Video: Rising e-waste and a deficit of recycling

By Lisa McDonald / July 8, 2020

In 2017, a report on global e-waste predicted the amount of e-waste would increase to 52.2 million metric tonnes by 2021—but we already passed 53 million metric tonnes in 2019 alone, according to a new report released this month. Learn more about why e-waste amounts are surging, why current recycling systems are not keeping up, and what can be done to combat the problem.

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Video: Marble League 2020—glass spheres offer Olympic alternative

By Lisa McDonald / July 1, 2020

Due to COVID-19, many sporting events were canceled or postponed this summer, leaving a lot of sports fans looking for alternative entertainment. One surprising alternative—competitive marble racing—has gained a lot of attention since April. Learn more about this recent sport and how it builds on the long history of marbles games.

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Video: Eavesdrop from afar using lightbulb vibrations

By Lisa McDonald / June 24, 2020

Privacy and security are mostly illusions in today’s digital world, with new techniques undermining these concepts more each day. Now, researchers in Israel have demonstrated another way to eavesdrop—by observing the vibrations of a hanging lightbulb.

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Video: Brick trends of 2020

By Lisa McDonald / June 17, 2020

Though fiber cement is gaining ground, brick continues to be a popular material for exterior house walls. The Brick Industry Association put together a video highlighting some of the brick trends for 2020 in home and commercial exteriors and interiors.

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Video: Bake a pizza in record time

By Lisa McDonald / June 10, 2020

What happens when a company specializing in industrial heating technologies teams up with a seasoned pizzaiolo? You get a Neapolitan pizza cooked in record time! Find out how Kanthal engineers created the fast-baking electric oven.

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Video: Harvest solar energy from outer space

By Lisa McDonald / June 3, 2020

In their search for places to install PV infrastructure, solar companies have taken several creative approaches, including floating solar panels on reservoirs and co-locating them with crops. Space-based solar power is another concept studied since the 1970s, and this May, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory launched the first orbital experiment with space-based solar power.

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Video: Pursuing carbon capture at the industrial scale

By Lisa McDonald / May 27, 2020

Carbon capture and storage is one method the global cement industry is investigating to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. An ongoing study in Norway could become the world’s first cement plant to use this technology at full scale.

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Video: Inflatable bike negates need for parking space

By Lisa McDonald / May 20, 2020

Bike sales have increased rapidly since bike shops in the U.S. reopened. However, though more people are using this form of transportation, many cities are ill equipped to handle large numbers of cyclists. In a proof-of-concept study, The University of Tokyo researchers offer one way to address lack of parking space—inflatable bikes.

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Video: Refractories—the hidden essential industry

By Lisa McDonald / May 13, 2020

As local and federal governments mandate which businesses and industries are essential, some governments initially overlooked the refractory industry. Learn about what makes the refractory industry essential and what some refractory companies are doing to secure the right to reopen.

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Video: Celebrating mothers in science

By Lisa McDonald / May 6, 2020

In many countries around the world, the second Sunday of May is Mother’s Day. Many women who are mothers work full-time or part-time jobs as well, so in today’s CTT, we celebrate all the mothers in science!

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