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Porcelain enamel in history: The all-ceramic homes of World War II

By April Gocha / November 26, 2019

Porcelain enamel is found in various products, places, and applications in modern homes, but at one point in history, it looked like houses would be made entirely of this material. Learn the history of the Lustron homes that served as a quick and low-cost solution to the post-World War II housing crisis.

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Bioglass vs brawn: Developing sturdier bioglass capsules for RFID tracking devices

By Jonathon Foreman / November 26, 2019

Bioglass brittleness limits the implantation of bioglass encapsulated RFID tracking devices in animals that butt heads for dominance. Florida A&M University researchers used force distribution models to develop a sturdier bioglass capsule design.

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Power over Ethernet: The wire(not)less future of smart buildings

By Lisa McDonald / November 22, 2019

Many companies tout wireless devices as key to the Internet of Things. In the case of smart buildings, though, Ethernet cables may be the best way to achieve IoT. Learn what Power over Ethernet (PoE) offers smart buildings and take a look at a new hotel that uses PoE.

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Ceramic and glass business news of the week

By Lisa McDonald / November 22, 2019

High temperatures achieved using concentrated solar power, world’s biggest lithium-ion battery grows larger, and more ceramic and glass business news of the week for November 22, 2019.

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Ceramics and glass make a home, plus more inside December 2019 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / November 21, 2019

The December 2019 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring ceramic and glass materials in a house—is now available online. Plus—ceramicSOURCE 2020 and C&GM (new!)

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Video: Blue is cool—pigment containing ceramic microspheres cools Qatar roads

By Lisa McDonald / November 20, 2019

In anticipation of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2022, Qatar is actively implementing cooling technologies to combat the intense heat. One technology being tested to cool roads is a blue heat-reflective pigment containing hollow ceramic microspheres.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / November 20, 2019

Slippery toilet coating provides cleaner flushing, thin heat shield for superfast aircraft, and other materials stories that may be of interest for November 20, 2019.

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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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