Video: Glass ornaments sparkle for the holidays

By Lisa McDonald / December 6, 2023

Glass ornaments have played a central role in holiday decorations for almost two centuries. Learn about this history and where to find glass ornaments for this year’s winter celebrations.

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Video: Rising costs necessitate recalibration of offshore wind power projects

By Lisa McDonald / November 29, 2023

Investment in offshore wind projects is increasing, but rising manufacturing and supply chain costs are hindering the translation of this investment into tangible products. The success of future projects will depend on governments and wind energy firms recalibrating the cost of the planned energy transition.

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Video: Empty Bowls project—fighting food insecurity through ceramics

By Lisa McDonald / November 22, 2023

Food insecurity remains at an elevated level due to the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Empty Bowls project provides a unique way to raise money for food banks by engaging the local arts community.

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Video: Build your literacy on energy topics with Stanford’s new learning hub

By Lisa McDonald / November 15, 2023

Many people do not feel they can contribute knowledgeably to energy discussions due to the complex nature of this topic. Stanford University’s new Understand Energy Learning Hub aims to help the public build their energy literacy at their own pace.

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Video: Nature-inspired paint offers rapid and reversible color change

By Lisa McDonald / November 8, 2023

Many animals in nature have special pigment cells that allow them to change the color of their skin in response to various stimuli. Now, Northeastern University researchers combined one of those pigments, called xanthommatin, with titanium dioxide to create a paint that can rapidly and reversibly change color in response to light.

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Video: Hydrogen trials show promise at glassmaking plants

By Lisa McDonald / November 1, 2023

In recent years, several glass companies have started experimenting with replacing natural gas with hydrogen in glass production. The results from these tests are promising.

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Video: Chocolate pots—serving luxury in the 17th and 18th centuries

By Lisa McDonald / October 25, 2023

As chocolate became a fashionable beverage throughout Europe in the 17th century, it became big business to design and sell cookware specifically designed for preparing chocolate. Learn about the European chocolatière, or chocolate pot, in today’s CTT.

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Video: California bans the use of fiberglass as a flame retardant in mattresses and upholstered furniture

By Lisa McDonald / October 18, 2023

As the health effects of chemical flame retardants became more well known, the use of fiberglass as a flame-retardant material grew in popularity. However, fiberglass comes with its own share of adverse health effects, and the U.S. state of California has now enacted a ban on its use as a flame retardant in mattresses and upholstered furniture.

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Video: Ceramic recycling takes top prize in Crystal Clear Science video competition

By Lisa McDonald / October 11, 2023

The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation’s new Crystal Clear Science video competition provided students an opportunity to practice their visual science communication skills. The winning submissions from this year’s competition focused on ceramic recycling, ceramic processing, and the phenomenon of glass flow.

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Video: Beckon in a fall of good fortune with Japanese maneki-neko

By Lisa McDonald / October 4, 2023

Many cultures have symbols or rituals that are widely viewed as lucky within that society. The maneki-neko, or Japanese “beckoning cat,” is one cultural symbol that has grown to be recognized almost universally as a figure of good luck. Learn about the history of maneki-neko and how to make one for yourself.

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