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Report: Nuclear has potential to play bigger role in meeting global energy demand

By Faye Oney / September 25, 2018

A new report from MIT Energy Initiative says that nuclear energy has the potential to be used as an alternative energy source as long as cost and policy issues are addressed. Read the report and watch the video to learn more.

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Range of topics inspire lively discussions, enthusiasm at MCARE 2018

By Jonathon Foreman / August 31, 2018

Nearly two hundred people from 25 countries converged in Vancouver, BC, Canada, August 20–23, for Materials Challenges in Alternative and Renewable Energy (MCARE 2018). The conference inspired a variety of discussions and a lot of enthusiasm.

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Video: This technology is already lowering cement’s carbon footprint

By Faye Oney / August 29, 2018

A Canadian company has commercialized a process that captures carbon dioxide waste to mix with concrete during production. This proprietary technology is a good first step in reducing cement’s impact on the environment.

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3-D printed Smart Slab offers unique architectural design, lower carbon footprint

By Faye Oney / August 24, 2018

Researchers have developed an architectural construction technology that combines 3-D-printed design with the strength of concrete. Smart Slab weighs less than half of conventional concrete and generates a lower carbon footprint.

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New study of Easter Island inhabitants suggests collaboration, not competition

By Faye Oney / August 21, 2018

A new study shows that early settlers of Easter Island collaborated with each other to build the giant moai statues that are scattered around the island. This disputes earlier theories that the inhabitants competed with each other, leading to their decline.

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Video: This ceramic artist combines science and art to create beautiful sculptures

By Faye Oney / August 8, 2018

Ceramic artist Sabri Ben-Achour creates unique sculptures by mixing a little science with art. He gets his inspiration from wabi-sabi, the Japanese philosophy of finding beauty in imperfection. Watch the video to see his distinctive techniques.

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JACerS Awards Symposium at MS&T18 features presentations of best ceramic science papers

By Jonathon Foreman / August 7, 2018

JACerS Awards Symposium will take place on October 17, 2018, at MS&T18 in Columbus, Ohio. The symposium features 13 presentations from invited authors of the best papers published in JACerS in the past two years.

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Color, eclectic design dominate Brick in Architecture Awards

By Faye Oney / August 3, 2018

The Brick Industry Association recently announced the winners of the 2018 Brick in Architecture Awards. Check out the Best in Class winners and watch a video of these inspiring brick designs.

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Video: 3-D printer creates 1,022 square-foot house for actual family

By Faye Oney / August 1, 2018

Architects in Nantes, France have created a 1,022 square-foot 3-D-printed house that a family of five has recently moved into. Watch the video to learn more about the house, which took 54 hours to print.

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Rare Earth Extraction Facility could lessen US dependence on imports, pump up West Virginia economy

By Faye Oney / July 27, 2018

The Rare Earth Extraction Facility, recently opened at West Virginia University, is developing a process to extract rare earth materials from acid mine drainage. The new facility could help lessen U.S. dependence on REE imports as well as boost the West Virginia economy.

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