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Toward a clean water supply—glass-ceramic photocatalysts purify water

By Jonathon Foreman / June 11, 2019

Many places in the world lack access to clean water. Scientists from the Indian Institute of Technology Mandi suggest glass-ceramic photocatalysts could offer a safe and cost-effective way to purify water.

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Reflective glass beads could slow the retreat of Arctic sea ice

By Lisa McDonald / May 21, 2019

Arctic sea ice continues to decrease at an accelerating rate each year. Nonprofit group Ice911 proposes spreading reflective glass beads on the ice to slow melting.

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Coal-derived quantum dots offer basis for effective antioxidant

By Lisa McDonald / May 14, 2019

Coal can cause serious health issues when burned as a fuel. But when used as a source of graphene quantum dots, it could help treat traumatic injuries, as Rice University researchers and their colleagues show in new research.

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Video: Create nacre in the lab—and maybe on the moon!

By Lisa McDonald / May 8, 2019

An international team of researchers developed a cost-effective and environmentally friendly method for creating nacre, which could be used in a wide range of applications, from biomedical implants to moon habitats.

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Robot uses capacitive sensors in soft hands to separate recyclable materials

By April Gocha / April 23, 2019

Researchers at MIT developed a robot that can effectively separate mixed recyclable materials, using two flexible silicone “hands” to feel the difference between paper, metal, and plastic.

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Magnetic oxides provide alternative to clean up oil spills

By Lisa McDonald / April 23, 2019

Researchers in Germany developed functionalized iron oxide nanoparticles that can attract hydrocarbons. They are working with industry partners to transfer the concept to real-world oil spill cleanup operations.

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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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