International

Video: Hagoromo Fulltouch—The chalk hoarding of 2015

By Lisa McDonald / March 18, 2020

In light of the supply hoarding taking place in response to COVID-19, we look at another recent hoarding event: the Hagoromo Fulltouch chalk hoarding of 2015.

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Video: Coronavirus shapes the global ceramic tile industry

By Lisa McDonald / March 11, 2020

The novel coronavirus sweeping the globe is significantly affecting all aspects of society. The global ceramic and glass communities experience the effects in numerous ways, but for ceramic tile makers in India, the coronavirus presents a chance for them to enter markets previously dominated by China.

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Several ‘firsts’ at the 44th International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites

By Eileen De Guire / February 7, 2020

The International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites (ICACC 2020) took place January 26–31 in Daytona Beach, Fla. Over 1,000 people attended, with 50% coming from outside the United States.

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The best of both worlds—ferroelectric crystals exhibit both high transparency and piezoelectricity

By Lisa McDonald / February 7, 2020

Previous attempts to increase transparency of ferroelectric crystals have decreased piezoelectricity. An international team of scientists led by The Pennsylvania State University and Xi’an Jiaotong University now shows that selective engineering of domain walls can improve both properties.

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Video: Bottle houses—another way to reuse glass

By Lisa McDonald / February 5, 2020

Many glass recycling initiatives focus on crushing the original glass product and turning it into something else. However, you do not need to necessarily crush glass to reuse it, as numerous “bottle houses” around the world show. Take a look at a few of the famous ones.

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Video: Starlink strife and a possible four-satellite solution

By Lisa McDonald / January 29, 2020

With just under 200 of 12,000 satellites launched, SpaceX’s planned Starlink constellation is already causing major complications for astronomers. Global internet coverage could theoretically be achieved with only four satellites, and a new paper proposes a way to make such a constellation economically feasible.

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Video: Deep sea mining—the search for critical materials dives into dark waters

By Lisa McDonald / January 22, 2020

As the global batteries market expands rapidly in parallel with renewable energy technologies and electric vehicles, manufacturers are looking for new sources of critical materials. Deep sea mining is one possibility—but at what cost to the environment?

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Setting the standard—ASTM Committee C28 Advanced Ceramics going strong in its 4th decade

By Lisa McDonald / January 17, 2020

With over 50 standards on test methods, practices, guides, terminology, and specification for advanced ceramics under its jurisdiction, Committee C28 is proud to hold its first meetings of the year in conjunction with ACerS in January 2020.

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Understanding tungsten erosion in tokamak walls

By Lisa McDonald / January 17, 2020

Tokamaks, a leading candidate for practical fusion reactors, are moving from using carbon to using tungsten to protect a tokamak’s walls—but plasma instabilities can erode tungsten. Scientists look to understand the physical mechanisms driving this erosion.

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Video: 3D-printed homes for those in need

By Lisa McDonald / January 8, 2020

Texas-based construction company ICON built the first permitted 3D-printed house in 2018. Now, working with nonprofit organizations New Story and ÉCHALE, ICON completed the first two of 50 planned 3D-printed houses to help local communities in Mexico.

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