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Video: VCRs are no more—but magnetic tapes are still the rage

By Lisa McDonald / August 21, 2019

Although VHS tapes are viewed as a dead technology in the public entertainment sector, magnetic tapes provide valuable archive storage for companies and organizations handling big data—but an ongoing patent battle makes obtaining the newest tapes difficult.

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Hero or villain? Opposing arguments for the environmental impact of smartphones

By April Gocha / August 16, 2019

The smartphone industry is often considered to have an increasingly negative impact on the environment. But an opposing argument that smartphones are the heroes, rather than villains, of this story exists as well. How could that be?

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Video: (Don’t) hold the phone—radar sensors could replace touch-screen technology

By Lisa McDonald / August 7, 2019

Since 2015, Google has been developing radar sensors that will allow hands-free phone operation. Google plans to put the technology into practice with the release of the Pixel 4 this fall.

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Do you want to be cited? Search engine optimization can accelerate your career with minimal additional effort

By Jonathon Foreman / May 30, 2017

You can give yourself a leg up in the professional world by employing search engine optimization techniques while writing your manuscripts—simply focus on the most important keywords and place them into your manuscript strategically.

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Cultivating Mars colonization: 3-D printing method uses extraterrestrial soil to build biodegradable parts on site

By April Gocha / April 14, 2017

Researchers at Northwestern University have devised a technique to 3-D print soft rubber-like materials out of ink composed primarily of extraterrestrial soil. Using a biologically derived binder to hold the soil particles together, the team demonstrated that their unique method can 3-D print tools, building blocks, and other structures.

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Can materials science change the color of your clothes on a whim?

By April Gocha / November 22, 2016

A few weeks ago, a popular Australian online fashion retailer called Showpo posted a video on its Facebook page that seemed to debut a magically color-changing dress—but is such a dress really possible?

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Connect with ACerS online for cutting-edge content when you want it, how you want it

By Stephanie Liverani / September 8, 2015

How do you connect with ACerS online? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and YouTube for all the latest news from the ceramics and glass world and beyond.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / September 8, 2015

Google gets a metallurgist, new understanding of electronic phase separation, and other materials stories that may be of interest for September 8, 2015.

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Five materials science wonders to watch in 2015

By April Gocha / December 30, 2014

Jessica and Eileen have already provided their reflections on the year that’s almost past and the new one that’s about to unfurl, and there’s just enough time for April to sneak in my perspective before the calendar flips to 2015.

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