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Congress-approved spending bill proposes big boosts to research funding

By April Gocha / March 23, 2018

The U.S. Senate just approved a $1.3 trillion spending package that significantly increases funding for research—the plan increases R&D funding by 12.8% over 2017 figures, the largest increases to research spending in nearly a decade.

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President’s executive order could mean less dependence on critical mineral imports

By Faye Oney / January 12, 2018

President Trump recently signed an executive order to explore new sources of 23 critical minerals in the U.S. The directive could spur domestic production of critical minerals, including rare-earth elements, and lessen U.S. dependence on imported minerals.

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Glass microspheres hollow out a niche for anticounterfeiting strategies—and much more—inside August ACerS Bulletin

By April Gocha / July 21, 2016

The August issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring stories about hollow glass microspheres for anti-counterfeiting strategies, the annual mineral commodities summary, processing of kaolin clay into low-dielectric-constant ceramics, and choosing the right kiln—is now available online.

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Bioactive glasses burgeon into soft tissue applications—and other stories—in the August ACerS Bulletin

By April Gocha / July 23, 2015

The August issue of the ACerS Bulletin, now available online, features a cover story all about bioactive glasses for soft tissue applications.

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USGS survey shows shipments of cement up, clinker steady

By Jessica McMathis / June 4, 2014

Shipments of portland and blended cement in the U.S. and Puerto Rico were up in March, according to a survey from the U.S. Geological Survey.

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U.S. mineral production declines 20% in 2009

By / February 16, 2010

From the perspective of the U.S.’s strategic interests, this does not bode well. The USGS today reported that the value of unprocessed non-fuel minerals dropped about $14 billion to $57 billion in 2009. Likewise, the agency said that the value of processed/refined minerals dropped a whopping 25%. I previously have lamented the lack of a…

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