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Predicting macroscale friction in clay-like materials using microscale calculations

By Lisa McDonald / April 12, 2019

Japanese researchers found they could explain macroscopic friction in muscovite using theoretical calculations of microscale frictional forces. They hope to develop a theory that can explain frictional strength across a broad range of clay and clay-like minerals.

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Could our newfound aversion to plastic prove to be a boon to glass?

By April Gocha / April 2, 2019

With a plummeting public opinion of plastic, shifting consumer preferences and new initiatives designed to reduce waste may offer some interesting possibilities for glass packaging.

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Video: Smartphone smoothie provides look at rare earth content of phones

By Lisa McDonald / March 27, 2019

University of Plymouth researchers put a smartphone in a blender to quantify the materials composition of an average phone. They hope to encourage greater recycling rates with their project.

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A materials dead end? The unraveling of the recycling cycle

By April Gocha / March 26, 2019

Although 91 percent of the plastics discarded on this planet have never been recycled, the materials recycling status of glass has to be better…right? A daunting look at the current state of recycling.

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Turning carbon dioxide into fuel: Improved nanocatalyst stability boosts artificial photosynthesis efficiency

By Lisa McDonald / February 26, 2019

Improved artificial photosynthesis methods would allow production of alternative fuels without burning fossil fuels. New research lays the foundation for designing ultrastable nanocatalysts for such methods.

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Video: From rooftop to reservoir—benefits of floatovoltaics

By Lisa McDonald / February 20, 2019

A new National Renewable Energy Laboratory study outlines benefits of floating photovoltaic systems over land-based solar panels, but it cautions more research is needed to understand all potential impacts.

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Optical fibers shake up earthquake monitoring systems

By Lisa McDonald / February 12, 2019

A team of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers showed “dark fibers,” unused fiber-optic cables that crisscross the United States underground, could be co-opted to serve as sensors in earthquake monitoring systems.

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Do the environment a (bio)solid—use bio-bricks!

By Lisa McDonald / February 1, 2019

RMIT University researchers found biosolids-enhanced bricks showed lower thermal conductivity and reduced brick firing energy demands compared to traditional bricks.

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From toilet to pipeline: Sanitary ware ceramics could serve all sewage needs

By Lisa McDonald / January 25, 2019

What happens to sanitary ware ceramics after their life as a toilet comes to an end? According to new research, these ceramics could be recycled for another useful purpose—as aggregate for concrete.

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Environmentally-friendly bio-bricks: Urine for a surprise

By Faye Oney / November 27, 2018

Researchers have developed a method of creating bio-bricks from human urine. The process also offers by-products of nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium that could be used as components in commercial fertilizers.

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