International

European Ceramic Society Conference attracts 1,300 to Lyon, the City of Lights

By Eileen De Guire / July 11, 2023

The European Ceramic Society held its biennial conference on July 2–6, 2023, in Lyon, France. About 1,300 people attended the conference, which featured 16 symposia, an exposition hall, and a gala dinner.

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Video: Scotland’s proposed container recycling scheme faces delays and controversy

By Lisa McDonald / June 14, 2023

Over the past few years, the Scotland government has worked to develop a deposit return scheme to increase recycling rates for drink containers in the country. However, implementation of the scheme has been delayed due to pushback from retailers and drinks companies. A recent decision by the U.K. government excluding glass from the scheme has now pushed back the launch date to October 2025.

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Video: UK announces new plan, new partnership for semiconductor industry

By Lisa McDonald / May 24, 2023

After a series of delays, the United Kingdom finally announced its strategy, as well as a new Japanese partnership, for supporting the semiconductor industry. Details of these plans—as well as industry response so far—are given in today’s CTT.

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Video: Cement Association of Canada takes concrete steps toward a net-zero cement and concrete industry

By Lisa McDonald / May 10, 2023

Various regional and global groups within the cement and concrete industry are actively working to help achieve a reduction in emissions in this sector. The Cement Association of Canada is one such group, and today’s CTT looks at several prominent initiatives the Association has helped launch this past year.

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Geochemistry provides insight into ceramic production and exchange of ancient Wari civilization

By Guest Contributor / May 5, 2023

The expansive Wari civilization was the first political structure to unify the south-central and north-central Andes. A new study used ceramic geochemical analysis to learn more about this ancient civilization.

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Video: 2022 Brick in Architecture Awards expand with new ‘thin brick’ category

By Lisa McDonald / April 19, 2023

Since 1989, the Brick Industry Association has sponsored the Brick in Architecture Awards to recognize exceptional uses of clay brick in architecture. The 45 global winners for the 2022 awards include entries spanning the United States, Australia, Canada, China, and Germany.

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Video: A new wave in the battle for data—China and the US clash over submarine cable control

By Lisa McDonald / April 5, 2023

The global submarine cable system carries about 95% of all global transnational communication data. In recent years, concerns that this network may be used to conduct espionage is driving a clash between China and the United States over which companies will secure contracts to lay strategic cable networks.

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Video: Swedish rare earth discovery calls attention to mining’s effects on Sámi reindeer herders

By Lisa McDonald / February 22, 2023

In January 2023, Swedish state-owned mining company LKAB announced that it had identified more than 1 million tonnes of rare earth oxides near the town of Kiruna in northern Sweden. Though mining this deposit may reduce reliance on China for rare earths, the impacts of a new mine on Kiruna residents and the indigenous Sámi people cannot be overlooked.

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Video: Giant Mine—a case study in mine remediation

By Lisa McDonald / February 8, 2023

Giant Mine is a closed gold mine located just north of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. Efforts are underway to remediate the site, including a study on the potential of vitrification as a permanent solution to the site’s toxic arsenic trioxide dust.

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Video: Around-the-world boat race conducts science along the way

By Lisa McDonald / February 1, 2023

The Ocean Race is a boat race around the world, held every three or four years since 1973. Starting with the 2017–2018 race, the Ocean Race organizers and racing teams coordinate a science program in tandem with the race to gather data on the ocean.

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