Video: Celebrating Hispanic scientists during National Hispanic Heritage Month

By Lisa McDonald / October 13, 2021

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which ends this Friday October 15, we take a look at a few Hispanic scientists whose research has made a big impact on today’s world.

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Video: European Commission proposes single standard charger for many electronic devices

By Lisa McDonald / September 29, 2021

Ever since some major phone producers pledged to harmonize chargers for data-enabled mobile phones in 2009, most chargers are now based on USB ports and connectors. Now, the European Commission is proposing legislation that would require USB Type C be the standard port for all smartphones and many other electronic devices.

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Extracting proteins from pottery: Researchers advance proteomic profiling of ceramic artifacts

By Lisa McDonald / September 28, 2021

There are relatively few examples of successful recovery and identification of archeological protein residues from ceramic artifacts. Researchers led by the University of Catania in Italy looked to advance the application of proteomics to ancient ceramics by investigating prehistoric pottery from the Maltese Bronze/Iron Age site of il-Qlejgħa tal-Baħrija.

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Beyond bauxite—researchers explore laterite as an alternative source of aluminum

By Lisa McDonald / September 24, 2021

Bauxite ore is the world’s primary source of aluminum, but concerns about the supply chain have the aluminum industry interested in identifying alternative sources. Researchers in Sri Lanka explored the potential of laterite as an alternative source.

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Africa—A wealth of resources and aspirations, plus more inside October/November 2021 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / September 16, 2021

The October/November 2021 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring an overview of research and markets in Africa—is now available online. Plus—gradient refractive index optics.

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Making glass research more Fun: The Centre for Functional and Surface Functionalized Glass

By Jonathon Foreman / September 14, 2021

The Centre for Functional and Surface Functionalized Glass (FunGlass) is an international center for basic and applied research and training in glass science and engineering. A special issue of the International Journal of Applied Glass Science details some of the research performed at FunGlass.

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Video: Reach your destination safely with in-shoe navigation

By Lisa McDonald / August 11, 2021

Navigating a big city can be challenging for people with visual impairment. A new in-shoe navigation system being developed through a Honda-based business creation program could help people expand their freedom of mobility.

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Video: Cement production in Sweden

By Lisa McDonald / July 21, 2021

Despite concrete being the second most consumed material in the world, the global construction industry currently is experiencing a cement shortage due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how a recent decision by the Swedish Supreme Land and Environmental Court may complicate Sweden’s cement production further in the coming months and years.

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Video: Glass bridges—designing for safety

By Lisa McDonald / June 23, 2021

In recent years, China has undergone a glass bridge building boom as local authorities seek to entice tourists. Despite the brittleness of glass, civil engineers explain how careful design can ensure the safety of bridges built from this material.

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Video: Braille smartwatch makes accessing information easier for people with vision impairment

By Lisa McDonald / June 16, 2021

Despite being on the market for decades, braille displays remain very costly, typically in the range of several thousand dollars. Dot Incorporation, a company cofounded by South Korean entrepreneur Eric Ju-Yoon Kim, created a smartwatch featuring a braille touchpad that only costs a few hundred dollars—and the technology can be applied to other devices as well.

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