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From division to directorate—panel suggests elevating materials research status within NSF

By Lisa McDonald / November 12, 2019

The National Academies recently released a materials research decadal survey claiming large investments by countries in Europe and East Asia jeopardize U.S. leadership in materials science. Could elevating materials research from a division to directorate within NSF help focus national attention and increase funding?

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Mo-Sci announces premier sponsorship of ICG 2019

By Andrea Ross / August 10, 2018

Mo-Sci Corporation announced this week that it be a premier sponsor of the 25th International Congress on Glass (ICG 2019) to be held in Boston, Mass., in June 2019.

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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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Teachers and mentors honored for their contributions to STEM programs

By Faye Oney / July 3, 2018

The White House will present more than 140 teachers, mentors, and organizations with special presidential awards, consisting of a presidential citation and $10,000, to recognize their contributions to enhancing student learning in the STEM subjects.

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Video: ‘Super window’ technology is giant leap in saving the planet

By Faye Oney / June 27, 2018

Researchers at Berkeley Lab have developed a “super window” that is twice as insulating and more energy efficient than most windows on the market today. They are currently working with major manufacturers to eventually bring it to market.

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Making higher-performing lithium batteries using ‘pickling’ process

By Faye Oney / June 22, 2018

Researchers discovered that a chemical reaction that takes place when a performance-enhancing additive is mixed into a lithium battery’s electrolyte can suppress its decomposition—similar to the pickling process. This discovery could lead to higher-performing batteries.

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Video: Watch a simple fabric wristband control small household appliances

By Faye Oney / June 20, 2018

Researchers have devised a simple electronic textile that uses carbon nanotubes to provide an electrical charge. The device enables users to control a computer or small appliance by swiping a finger over the fabric.

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US DOE offers $3 million for solutions to advance solar manufacturing

By Faye Oney / June 15, 2018

The U.S. Department of Energy recently launched a $3 million competition to advance solar manufacturing in the U.S. The American-Made Solar Prize competition is open to all U.S.-based businesses and individuals.

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Vitrification process turns radioactive waste into durable glass for safe disposal

By Faye Oney / June 8, 2018

Researchers have successfully converted radioactive waste into glass through vitrification at the Hanford Nuclear Site. The test is part of an overall plan to send low-activity waste directly to the vitrification facility via Direct Feed Low-Activity Waste system.

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Video: Move over driverless cars—These 3-D printed autonomous boats reduce traffic by hauling goods, people

By Faye Oney / June 6, 2018

We have driverless cars. What about driverless boats? Researchers at MIT have designed an autonomous 3-D printed boat that can transport people and deliver goods to their destinations, reducing traffic on roads.

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