Environment

Video: Winged microchips may form the basis of future environmental monitoring systems

By Lisa McDonald / October 6, 2021

Most monitoring technologies involve bulk instrumentation to collect data locally at a small number of locations. An international team of researchers developed tiny winged microchips that could be deployed in bulk for environmental monitoring of a large area.

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Improving sustainability of wind turbine blades through fiber reclamation and new resin

By Lisa McDonald / September 14, 2021

Wind turbine blades are notoriously difficult to recycle due to the mixed nature of the blade material. Two companies are exploring different ways to improve lifecycle sustainability through glass fiber reclamation and developing a new resin for the blade.

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Fishy origins: Researchers derive calcium phosphate bioceramics from salmon fish bone wastes

By Lisa McDonald / September 7, 2021

Compared to other meats, fish remains a relatively underutilized waste source in rendering processes. An international team of researchers investigated the possibility of deriving calcium phosphate bioceramics from salmon fish bone wastes.

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Video: Green ceramics for sustainable housing development

By Lisa McDonald / September 1, 2021

Sustainable manufacturing is about more than just recycling—it involves rethinking the way we collect, process, and reuse materials as well. A university–industry partnership in Australia looks to develop apartments that are made primarily with green ceramics and other repurposed waste materials.

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Video: National Park Service celebrates 105 years

By Lisa McDonald / August 25, 2021

Today, August 25, is the 105th anniversary of the National Park Service. Learn about the history of this federal agency, the types of sites it manages, and how it is dealing with overcrowded parks this summer.

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Ashes to glasses—researchers turn coal and rice husk ashes into glass-ceramic materials

By Lisa McDonald / August 20, 2021

In Colombia, industrial wastes such as rice husk and coal ashes are disposed of in uncontrolled landfills, generating high environmental impact. Researchers in Colombia and Spain explored turning these ashes into glass-ceramic materials as a way to keep them out of landfills.

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Video: Sand sculpting reaches new heights

By Lisa McDonald / August 4, 2021

Sand sculpting is a quintessential beach day activity. Learn the science behind what makes sand stick together, see the tallest sandcastle ever built, and find out tips for designing your own sand sculpture.

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Video: Celebrating World Oceans Day 2021

By Lisa McDonald / June 9, 2021

To celebrate World Oceans Day, which took place June 8, we’ve collected some of our recent CTTs on challenges and solutions related to the world ocean.

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Recovery of abrasive grains from grinding wheel waste

By Lisa McDonald / June 8, 2021

Grinding is a widely used machining process to smooth and shape parts, yet few studies have explored recovering abrasive grains from the rejected and spent grinding wheels. Sabarinathan Palaniyappan of SSN College of Engineering in India has published a number of papers with his supervisor V.E. Annamalai on this topic.

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Reduce, reuse, recycle: How the ceramics industry is growing greener

By Jonathon Foreman / May 11, 2021

Academic and industrial ceramic researchers alike are exploring ways to minimize waste and maximize reuse in ceramics manufacturing. Several articles published in International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology demonstrate the resulting ecological and economic benefits of these activities.

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