Art & Archaeology

Engineers Week 2015 provides opportunity to champion our champions

By Jessica McMathis / February 17, 2015

Engineers Week 2015, February 22–28, is an opportunity to reinforce our commitment to promoting the impact of ceramic and glass materials, as well as the people who work with them.

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Neon-concrete sculptures color within the blurred lines of art and science

By Jessica McMathis / February 12, 2015

Brooklyn-based artist Esther Ruiz creates hydraulic concrete art that incorporates not just neon tubing, but also glass (forged and otherwise), Plexiglass, paint, marble, and rock.

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Agree to disagree: Americans’ and US scientists’ views on science not-at-all yet somewhat the same

By Jessica McMathis / February 10, 2015

Americans think that our country’s achievements and advancements in science are tops—but when it comes to their views on top issues like climate change and nuclear power, their perceptions differ from the views of scientists, says a new report from the Pew Research Center.

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Ancient pottery unearthed in Israel contains 8,000-year-old olive oil

By Jessica McMathis / January 15, 2015

Ancient clay pots unearthed during an excavation in Israel show that the vessels contained 8,000 year-old olive oil, likely used in both diet and lighting.

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Unique crystals prevent crack propagation and bestow strength to ancient Roman concrete

By April Gocha / January 6, 2015

A new study confirms that unique aluminum-containing crystals that form in Roman concrete are behind the material’s robust strength and durability.

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Blinded me with science: A look back at 2014

By Jessica McMathis / December 29, 2014

Because it’s that time of year, and because it’s worth remembering—associate editor Jessica shares her top five posts, people, and moments from 2014.

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All about that bass: Science squares off against sound in new music video

By Jessica McMathis / December 26, 2014

Be prepared to spend the next five minutes and 52 seconds admiring the work of Nigel Stanford, whose music video “Cymatics” blends science and sound.

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Twitter takes time, but pays off says study of scientists’ social media activity

By Jessica McMathis / November 30, 2014

A recent study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison finds that researchers are more often turning to venues like Twitter to share their work—and their social media activity is paying big dividends.

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Guide your buying with ceramicSOURCE, ACerS annual buyer’s guide—now available online

By April Gocha / November 25, 2014

We’ll leave buying sweaters, snuggies, and sneakers up to you, but when it comes to a professional purchase for your job, company, or career, we’d like to help.

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Glass reacts to shifts in sun, wind to show that a window can be both beautiful and smart

By Jessica McMathis / October 28, 2014

Much like a kaleidoscope, Dutch designer Simon Heijdens’s smart window creates a glittering display of light that shifts based on the movement of sunlight and wind.

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