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Rare Earth Extraction Facility could lessen US dependence on imports, pump up West Virginia economy

By Faye Oney / July 27, 2018

The Rare Earth Extraction Facility, recently opened at West Virginia University, is developing a process to extract rare earth materials from acid mine drainage. The new facility could help lessen U.S. dependence on REE imports as well as boost the West Virginia economy.

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Video: This is why NASA’s Solar Probe will stay intact when it reaches the sun

By Faye Oney / July 25, 2018

NASA Goddard will launch its Parker Solar Probe in early August on a mission to study the mysteries of the sun. Watch today’s video to learn how engineers have designed the Solar Probe to withstand the sun’s intense heat.

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ACerS is hiring a science writer/managing editor

By Faye Oney / July 24, 2018

Do you enjoy writing about science as much as you love doing the science? ACerS is hiring a science writer to report on the latest science and engineering advances. Check out the job description and apply today!

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Environment, sustainability are focus of successful ICC7 conference

By / July 20, 2018

“Ceramicizing the Future for a Sustainable Society” was the theme of ICC7, held in Foz do Iguacu, Brazil on June 17–21, 2018. Attendees listened to four plenary speakers, 129 invited speakers, and many presentations that covered a range of topics.

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How will ceramic materials fare in outer space? This and much more inside August 2018 ACerS Bulletin

By Faye Oney / July 20, 2018

The August 2018 issue of the ACerS Bulletin is now available online. You’ll find stories about how functional ceramics will be 3-D printed for outer space applications, how fly ash waste can be used for high-performance refractories, and much more.

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Self-heating, fast-charging batteries could speed up EV adoption

By Faye Oney / July 17, 2018

Researchers at Penn State University have developed a self-heating and self-charging lithium-ion battery that can charge itself in 15 minutes at temperatures as low as -45 degrees F. Their technology could speed up adoption of electric vehicles.

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Graphene foam could be just the prescription for arthritis sufferers

By Faye Oney / July 13, 2018

Researchers showed bioscaffolds out of graphene foam mixed with animal cells could eventually replace cartilage destroyed by osteoarthritis. The military may also use the research to treat musculoskeletal injuries in the field.

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Graphical abstracts help journal articles get noticed

By Jonathon Foreman / July 12, 2018

An easy way to get your journal article noticed is to submit it with a graphical abstract image, which is an image, table, graph, or another figure that includes a brief text description highlighting the most important aspect of your paper.

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Video: Watch these 3-D printed magnetic devices change shape and perform tricks

By Faye Oney / July 11, 2018

Researchers at MIT have fabricated small flexible magnetic structures using a 3-D printer and ink fused with magnetic particles. The structures could be used to remotely control biomedical devices for drug delivery or for pumping blood, among other functions.

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Go ahead and dive in—Urine content is just a ‘drop in the bucket’

By Faye Oney / July 6, 2018

Researchers have conducted studies on the amount of urine in an average swimming pool. The results show that you’re probably not in any danger.

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