Video: DOE funds projects to reduce waste from and sustain future deployment of advanced nuclear reactors

By Lisa McDonald / March 23, 2022

On March 10, the U.S. Department of Energy announced $36 million for 11 projects seeking to increase deployment and use of nuclear power and limit the amount of waste produced from advanced nuclear reactors. Learn more about these projects and some of the arguments for and against increasing reliance on nuclear power.

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Video: Europe’s gas crisis comes for Venice glassblowers

By Lisa McDonald / March 16, 2022

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is contributing to an ongoing surge in fuel prices that has greatly affected numerous European industries since last fall. Last November we reported on challenges faced by the ceramics industry, and today we look at the struggles of Venice glassblowers to keep their centuries-old tradition alive.

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Video: 2021 Brick in Architecture Awards demonstrate brick’s ‘infinite’ design versatility

By Lisa McDonald / March 9, 2022

Since 1989, the Brick Industry Association has sponsored the Brick in Architecture Awards to recognize exceptional uses of clay brick in architecture. The 49 global winners for the 2021 awards include entries spanning the United States, Australia, Canada, and Mexico.

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Video: ‘Dance Your Ph.D.’ contest offers creative approach to science communication

By Lisa McDonald / March 2, 2022

Visual and nonverbal communication methods are a great tool to help scientists make their science more accessible to a wider audience. The annual Dance Your Ph.D. contest run by AAAS and Science provides an opportunity for students to practice using these powerful tools.

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Video: Ladi Kwali, the famous Nigerian potter who blended African and Western pottery

By Lisa McDonald / February 23, 2022

Two Temple Place in London is holding a special exhibition on Black women artists working in clay, with a central focus on Nigerian potter Ladi Kwali. Learn about Kwali’s life and her seminal work in blending traditional African pottery with Western studio pottery techniques.

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Video: US electric vehicle charging infrastructure poised for major expansion

By Lisa McDonald / February 16, 2022

Last week, the U.S. Departments of Transportation and Energy announced they will begin making available the nearly $5 billion for the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program. Learn more about the NEVI program and how it is just the first step toward reaching the Biden Administration’s goal of 500,000 public EV chargers by 2030.

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Video: Vessel shortage could hamper offshore wind expansion

By Lisa McDonald / February 9, 2022

As the average size of offshore wind turbines increases, the energy industry could face difficulties with installation due to a shortage of vessels capable of carrying such large equipment.

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Video: Startup company looks to launch new method of spaceflight

By Lisa McDonald / February 2, 2022

Finding another way to propel a rocket into space that does not rely on fuel may allow for simpler and less expensive rockets. California-based SpinLaunch is developing a novel ground-based system to launch rockets into orbit using kinetic energy rather than fuel.

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Video: Intel sets sights on Ohio to drastically expand domestic manufacturing with semiconductor mega-site

By Lisa McDonald / January 26, 2022

Semiconductor chip manufacturer Intel announced it is committing $20 billion to build a manufacturing mega-site on the outskirts of Columbus, Ohio. Learn about some of the big events that have affected the semiconductor industry in recent years and how Intel’s announcement fits into the narrative.

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Video: Personal VTOL aerial vehicles headed to consumers in 2022

By Lisa McDonald / January 19, 2022

Attention on futuristic technologies such as driverless cars, flying cars, and foldable smartphones fell largely by the wayside when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020. Swedish company Jetson, though, has been hard at work behind the scenes and this year plans to ship the first 12 units of its personal electric aerial vehicle to consumers.

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