Policy

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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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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Obstacles and opportunities to commercializing carbon capture and storage

By Lisa McDonald / April 27, 2021

Despite extensive support, the vast majority of projects that seek to commercialize carbon capture and storage technologies have ended in failure. Researchers led by the University of California, San Diego investigated the factors important to determining failure or success.

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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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Endless Frontier Act: Will applied research become a main focus for the National Science Foundation?

By Lisa McDonald / March 26, 2021

The National Science Foundation is one of the main federal funding sources for basic science research—but China’s significantly increased investments in scientific research has led some U.S. senators to propose a bill that would reorganize NSF to support more applied research. Learn more about this proposal in today’s CTT.

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Exploring effects of deep sea mining: Polymetallic nodule extraction may cause long-term reduction of carbon flow throughput

By Lisa McDonald / October 13, 2020

Deep sea mining is of great interest to mining companies, but scientists worry about the environmental impacts. A new study finds extraction of polymetallic nodules will likely reduce ecosystem functioning on at least decadal time scales.

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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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Setting the standard—ASTM Committee C28 Advanced Ceramics going strong in its 4th decade

By Lisa McDonald / January 17, 2020

With over 50 standards on test methods, practices, guides, terminology, and specification for advanced ceramics under its jurisdiction, Committee C28 is proud to hold its first meetings of the year in conjunction with ACerS in January 2020.

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Ceramics and glass make a home, plus more inside December 2019 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / November 21, 2019

The December 2019 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring ceramic and glass materials in a house—is now available online. Plus—ceramicSOURCE 2020 and C&GM (new!)

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From division to directorate—panel suggests elevating materials research status within NSF

By Lisa McDonald / November 12, 2019

The National Academies recently released a materials research decadal survey claiming large investments by countries in Europe and East Asia jeopardize U.S. leadership in materials science. Could elevating materials research from a division to directorate within NSF help focus national attention and increase funding?

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