe commercial quantities of raw glass were produced—a discovery that proves Israel was one of the largest glass manufacturers in the ancient world, the Israel Antiquities Authority reports.
April 3rd, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers at Kansas State University are exploring new glassy ceramic material combinations and electrode designs that will afford lithium-ion batteries with high capacity, efficiency, and stability as well as high mass loading.
April 1st, 2016 | by Stephanie Liverani
When it comes to developing the latest solar energy solutions, a few materials seem to get most of the press—logical materials like perovskites, silicon, and glass. But what if the next superstar solar cell material defies traditional logic?
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.
February 23rd, 2016 | by Stephanie Liverani
Step aside wind and solar power. Researchers at Virginia Tech have discovered a way to maximize the amount of electricity that can be generated from the wastewater we flush down the toilet.
January 18th, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
Scientists at Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research, collaborating with scientists at Westphalian Wilhelms University of Münster and the Technical University of Braunschweig in Germany, are experimenting with glass to help answer the very question of how it all began.