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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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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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