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The many types of bricks

By Lisa McDonald / May 3, 2019

A brick is more than just a small red clay building unit—it could be sand lime, concrete, or fly ash as well. Learn about some of the materials commonly used to create bricks, and find out how bricks could be built to better withstand extreme weather.

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Environmentally-friendly bio-bricks: Urine for a surprise

By Faye Oney / November 27, 2018

Researchers have developed a method of creating bio-bricks from human urine. The process also offers by-products of nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium that could be used as components in commercial fertilizers.

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Environmentally-friendly method of manufacturing ceramics may reduce carbon footprint, render kilns obsolete

By Faye Oney / March 3, 2017

Scientists at ETH Zurich have discovered a way to create ceramic materials using cold sintering—which could someday replace huge energy-consuming kilns currently used to manufacture ceramics and cements.

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Hard knock life: Marine mollusks inspire stronger ceramics

By April Gocha / April 7, 2014

New research uses inspiration from the ocean to improve ceramics, making them stronger by controlling their microstructure and mimicking that of marine mollusks.

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Biocementation of bricks set to produce greener building materials

By April Gocha / February 11, 2014

BioMASON set to manufacture biocemented bricks to produced greener building materials by eliminating brick firing.

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