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Video: This ceramic artist combines science and art to create beautiful sculptures

By Faye Oney / August 8, 2018

Ceramic artist Sabri Ben-Achour creates unique sculptures by mixing a little science with art. He gets his inspiration from wabi-sabi, the Japanese philosophy of finding beauty in imperfection. Watch the video to see his distinctive techniques.

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Super ceramic material builds superconducting magnet, setting new world record strength of 32T

By April Gocha / December 15, 2017

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University has used high-temperature superconducting ceramic materials to set a new world record for the strongest superconducting magnet, with a field strength of 32 tesla.

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In the name of liberty, America’s favorite lady dons some serious materials science

By April Gocha / July 4, 2017

One of America’s most iconic representations of its freedom towers some 305 feet above Liberty Island in New York City, N.Y.—the Statue of Liberty. Watch this video to learn more about the unique chemistry of her materials.

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Building a better world—June/July ACerS Bulletin is now available online

By April Gocha / May 18, 2017

The June/July 2017 issue of the ACerS Bulletin is now available online. This special double issue is all about building a better world, from highlighting the activities of the next generation to the future of smartphones and antimicrobial surfaces.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / January 4, 2017

How to tell when a nanoparticle is out of shape, highly stretchable conductive material can be electrically activated and can heal itself, and other materials stories that may be of interest for January 4, 2017.

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Sick of the brick? Piezoelectric transformers poised to shrink power converters

By April Gocha / February 29, 2016

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University and Solid State Ceramics Inc. have modified hard-piezoceramic materials to realize the potential of piezoelectric transformers—which hold promise to reduce size and boost the efficiency of consumer electronic devices.

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Emerging solar harvesting technology could turn windows into power sources

By Stephanie Liverani / September 15, 2015

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos (N.M.) National Laboratory are developing a new sunlight harvesting technology that can turn a nearly transparent window into an electrical generator using what they call “quantum dot solar windows.”

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / July 8, 2015

Another insight into glass formation, methane conversion by copper zeolites, and other materials stories that may be of interest for July 8, 2015.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / May 20, 2014

Other materials stories that may be of interest for May 20, 2014.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By / April 9, 2012

Something should be of interest here: Quantum computer built inside a diamond (USC News) Diamonds are forever – or, at least, the effects of this diamond on quantum computing may be. A team that includes scientists from USC has built a quantum computer in a diamond, the first of its kind to include protection against “decoherence”…

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