Ceramic Tech Today

Video: Rising e-waste and a deficit of recycling

By Lisa McDonald / July 8, 2020

In 2017, a report on global e-waste predicted the amount of e-waste would increase to 52.2 million metric tonnes by 2021—but we already passed 53 million metric tonnes in 2019 alone, according to a new report released this month. Learn more about why e-waste amounts are surging, why current recycling systems are not keeping up, and what can be done to combat the problem.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / July 8, 2020

5G switching gets a 2D boost, boron nitride destroys forever chemicals, and other materials stories that may be of interest for July 8, 2020.

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Sand—a critical material resource with a complicated story and no simple solution

By April Gocha / July 7, 2020

Humans’ voracious sand consumption for infrastructure activities threatens global supply of this critical natural resource. But do we even know how much sand we are consuming worldwide? New research shows that we’ve been calculating the basic unit all wrong.

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Video: Marble League 2020—glass spheres offer Olympic alternative

By Lisa McDonald / July 1, 2020

Due to COVID-19, many sporting events were canceled or postponed this summer, leaving a lot of sports fans looking for alternative entertainment. One surprising alternative—competitive marble racing—has gained a lot of attention since April. Learn more about this recent sport and how it builds on the long history of marbles games.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / July 1, 2020

New boron-lanthanide nanostructure, magnetic wood shields against electromagnetic interference, and other materials stories that may be of interest for July 1, 2020.

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Women in Glass: Moving toward the energy of tomorrow

By Jonathon Foreman / June 30, 2020

The “Women in Glass” special issue of IJAGS contains 17 top-quality works led by women researchers. Take a closer look at some of the articles in today’s CTT—and read them all for free through the end of July!

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Say goodbye to nasal swabs—researchers use breathalyzers to detect COVID-19

By Lisa McDonald / June 30, 2020

Deep nasal swabs are currently the main testing method for COVID-19. Researchers at The Ohio State University are investigating using a specially designed breathalyzer instead, which has the potential to provide results faster and at less cost.

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Improve your science communication skills with ACerS “Communicating Science” webpage

By Lisa McDonald / June 26, 2020

In recent years, the ability to communicate science to the general public has become increasingly important—but knowing how to do so effectively is a skill not always taught in school. ACerS new “Communicating Science” webpage provides a list of useful resources on effective science communication skills.

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Unblock your learning potential: Jenga teaches students how lithium-ion batteries work

By Lisa McDonald / June 26, 2020

Lithium-ion batteries are abundant in many everyday devices, but the resources available to teach children how these batteries work and why they are important are limited. A team of researchers from the University of Birmingham’s School of Chemistry developed a unique and fun approach to explaining Li-ion battery operation using tower block games like Jenga.

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Video: Eavesdrop from afar using lightbulb vibrations

By Lisa McDonald / June 24, 2020

Privacy and security are mostly illusions in today’s digital world, with new techniques undermining these concepts more each day. Now, researchers in Israel have demonstrated another way to eavesdrop—by observing the vibrations of a hanging lightbulb.

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