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Work of Critical Materials Institute could help lessen US dependence on China for rare earths

By Faye Oney / April 4, 2017

The United States is becoming vulnerable to China’s dominance of rare-earth materials. The Critical Materials Institute, with a grant from the DOE, works to reduce U.S. dependence on China for rare earths.

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Setting the standard—ASTM Committee C28 Advanced Ceramics enters its 4th decade

By April Gocha / January 2, 2017

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 2017.

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Resources page to help keep manufacturers informed about regulations and rules

By April Gocha / November 11, 2016

To help manufacturers stay informed, ACerS recently added a Resources for manufacturers page to ceramics.org, which provides resources related to regulations that impact the manufacturing community and beyond.

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Measuring up: Teslas, teslas, and Trump

By Eileen De Guire / July 19, 2016

Why should the presumptive republican presidential-nominee be concerned about teslas? Tech CEO Josh Tetrick “just bought two Teslas’ worth of full-page ads against Donald Trump,” according to a recent report.

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Down with silica (exposure limits): Occupational exposure guidelines reduced for first time in over 40 years

By April Gocha / March 25, 2016

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) yesterday issued a ruling that lowers worksite exposure limits of respirable silica by half or more of current limits.

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ASTM Committee C28 Advanced Ceramics celebrates three decades of excellence in standards

By April Gocha / January 5, 2016

2016 marks the thirtieth year of the founding of ASTM Committee C28 on Advanced Ceramics. Committee C28 kicks off its anniversary year with a joint meeting with ACerS on Jan. 24, 2016, as part of the 40th Jubilee celebration of ICACC’16 in Daytona Beach, Fla.

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Plan to cut airplane emissions could mean big things for ceramic matrix composites

By April Gocha / June 18, 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is gearing up to develop standards to reduce emissions from airplanes, according to a recent NY Times article. But what will that mean for ceramic matrix composites?

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Spending at nation’s federal R&D centers down—again

By Jessica McMathis / May 7, 2015

The majority of the nation’s federally-funded R&D centers slashed spending in fiscal year 2013 by more than $1 billion over the previous year.

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Budget 2016 breakdown: Who gets what, and how much

By Jessica McMathis / February 14, 2015

When it comes to budget time, every one is a winner—that is, until they’re not. For now, that means big wins for science and technology in President Barack Obama’s proposed $2.63-trillion Fiscal Year 2016 budget.

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Agree to disagree: Americans’ and US scientists’ views on science not-at-all yet somewhat the same

By Jessica McMathis / February 10, 2015

Americans think that our country’s achievements and advancements in science are tops—but when it comes to their views on top issues like climate change and nuclear power, their perceptions differ from the views of scientists, says a new report from the Pew Research Center.

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