International

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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Video: Celebrating World Oceans Day 2021

By Lisa McDonald / June 9, 2021

To celebrate World Oceans Day, which took place June 8, we’ve collected some of our recent CTTs on challenges and solutions related to the world ocean.

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Video: Senegal initiatives combat heat island effect in Dakar

By Lisa McDonald / May 26, 2021

The heat island effect is a major problem for many big cities, and relying on air conditioning for cooling can be expensive and increase air pollutants. Several initiatives in Dakar, the capital of Senegal, look to combat the heat using environmentally friendly and sustainable solutions.

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Updating guidance—European Union body now considers titanium dioxide ‘unsafe’ as a food additive

By Lisa McDonald / May 25, 2021

Titanium dioxide is widely used in food products to achieve a bright white color—but that may soon change. The European Food Safety Authority recently published an updated assessment of TiO2 as a food additive that characterizes the substance as unsafe.

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United Nations approves 2022 as the International Year of Glass

By Lisa McDonald / May 20, 2021

The United Nations General Assembly approved the formal resolution to declare 2022 as the International Year of Glass! Read the statement from Alicia Durán, president of the International Commission on Glass and chair of IYOG2022.

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Reverse engineering complements stylistic and iconographic analyses of ceramic figurines in southwest Colombia

By Lisa McDonald / May 14, 2021

Figurines created by people of the Tumaco-La Tolita culture give insight into their ancient society and ideology. Researchers in Colombia and the United Kingdom investigated use of a reverse engineering framework to complement conventional stylistic and iconographic analyses of these figurines.

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Reduce, reuse, recycle: How the ceramics industry is growing greener

By Jonathon Foreman / May 11, 2021

Academic and industrial ceramic researchers alike are exploring ways to minimize waste and maximize reuse in ceramics manufacturing. Several articles published in International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology demonstrate the resulting ecological and economic benefits of these activities.

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Video: Recent Greenland election sets new course for rare earth mining operations

By Lisa McDonald / April 14, 2021

Greenland is at the center of many recent discussions on establishing new rare earth mining operations outside of China. Greenland’s election on April 6, however, gave a different party its first-ever chance to form a government, which will likely shape the island’s future mining decisions.

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