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Robot uses capacitive sensors in soft hands to separate recyclable materials

By April Gocha / April 23, 2019

Researchers at MIT developed a robot that can effectively separate mixed recyclable materials, using two flexible silicone “hands” to feel the difference between paper, metal, and plastic.

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Magnetic oxides provide alternative to clean up oil spills

By Lisa McDonald / April 23, 2019

Researchers in Germany developed functionalized iron oxide nanoparticles that can attract hydrocarbons. They are working with industry partners to transfer the concept to real-world oil spill cleanup operations.

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No more inert atmospheres—Molten salt synthesis prevents oxidation of materials in air

By Lisa McDonald / April 19, 2019

Nonoxide ceramics typically undergo high-temperature synthesis in an inert atmosphere to prevent spontaneous oxidation. Researchers at Forschungszentrum Jülich have now found that potassium bromide keeps nonoxide ceramics from oxidizing when synthesized in normal air.

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Ceramic and glass business news of the week

By Lisa McDonald / April 19, 2019

3DCeram Sinto opens a site in the U.S., South Africa closer to producing valuable rare earth minerals, and more ceramic and glass business news of the week for April 19, 2019.

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Ceramic-based biomaterials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, plus more inside May 2019 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / April 18, 2019

The May 2019 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring articles on how ceramics contribute to the modern field of biomaterials—is now available online.

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Video: How to image a black hole’s “shadow”

By Lisa McDonald / April 17, 2019

The first image of a black hole was publicly released on April 10. How did a team of over 200 researchers pull off such a feat?

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / April 17, 2019

Fuel rockets with graphene, water that never freezes, and other materials stories that may be of interest for April 17, 2019.

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Shorting out? Multilayer ceramic capacitor shortage limits consumer electronic availability

By April Gocha / April 16, 2019

The market for multilayer ceramic capacitors is ballooning with the rise of connected devices in our homes, automobiles, and pockets—but supply is not keeping pace with demand.

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Flexible glasses in bulk form: A look at sulfur–selenium glasses

By Lisa McDonald / April 16, 2019

While researching the structure of sulfur-selenium glasses, University of California, Davis researchers discovered something exciting—these glasses are flexible in bulk form!

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Predicting macroscale friction in clay-like materials using microscale calculations

By Lisa McDonald / April 12, 2019

Japanese researchers found they could explain macroscopic friction in muscovite using theoretical calculations of microscale frictional forces. They hope to develop a theory that can explain frictional strength across a broad range of clay and clay-like minerals.

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