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The rebirth of stained glass: From medieval religious art to modern architectural design, Part 3

By Guest Contributor / April 30, 2024

Though the tradition of creating grand stained-glass windows is less common than it was before, the art form remains an important part of our culture today. In April 2024, CTT is running a special three-part series on stained glass. Part 3 covers the revival of stained glass in the 19th and 20th centuries and its use today.

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PACC-FMAs 2024 welcomes a swell of new attendees for a week of talks and sloths

By Lisa McDonald / April 19, 2024

The 2024 Pan American Ceramics Congress and Ferroelectrics Meeting of Americas took place April 7–11 in Panama City, Panama. The conference witnessed a surge in attendance compared to 2022 and welcomed a record-number of students from South American countries.

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The rebirth of stained glass: From medieval religious art to modern architectural design, Part 2

By Guest Contributor / April 16, 2024

Though the tradition of creating grand stained-glass windows is less common than it was before, the art form remains an important part of our culture today. In April 2024, CTT is running a special three-part series on stained glass. Part 2 provides an overview of the early history of colored glass and details the rise and fall of stained-glass windows between the 11th and 16th centuries.

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Dairy residues on Neolithic pottery show that ancient Europeans loved cheese from multiple species

By Guest Contributor / April 5, 2024

Archaeologists have repeatedly shown that dairy products were an essential part of late Stone Age diets despite virtually all Neolithic Europeans being lactose intolerant. University of York researchers led a study that suggests early farmers used dairy products from multiple different animals and reduced the lactose content in milk by making it into cheese.

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The rebirth of stained glass: From medieval religious art to modern architectural design, Part 1

By Guest Contributor / April 2, 2024

Though the tradition of creating grand stained-glass windows is less common than it was before, the art form remains an important part of our culture today. In April 2024, CTT is running a special three-part series on stained glass. Part 1 overviews the techniques used to create stained glass.

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Navigating supply constraints: Reappraisal of red clays in porcelain stoneware production

By Lisa McDonald / March 29, 2024

With Ukrainian clay in short supply and high demand, tile manufacturers are considering reformulating their tiles based on clay in local deposits. Researchers in Italy conducted a comprehensive characterization of two iron-rich Italian clays to determine their suitability for porcelain stoneware production.

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Finnish startup scales sand battery technology to the next level

By Lisa McDonald / March 15, 2024

Finnish startup Polar Night Energy, which developed and installed its first commercial-scale “sand battery” energy storage system in 2022, is now collaborating with Finnish district heating company Loviisan Lämpö to build an industrial-scale sand battery system in Pornainen, Finland.

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Video: 2023 Brick in Architecture Awards showcase the best of brick design

By Lisa McDonald / March 13, 2024

Since 1989, the Brick Industry Association has sponsored the Brick in Architecture Awards to recognize exceptional uses of clay brick in architecture. The 44 global winners for the 2023 awards include entries spanning the United States, Canada, China, and Mexico, plus the first-ever winner in Russia.

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Video: New supply chain strategies aim to secure access to critical resources

By Lisa McDonald / January 24, 2024

In response to global supply chain disruptions, many governments are implementing new programs to ensure continued and secure access to critical resources. Learn about some recent programs that were announced in the past few months.

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Communicating the sustainability crisis: ACerS members help lead the charge for action with new paper, alliance

By Lisa McDonald / January 16, 2024

The world is facing a fundamental sustainability crisis. Scientists have a role to play in not only developing new materials and technologies to combat the crisis but also in communicating about the situation to the public. Several ACerS members have made significant strides in this regard with the release of a new paper and helping to establish a new international alliance.

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