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The August 2018 issue of ACerS Bulletin is now available online.

The latest issue’s cover story focuses on functional ceramic components that will be needed for building colonies on the moon or Mars and how we will get parts to these remote outposts. Additive manufacturing using “local” soils may be a solution. Authors David Crenshaw, Patrick Cigno, Phillip Kurtis, Gerry Wynick, Xingwu Wang, Ryan Jeffrey, Carol Craig, Sam Deriso, and Jim Royston address the challenges materials face in extreme environments such as outer space and their work 3-D printing ceramics using simulated lunar and Martian soils.

Closer to home, nearly 84% of fly ash, a by-product of coal-fired power plants, ends up as waste that can leak toxic elements into the environment. Authors Pramod Koshy, Sandor Alex Koszo, Erik Severin, and Charles Christopher Sorrell examine fly ash’s potential as percolated mullite for high-performance refractories.

Also in this issue is a peek into the activities of the International Rhine Ceramic Round Table, organized last year to address the educational and professional needs of young ceramic science and engineering researchers. Representatives from several international ceramic societies, including ACerS, participated in the discussion to share ideas on how to promote ceramic science and technology at an international level.

Have you ever submitted a manuscript to any of ACerS journals? Jonathon Foreman reports on ACerS new and improved journal submission process. He also introduces you to the JACerS editors, eight of whom have been added to expedite the peer-review process of your manuscripts.

You’ll find a lot more interesting content inside this—and every issue—of the ACerS Bulletin. The current issue is free to all for a short time, but remember that all the valuable content in over ninety years of past issues of the ACerS Bulletin is free only to members—so considering joining us today!

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