International

Locked in rock: Carbon capture strategy looks to olivine to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere

By April Gocha / December 22, 2020

As we face dangerously rising carbon dioxide levels in the earth’s atmosphere, new strategies for carbon capture and storage that are not only effective but also scalable, affordable, and easy to implement are drastically needed. Could a simple green silicate mineral called olivine provide the solution?

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Hybrid SmartMat@2020 welcomes virtual and in-person participants to Thailand

By Eileen De Guire / December 18, 2020

The 5th International Conference on Smart Materials and Nanotechnology took place Dec. 1–4, 2020, at the Nongnooch Pattaya Garden & Resort in Thailand. The hybrid conference welcomed over 605 participants from around the world for several days of talks, committee meetings, and networking.

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Video: Clay tiles help restore coral reefs

By Lisa McDonald / December 16, 2020

Coral reefs are experiencing massive die-offs because of bleaching, ocean acidification, and pollution, among other factors. Coral restoration is a top priority for marine researchers, and a team of marine scientists and architects at the University of Hong Kong is exploring using 3D printing to fabricate structurally complex clay tiles for coral to grow on.

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Evaluating the potential of clay soils for industrial applications: A case study in Mozambique

By Lisa McDonald / November 6, 2020

Clay soils are essential raw materials in the ceramics industry. But how do manufacturers determine the potential of soils for industrial use when scoping out a new clay pit? An open-access study by three researchers in Mozambique shows how they evaluated soil potential based on samples extracted from the Manjacazi district.

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Video: Golem, the clay creature of Jewish lore

By Lisa McDonald / October 28, 2020

When we think about ceramics in history, we typically think of ancient pottery and art. But clay also is the material used to create an animated anthropomorphic being in Jewish lore called a golem. In the spirit of Halloween, today’s CTT takes a look at the history of this creature and depictions of it in contemporary media.

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Video: Celebrating Nuclear Science Week

By Lisa McDonald / October 21, 2020

This week is Nuclear Science Week! Celebrate the contributions that nuclear science makes to energy, space, and healthcare fields through videos and virtual events coordinated by the Nuclear Science Week national steering committee.

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Video: Toward an International Year of Glass

By Lisa McDonald / October 14, 2020

Since 1959, the General Assembly of the United Nations has designated specific years as United Nations International Years to acknowledged important fields of international endeavor and their contributions to society. Learn about a recent initiative spearheaded by the International Commission on Glass to have 2022 declared the International Year of Glass.

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Video: Plastic sand bricks offer affordable and sustainable housing in Kenya

By Lisa McDonald / October 7, 2020

Recycling plastic into bricks is an emerging industry in some developing countries that are looking to clean the environment while addressing affordable housing concerns. Gjenge Makers Ltd. in Kenya is one example of a company pursuing this production platform.

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Ceramics Expo Connect covers wide range of new and emerging ceramic applications

By Lisa McDonald / September 29, 2020

Ceramics Expo Connect, the virtual version of Ceramics Expo, took place Sept. 21–25, 2020. Panels, interviews, and roundtables covered a wide range of new and emerging ceramic applications across the five days.

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Latin America—Indigenous invention, plus more inside October/November 2020 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / September 24, 2020

The October/November 2020 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring an overview of research and markets in Latin America—is now available online. Plus—remembering Ted Day

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