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From 30 N to 490 N—breaking the limit of oxide glass microductility

By Lisa McDonald / July 30, 2019

A main shortcoming of oxide glasses is that they are brittle. Researchers in Denmark and the United States found they could increase the crack resistance of such glasses enormously by subjecting the glass surface to humid aging.

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Video: Are vehicle escape tools lifesavers? Depends on the glass

By Lisa McDonald / July 24, 2019

Knowing the type of glass in your car side windows could save you in an emergency. A new study by AAA found that out of six vehicle escape tools, only four could shatter tempered glass and none could break laminated glass, which stayed intact even after being cracked.

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Video: ‘Hammer’ home the difference between liquid glass and tempered glass screen protectors

By Lisa McDonald / July 17, 2019

When it comes to smartphone screen protectors, you can choose between plastic, glass—and liquid glass. See how liquid glass screen protectors compare to tempered glass and uncovered screens when put through a few DIY scratch tests.

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No pressure, no problem—researchers create transparent nanoceramics using pressureless crystallization

By Lisa McDonald / July 16, 2019

Transparent ceramics offer advantages over conventional glass and single-crystal technologies—could transparent nanoceramics be even more advantageous? Researchers show how pressureless glass crystallization could offer an easier way to synthesize transparent nanoceramics.

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Boston becomes Glass City as it welcomes 900 glass scientists, engineers, and manufacturers

By Eileen De Guire / June 18, 2019

More than 900 people from 45 countries attended the International Congress on Glass and the Annual Meeting of The American Ceramic Society Glass and Optical Materials Division in Boston, Mass., June 9–14, 2019.

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Two materials, one theory—unified thermal transport formula describes heat flow in both crystals and glass

By Lisa McDonald / June 14, 2019

Previously, two separate theories described heat transport in ordered and disordered materials. A new general theory by Swiss and Italian researchers describes thermal transport in both, as well as everything in between.

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Optical fibers provide new twist on traditional 3D printing process

By Lisa McDonald / June 7, 2019

Researchers from Notre Dame, Missouri S&T, and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory developed a fused filament fabrication method that uses optical fibers as a feedstock. Their method could help create devices ideal for optical applications.

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Glass innovation in the grocery store, plus more inside June/July 2019 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / May 24, 2019

The June/July 2019 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring articles on glass advances and innovations—is now available online.

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Make better perfume bottles quickly and inexpensively

By Jonathon Foreman / May 24, 2019

Researchers from the United States and Europe developed a numerical model for manufacturing perfume bottles that could cut the cost and time associated with designing new glass containers.

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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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