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  • Shredded masks and broken glass: Green ingredients for better concrete

    September 02, 2022
    Even slight adjustments to how we make cement and concrete can have a big impact on their environmental footprint, and as research continues to show, scientists working in this space are not short of ideas.
  • What do we really know about microplastics and human health?

    August 19, 2022
    Tiny fragments of plastic are now strewn across the entire globe and are beginning to show up in different parts of the human body. But what are the health risks associated with ingesting and inhaling this now omnipresent synthetic material?
  • The game-changing Buck 110 Folding Hunter knife

    April 17, 2022
    In 1964, the Buck Knives company marketed its 110 Folding Hunter knife, which changed the knife-making industry forever by introducing a revolutionary folding blade that locked into place so strongly it performed like a fixed-blade sheath knife.
  • Generation IV, the future of nuclear power

    April 15, 2022
    Although nuclear power remains controversial, new reactors are being built in surprising numbers and these will provide the second largest share of the world’s carbon-free energy. It's also an industry undergoing rapid change as new technology comes on line. So, what will nuclear power look like in the decades to come?
  • The Comet, the 707, and the disaster that shaped the Jet Age

    February 17, 2022
    In 1952, Britain won the race to put the world's first jet airliner into service, but it turned out to be a hollow victory. Disasters, delays, and an unlikely American rival upended British ambitions and reshaped the early years of the Jet Age.
  • The year in space 2021

    December 29, 2021
    With helicopters on Mars, private crewed missions, robotic probes flying into the Sun's atmosphere, and Captain Kirk boldly going to the final frontier, 2021 was a bumper year in space exploration. Here's a look at the top stories in the Cosmos.
  • Is thorium the future of nuclear power?

    December 28, 2021
    Unless you're really into trivia about gas lanterns and the mantles that make their light so bright, you've probably never heard of thorium, but you may hear a lot more about it in the future. This unassuming metal could one day rival uranium as the nuclear fuel of choice.
  • The year in science 2021

    December 28, 2021
    Tardigrades shot from a gun, the world's largest offshore wind turbines, nuclear fusion records, radical new materials, and potty-trained cows ... here's a look back at the incredible stories science served up in 2021.
  • The Biro, the invention that changed the writing game

    November 27, 2021
    In 1945, the first successful ballpoint pen went on sale in the United States and Britain. Initially seen as an expensive novelty, the Biro soon went on to become not only a part of our everyday lives, but one that revolutionized how we communicate.
  • Going to Mars is hard: Lessons from Mariner 9

    November 12, 2021
    Fifty years ago this weekend, NASA's Mariner 9 probe went into orbit around Mars. This pioneering mission revolutionized our ideas about Mars and, with humans looking to head that way, is a timely reminder of just how utterly inhospitable a place it is.
  • The antimatter enigma: What is it and why didn't it destroy the universe?

    October 15, 2021
    Normal matter has an “evil twin” that annihilates on contact, and despite decades of study antimatter remains very mysterious. So what actually is it? Where is it? Why is it important to understand? And why hasn’t it already destroyed the universe?
  • How do nuclear reactors work?

    October 01, 2021
    The urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has put the nuclear energy debate squarely back on the agenda. So how does nuclear energy energy work, where is it headed, and can the atom become "our friend" again?
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