Education

Improve your science communication skills with ACerS “Communicating Science” webpage

By Lisa McDonald / June 26, 2020

In recent years, the ability to communicate science to the general public has become increasingly important—but knowing how to do so effectively is a skill not always taught in school. ACerS new “Communicating Science” webpage provides a list of useful resources on effective science communication skills.

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Unblock your learning potential: Jenga teaches students how lithium-ion batteries work

By Lisa McDonald / June 26, 2020

Lithium-ion batteries are abundant in many everyday devices, but the resources available to teach children how these batteries work and why they are important are limited. A team of researchers from the University of Birmingham’s School of Chemistry developed a unique and fun approach to explaining Li-ion battery operation using tower block games like Jenga.

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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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Author Q&A: The Alchemy of Us explores our transformative relationship with materials

By April Gocha / April 24, 2020

A new book out this month, The Alchemy of Us by Ainissa Ramirez, tells the story of materials science through a perhaps unexpected lens—by sharing not only the stories of materials discoveries but also how those discoveries shaped us, society, and history.

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Could glass be used to make reusable PPE?

By Lisa McDonald / April 17, 2020

As countries around the world continue their fight against COVID-19, personal protective equipment is in short supply—especially because many items generally can be used only once. Could glass be used to create washable and reusable PPE? ACerS Distinguished Life Member Arun Varshneya explains why glass may not be the best approach.

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Video: Record production made easy

By Lisa McDonald / April 8, 2020

Unlike CDs and tapes, you cannot easily create a vinyl record at home. A new Japanese machine—the Easy Record Maker—looks to change that.

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Scientists, engineers, manufacturers, and more—what can you do to help respond to the coronavirus pandemic?

By April Gocha / April 7, 2020

Now, more than ever, it is critical for scientists, engineers, manufacturers, and other experts to contribute their knowledge, skills, and time to help advance our understanding of the coronavirus as well as devise strategies to mitigate the pandemic’s effects. Not sure where to start? We’ve got a list of ideas.

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Video: Capturing virus in glass

By Lisa McDonald / March 25, 2020

Since 2004, British artist Luke Jerram has created glass sculptures depicting various well-known viruses, including AIDS and smallpox. He now has created a glass version of the novel coronavirus as well.

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Modeling murder—Weibull statistics bring new insights to violent mortality rates of Roman emperors

By Lisa McDonald / January 24, 2020

Weibull distribution is widely used in reliability engineering to mathematically describe time-to-failure of materials. A recent paper shows this distribution describes another type of “failure” remarkably well—time-to-violent-death of Roman emperors.

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Porcelain enamel in history: The all-ceramic homes of World War II

By April Gocha / November 26, 2019

Porcelain enamel is found in various products, places, and applications in modern homes, but at one point in history, it looked like houses would be made entirely of this material. Learn the history of the Lustron homes that served as a quick and low-cost solution to the post-World War II housing crisis.

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