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What can ancient Roman structures tell us about improving durability for cementitious materials? This and much more inside June/July 2018 ACerS Bulletin

By Faye Oney / May 18, 2018

The June/July 2018 issue of the ACerS Bulletin is now available online. You’ll find stories about how ancient concrete is providing insights into new durable concrete, perspectives from students, and much more.

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Ceramics Expo opens with crowded expo, leadership panel

By Faye Oney / May 2, 2018

Ceramics Expo 2018 officially kicked off on Tuesday with a discussion and overview of the advanced ceramic and glass industry, challenges for research and manufacturing, and areas for future growth.

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Congress-approved spending bill proposes big boosts to research funding

By April Gocha / March 23, 2018

The U.S. Senate just approved a $1.3 trillion spending package that significantly increases funding for research—the plan increases R&D funding by 12.8% over 2017 figures, the largest increases to research spending in nearly a decade.

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President’s executive order could mean less dependence on critical mineral imports

By Faye Oney / January 12, 2018

President Trump recently signed an executive order to explore new sources of 23 critical minerals in the U.S. The directive could spur domestic production of critical minerals, including rare-earth elements, and lessen U.S. dependence on imported minerals.

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Revised composite materials handbook strives to standardize engineering of ceramic matrix composites

By April Gocha / December 20, 2017

A new and updated Composite Materials Handbook Volume 5: Ceramic Matrix Composites adds important data and reference materials for ceramic matrix composite materials, including sections describing ceramic matrix composite materials/processing, design/analysis guidelines, testing procedures, and data analysis and acceptance.  

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Materials needs for the future—WMRIF outlines prominent trends and challenges in materials science and engineering

By April Gocha / December 1, 2017

One of the missions of the World Materials Research Institutes Forum is development and dissemination of the ten most prominent trends and challenges in materials science and engineering needed for future economic, environmental, and social needs.

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Looming threat of sand scarcity is masked by mirage of a nearly limitless natural resource

By April Gocha / October 3, 2017

There’s a looming sand scarcity that’s being hidden by the mirage of endless sand supply, according to the authors of a new perspective article published in Science. According to their research, sand scarcity is such an imminent threat that we now need to develop a global sand governance strategy.

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Medical device tax impacts medical device manufacturers

By Faye Oney / September 15, 2017

The two-year moratorium on the 2.3% medical device excise tax expires on December 31, 2017. If lawmakers repeal the tax in the next few months, it could spur research and development plus job growth in the medical device industry.

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What’s really inside your smartphone: A pile of raw minerals and serious social consequences

By April Gocha / August 22, 2017

According to a laboratory compositional analysis, the elemental recipe for a 129-g Apple iPhone includes about 24.1% aluminum, 15.4% carbon, 14.4% iron, and 14.5% oxygen by weight. And altogether, that pile of smartphone powder—ground from a $700 device—has a raw elemental value of about $1.03.

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March for Science set to mobilize scientists worldwide and emphasize role of science in public policy

By April Gocha / April 18, 2017

The March for Science is set for this upcoming Saturday, April 22, in Washington, D.C., and some 400 other cities around the world, in which scientists and science supporters will converge for a rally to display their support for the role of science in society and its place in public policy.

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