International

Video: ‘Clay as Soft Power’ exhibition examines how Shigaraki ware may have helped mend postwar Japanese–U.S. relations

By Lisa McDonald / January 25, 2023

Following World War II, how did Japan and the United States repair their relationship and become as close as they are today? A new exhibition at the University of Michigan Museum of Art examines how Shigaraki ware may have helped transform the U.S. public’s image of Japan.

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Video: ‘Invisible’ solar roof tiles bring sustainable technology to historical sites

By Lisa McDonald / January 4, 2023

Implementing new sustainable materials and technologies into designated historical sites is complicated by the need to preserve the area’s historical nature. In Italy, managers of a project to improve the safety of the Archaeological Park of Pompeii worked with the owners of a small family-run business to install solar panels that blend into the ancient city’s traditional buildings.

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Video: A look back on the International Year of Glass and a turn to the future

By Lisa McDonald / December 21, 2022

With the spectacular International Year of Glass at its end, today’s CTT looks back on some of the many events which took place this year. Included is a special address to the community by Megan McElfresh, executive director of the Stained Glass Association of America.

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Video: Ceramic-based nesting boxes offer cool haven for African penguins

By Lisa McDonald / December 14, 2022

Over the past two centuries, the number of African penguins has plummeted more than 99%. The African Penguin Nest Project is an international team creating double-layered ceramic nesting boxes to protect African penguins from predators and the sun, which will hopefully lead to growth in the penguin population.

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Video: Observatory tidings—as research pivots to education in Puerto Rico, Iranian telescope records first light

By Lisa McDonald / November 9, 2022

While missions that take place in space often capture media headlines, ground-based operations are equally important in our search to understand the cosmos. Today’s CTT covers two recent announcements concerning observatories in Puerto Rico and Iran.

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Turkey’s advanced R&D inspires tomorrow’s innovations, plus more inside October/November 2022 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / September 22, 2022

The October/November 2022 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring an overview of research and markets in Turkey—is now available online. Plus—the etymological origins of various names for “glass.”

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Video: Hydrogen taxi takes to the streets in Brussels

By Lisa McDonald / September 21, 2022

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are another option besides electric vehicles to decarbonize the transportation industry. Brussels-based taxi company Taxis Verts just launched a one-year pilot project exploring the potential of using hydrogen fuel cell cars in its fleet.

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Video: Approval of industrial seafloor mining trial elicits scrutiny from marine scientists and journalists

By Lisa McDonald / September 14, 2022

On Sept. 7, 2022, Canadian mining startup The Metals Company announced the International Seabed Authority greenlit their plan to conduct an industrial seafloor mining trial to extract polymetallic nodules. While marine scientists are concerned about the environmental effects of deep-sea mining in general, an investigative report by The New York Times questions the choice of The Metals Company to conduct this trial.

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Video: ‘Shattered glass of Beirut’ exhibit reflects Lebanon’s road to recovery

By Lisa McDonald / August 31, 2022

More than two years have passed since a massive stockpile of ammonium nitrate exploded at the port of Beirut, killing hundreds and displacing thousands in the capital of Lebanon. The restoration of some shattered ancient glass vessels by a collaborative international partnership serves as a microcosm for the larger restoration efforts.

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Pottery probe shows continuity of southeastern Hispaniola cultures

By Lisa McDonald / August 30, 2022

Mona Passage, a strait which separates the islands of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico, is believed to have served as a reception area for migration groups during the early Common Era. A recent open-access study contends that despite there being a broader regional network of interaction, the stable manufacturing tradition suggests a cultural continuity in the communities that lived there.

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