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Cheers to sustainability—lifecycle analysis pits glass bottles against aluminum cans

By April Gocha / August 23, 2019

From an environmental sustainability standpoint, which is better: glass bottles or aluminum cans? Turns out, the answer is not so clear-cut.

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Structural clay experts converge on Indianapolis for networking, tours, and more at 2019 brick meeting

By Greg Geiger / July 10, 2019

More than 100 attendees converged in Indianapolis, Indiana, June 24–27 to take part in the combined meeting of the ACerS Structural Clay Products Division, ACerS Southwest Section, and Clemson University’s National Brick Research Center.

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Video: A library of rare colors

By Lisa McDonald / April 3, 2019

The Forbes Pigment Collection at Harvard Art Museums has more than 2,500 pigment samples. Learn how scientists and artists use these pigments in painting restoration and authentication, as well as the unusual materials some pigments are made from.

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A materials dead end? The unraveling of the recycling cycle

By April Gocha / March 26, 2019

Although 91 percent of the plastics discarded on this planet have never been recycled, the materials recycling status of glass has to be better…right? A daunting look at the current state of recycling.

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Poor quality (or fake) graphene could be hindering your research

By Faye Oney / December 11, 2018

In two separate studies, researchers discovered inferior and counterfeit commercial-grade graphene by examining dozens of graphene samples. Scientists using inferior graphene may find their research results are not as accurate as they thought.

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Range of topics inspire lively discussions, enthusiasm at MCARE 2018

By Jonathon Foreman / August 31, 2018

Nearly two hundred people from 25 countries converged in Vancouver, BC, Canada, August 20–23, for Materials Challenges in Alternative and Renewable Energy (MCARE 2018). The conference inspired a variety of discussions and a lot of enthusiasm.

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3D-printed Smart Slab offers unique architectural design, lower carbon footprint

By Faye Oney / August 24, 2018

Researchers have developed an architectural construction technology that combines 3-D-printed design with the strength of concrete. Smart Slab weighs less than half of conventional concrete and generates a lower carbon footprint.

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New study of Easter Island inhabitants suggests collaboration, not competition

By Faye Oney / August 21, 2018

A new study shows that early settlers of Easter Island collaborated with each other to build the giant moai statues that are scattered around the island. This disputes earlier theories that the inhabitants competed with each other, leading to their decline.

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Honoring ACerS awards class of 2018, plus more inside September ACerS Bulletin

By Faye Oney / August 16, 2018

The Society announces awards that will be presented at the Awards Banquet of the 120th Annual Meeting in October to recognize significant contributions to the engineered ceramic and glass field by members and corporations.

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Video: This ceramic artist combines science and art to create beautiful sculptures

By Faye Oney / August 8, 2018

Ceramic artist Sabri Ben-Achour creates unique sculptures by mixing a little science with art. He gets his inspiration from wabi-sabi, the Japanese philosophy of finding beauty in imperfection. Watch the video to see his distinctive techniques.

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