Education

Video: How Crystal Palace Dinosaurs brought paleontology to the people

By Lisa McDonald / September 23, 2020

More than 100 years before the movie Jurassic Park captured public interest, curiosity in dinosaurs was piqued by the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs, the first life-sized models of extinct animals ever made. Though the scientific accuracy of the sculptures is largely incorrect based on current knowledge, the sculptures’ impact on public interest in paleontology is recognized to this day.

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Engineered to perfection: The science of chocolate and designing a better chocolate chip

By April Gocha / September 4, 2020

Although chocolate is a simple pleasure for many people around the world, the science behind chocolate as a food and as a material is deliciously complex. Now an industrial designer has re-engineered the chocolate chip to maximize taste and texture, giving it optimal surface area with angular features.

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How effective is that mask? Depends on what materials it is made of

By April Gocha / July 21, 2020

There is no shortage of options available when shopping for nonmedical face masks, yet most provide little information about their filter efficiency and breathability—important considerations for a mask that is both efficient and comfortable. But a recent study offers more complete data on the performance of an array of common materials.

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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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