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Expand your impact—ensuring your science reaches the right audience

By Jonathon Foreman / November 19, 2019

Research has impact when it can bring about changes to behaviors, ideally for the benefit of society. Make sure your science reaches the right audience by using the tips in this article.

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Graphene: Softer through bending

By Lisa McDonald / November 19, 2019

Different research groups have measured different values for bending stiffness in graphene that span across orders of magnitude. Researchers led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign now say the different values stem from the fact that graphene becomes softer the more you bend it.

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Tungsten carbide made easy: Government, industry, academia investigate additively manufacturing cemented carbide parts

By Lisa McDonald / November 15, 2019

Additive manufacturing may be an easier way to manufacture cemented carbide parts. The U.S. Army Research Laboratory recently submitted a patent application for a selective laser melting process, and collaborations in industry and academia are investigating binder jetting as well.

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Ceramic and glass business news of the week

By Lisa McDonald / November 15, 2019

Vidromecanica completes glass manufacturing expansion, XJet AM system installed at European university, and more ceramic and glass business news of the week for November 15, 2019.

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Video: You “wood” not believe what this car is made from

By Lisa McDonald / November 13, 2019

Carbon fiber composites face challenges hindering their widespread use in vehicles. Researchers from 22 organizations in Japan are collaborating to investigate if cellulose nanofibers are a viable alternative.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / November 13, 2019

MXenes help photodetectors see the light, rubbery concrete takes hits without cracking, and other materials stories that may be of interest for November 13, 2019.

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From division to directorate—panel suggests elevating materials research status within NSF

By Lisa McDonald / November 12, 2019

The National Academies recently released a materials research decadal survey claiming large investments by countries in Europe and East Asia jeopardize U.S. leadership in materials science. Could elevating materials research from a division to directorate within NSF help focus national attention and increase funding?

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In lockstep: Nacre’s microstructure locks together to provide superior material strength

By April Gocha / November 12, 2019

Using electron microscopy, a team of scientists investigated the nanomechanics of nacre—and their results show precisely how this biomaterial gains superior strength upon lockdown.

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Save “cold,” hard cash—cold sintering offers financial, environmental benefits to ceramic manufacturing

By Lisa McDonald / November 8, 2019

Decarbonizing manufacturing processes is a focus of the ceramic industry. In a recent paper, researchers performed a techno-economic analysis to show how the cold sintering process, a recently developed manufacturing technique, could help reach this goal.

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Ceramic and glass business news of the week

By Lisa McDonald / November 8, 2019

MetaShield launches new anti-fingerprint coating, Addis Glass plans to triple production capacity, and more ceramic and glass business news of the week for November 8, 2019.

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