International

Video: Celebrating mothers in science

By Lisa McDonald / May 6, 2020

In many countries around the world, the second Sunday of May is Mother’s Day. Many women who are mothers work full-time or part-time jobs as well, so in today’s CTT, we celebrate all the mothers in science!

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Water, water everywhere… Now to clean it up

By Jonathon Foreman / May 5, 2020

Making clean, drinkable water is not an easy process, and researchers are working diligently to simplify the process. Two articles published in ACerS journals demonstrate new developments in using ceramic materials as photocatalysts.

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Scientists, engineers, manufacturers, and more—what can you do to help respond to the coronavirus pandemic?

By April Gocha / April 7, 2020

Now, more than ever, it is critical for scientists, engineers, manufacturers, and other experts to contribute their knowledge, skills, and time to help advance our understanding of the coronavirus as well as devise strategies to mitigate the pandemic’s effects. Not sure where to start? We’ve got a list of ideas.

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A call to the ACerS community: How can glass and ceramic materials contribute to fighting COVID-19?

By Lisa McDonald / March 31, 2020

Here are ACerS, we recently received a question from one of our members—how can ceramic and glass materials contribute to fighting COVID-19? We ask our community for help in answering this question.

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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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