Video: James Webb Space Telescope’s 30-year journey to launch

By Lisa McDonald / January 12, 2022

In December 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope finally launched after decades of delays. Today’s CTT looks at JWST’s 30-year journey to launch and ways that NASA could restructure its approach to large-scale projects in the future.

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Industry survey lays out constraints to rare earth element supply diversification

By Lisa McDonald / January 11, 2022

Diversifying the supply chain is a main approach that the rare earth industry is taking to ensure adequate supply of rare earth elements, but there are challenges to diversification. A recent industry survey provides an excellent rundown of these challenges.

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DOE SunShot and Energy Earthshots initiatives support move toward clean energy

By Lisa McDonald / January 4, 2022

The Sunshot and Energy Earthshots initiatives by the U.S. Department of Energy are playing key roles in supporting the move toward clean and renewable energy technologies. See what these initiatives have accomplished so far and how DOE plans to expand them this year.

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Video: Preparing for the International Year of Glass

By Lisa McDonald / December 22, 2021

The United Nations International Year of Glass will take place in 2022. Learn about some of the events planned to celebrate and how you can get involved.

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Video: Tonga builds its climate resilience

By Lisa McDonald / December 15, 2021

Pacific Island nations are among those most at risk from climate change. The Kingdom of Tonga is one Pacific Island nation that exemplifies the work being done in this region to build climate resilience.

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Materials Genome Initiative updates strategic plan

By Eileen De Guire / December 10, 2021

In November 2021, the National Science and Technology Council subcommittee marked the 10th anniversary of the Materials Genome Initiative by issuing a new, comprehensive five-year strategic plan for the MGI. Learn more about the new plan in today’s CTT.

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Video: History of vintage ceramic Christmas trees

By Lisa McDonald / December 8, 2021

Looking for ways to spruce up your holiday decorations? Learn the history behind the vintage ceramic Christmas trees of the mid-20th century and things to consider when purchasing one of your own.

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Video: Floating solar projects around the world

By Lisa McDonald / December 1, 2021

While Japan and China lead the market for floating solar parks, more countries are investing in this technology. Today’s CTT highlights several recent floating solar projects around the world, as well as a few floating wind projects.

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Materials for cleansing and beauty: A review on the use of calcium phosphates in cosmetics

By Lisa McDonald / November 30, 2021

There are many applications for calcium phosphate in the medical field. Recently, the cosmetics industry has taken an interest in this mineral family as well, and a new open-access paper reviews what the industry has used calcium phosphate for so far.

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Game-changers: Ceramic and glass materials in sports, plus more inside December 2021 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / November 19, 2021

The December 2021 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring an overview of ceramic and glass materials in sports—is now available online. Plus—new C&GM and ceramicSOURCE 2022.

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