Video: 100 years of cemented carbide

By Lisa McDonald / April 26, 2023

This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the invention of cemented carbide. Learn more about this material, including its development history, wear properties, and future production trends.

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Video: 2022 Brick in Architecture Awards expand with new ‘thin brick’ category

By Lisa McDonald / April 19, 2023

Since 1989, the Brick Industry Association has sponsored the Brick in Architecture Awards to recognize exceptional uses of clay brick in architecture. The 45 global winners for the 2022 awards include entries spanning the United States, Australia, Canada, China, and Germany.

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Video: Swiss startup cracks the 1-kW ceiling for production of solar hydrogen

By Lisa McDonald / April 12, 2023

Producing hydrogen through water electrolysis is not yet financially viable due to challenges with scaling up the process. A concentrated solar power system developed by Swiss startup SoHHytec succeeded in cracking the 1-kW ceiling for the production of solar hydrogen.

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Video: A new wave in the battle for data—China and the US clash over submarine cable control

By Lisa McDonald / April 5, 2023

The global submarine cable system carries about 95% of all global transnational communication data. In recent years, concerns that this network may be used to conduct espionage is driving a clash between China and the United States over which companies will secure contracts to lay strategic cable networks.

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Video: Glass court to debut on world stage during FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup

By Lisa McDonald / March 29, 2023

Advancements in glass processing and design have improved the material’s mechanical properties to the point that glass is starting to be used in load-bearing applications. In July 2023, the use of a novel glass court will debut on the world stage during the FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup.

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Video: World Water Day 2023—how ceramics and glass accelerate change to solve the water and sanitation crisis

By Lisa McDonald / March 22, 2023

This year’s World Water Day on March 22 focuses on accelerating change to solve the water and sanitation crisis. Today’s CTT is a collection of articles from the past year that illustrate how ceramic and glass materials support this goal.

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Video: Small case study raises awareness of potential risk of bone stress injuries from carbon-fiber-plated footwear

By Lisa McDonald / March 8, 2023

Carbon-fiber-plated shoes have helped runners to set new world records, but little has been published about the potential injuries that can be sustained from using this technology. Researchers in the United States and Germany published an open-access paper to raise awareness of possible health concerns around the use of carbon-fiber-plated footwear.

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Video: Chicago startup offers “close-looped” water vending service based on reusable glass bottles

By Lisa McDonald / March 1, 2023

Reliance on single-use packaging significantly contributes to plastic pollution. Chicago-based startup Kadeya designed a unique “closed-loop” water vending service based on reusable glass bottles that could help cut plastic waste in the vending sector.

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Video: Swedish rare earth discovery calls attention to mining’s effects on Sámi reindeer herders

By Lisa McDonald / February 22, 2023

In January 2023, Swedish state-owned mining company LKAB announced that it had identified more than 1 million tonnes of rare earth oxides near the town of Kiruna in northern Sweden. Though mining this deposit may reduce reliance on China for rare earths, the impacts of a new mine on Kiruna residents and the indigenous Sámi people cannot be overlooked.

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Video: How packaging affects the flavor of milk

By Lisa McDonald / February 15, 2023

While it is well known that packaging material can affect the flavor of food, the effect packaging has on milk has not been fully investigated. Researchers from North Carolina State University and Clemson University investigated the effect of packaging on both whole and skim milk.

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