Ceramic Tech Today

Video: Choosing the best glass for your St. Paddy’s beer

By Lisa McDonald / March 17, 2021

Today is St. Patrick’s Day! As you prepare a celebratory beer, how do you choose which type of glass to serve it in? The videos in today’s CTT offer some historical and technical suggestions on which glass will best serve your needs.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / March 17, 2021

Structural adhesives inspired by mussels, roadside barrier deflects air pollution, and other materials stories that may be of interest for March 17, 2021.

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New ASTM standards provide measure to gauge effectiveness of face masks

By April Gocha / March 16, 2021

Face masks are everywhere today—yet despite the vast array of choices, there is a disappointing lack of information about how effective each of those choices are. A newly released ASTM International standard finally provides a validated set of consensus metrics to evaluate the efficiency of consumer face masks.

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Elevating your company and career through open-access publishing

By Jonathon Foreman / March 12, 2021

Developing better products is the most important job function for industrial researchers—but helping the company to communicate those benefits to customers is essential as well. Learn why publishing in open-access, peer-reviewed publications offers a high return on investment for industrial researchers.

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Toward market acceptance: Understanding wear characteristics of basalt fiber reinforced polymers

By Lisa McDonald / March 12, 2021

Basalt fiber is another material besides carbon and glass being considered to reinforce polymer composites. Researchers in Malaysia and Brazil compared the wear characteristics of epoxy composites reinforced with either basalt or glass fiber to understand the differences in their tribological performance.

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Video: 2020 Brick in Architecture Awards span the globe

By Lisa McDonald / March 10, 2021

Since 1989, the Brick Industry Association has sponsored the Brick in Architecture Awards to recognize exceptional uses of clay brick in architecture. The 41 global winners for the 2020 awards include entries spanning the United States, Australia, Canada, China, and Germany.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / March 10, 2021

Nontoxic carbon nanodots, concrete recycling, and other materials stories that may be of interest for March 10, 2021.

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Determining function of historical artifacts: New evidence for blowpipes in Mayapán, Mexico

By Lisa McDonald / March 9, 2021

Determining the function of a historical artifact can be difficult and may require archeologists to search for external clues. An international research team spanning North America describes how they identified an ancient ceramic piece located in the ancient Maya site of Mayapán as a blowpipe tip.

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Rose-tinted contact lenses offer color vision management

By Lisa McDonald / March 5, 2021

People who have color vision deficiency see colors differently from others. Tinted glasses and contact lenses offer a way to manage the condition, but to date only the former option is reliably effective. Researchers developed a new type of tinted contact lens using gold nanoparticles that shows potential for commercial scale-up.

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Video: Paper bottle prototype aims to reduce plastic waste

By Lisa McDonald / March 3, 2021

Glass and aluminum containers are among the most frequently discussed alternatives to plastic packaging—but they are not the only materials being considered. The Coca-Cola Company and Danish startup Paboco are aiming to develop a bottle that will be made entirely from paper.

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