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New research leads to lighter and greener bridges
A recently completed research project revealed the potential for reducing material used for a suspension bridge deck by more than 25 per cent -- meaning a saving of up to 30 per cent of CO2 emissions. (2020-06-03)
A bio-inspired addition to concrete stops the damage caused by freezing and thawing
Concrete is one of the most durable building materials used in modern-day infrastructures, but it has a weakness -- ice -- which can cause it to crumble. (2020-05-27)
'Nature's antifreeze' provides formula for more durable concrete
Secrets to cementing the sustainability of our future infrastructure may come from nature, such as proteins that keep plants and animals from freezing in extremely cold conditions. (2020-05-27)
Bricks made from plastic, organic waste
Revolutionary 'green' types of bricks and construction materials could be made from recycled PVC, waste plant fibres or sand with the help of a remarkable new kind of rubber polymer discovered by Australian scientists. (2020-05-26)
Emissions from road construction could be halved using today's technology
The construction sector accounts for a quarter of carbon dioxide emissions, in Sweden and globally. (2020-05-18)
Clinicians and autistic transgender youth partner to create first community-built care model
The first ever set of specific recommendations to support transgender autistic young people was co-created by these youth and their families working hand-in-hand with clinical experts. (2020-05-07)
Fly ash geopolymer concrete: Significantly enhanced resistance to extreme alkali attack
Fly ash generated by coal-fired power stations is a global environmental headache, creating groundwater and air pollution from vast landfills and ash dams. (2020-05-06)
Herpes virus decoded
The genome of the herpes simplex virus 1 was decoded using new methods. (2020-04-27)
Archaeologists verify Florida's Mound Key as location of elusive Spanish fort
Florida and Georgia archaeologists have discovered the location of Fort San Antón de Carlos, home of one of the first Jesuit missions in North America. (2020-04-23)
Utilizing the impact resistance of the world's hardest concrete for disaster prevention
A team including Kanazawa University tested the impact performance of steel fiber-reinforced porosity-free concrete and estimated the maximum response to such impacts. (2020-04-22)
Africa in the path of COVID-19
In a New England Journal of Medicine paper, researchers urge a coordinated global effort in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, with countries around the world [taking] concrete steps to assist Africa in staying ahead of the curve, even as they confront their own epidemics. (2020-04-17)
Making stronger concrete with 'sewage-enhanced' steel slag
Researchers examined whether steel slag that had been used to treat wastewater could then be recycled as an aggregate material for concrete. (2020-04-06)
Giant umbrellas shift from convenient canopy to sturdy storm shield
In a new approach to storm surge protection, a Princeton team has created a preliminary design for dual-purpose kinetic umbrellas that would provide shade during fair weather and could be tilted in advance of a storm to form a flood barrier. (2020-04-02)
International borders continue to hinder cross-border cooperation
Cross-border regions have great potential for cooperation, yet very few border regions are integrated, a new study from the University of Eastern Finland shows. (2020-03-31)
Astronaut urine to build moon bases
The modules that the major space agencies plan to erect on the Moon could incorporate an element contributed by the human colonizers themselves: the urea in their pee. (2020-03-27)
How fire causes office-building floors to collapse
NIST researchers spent months meticulously recreating the long concrete floors supported by steel beams commonly found in high-rise office buildings, only to set the structures ablaze. (2020-03-24)
Concrete solutions that lower both emissions and air pollution
Some common strategies to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of concrete production could have unintended consequences for local air pollution and related health damages, according to a study from the University of California, Davis. (2020-03-23)
Coronavirus SARS-CoV2: BESSY II data accelerate drug development
A coronavirus is keeping the world in suspense. SARS-CoV-2 is highly infectious and can cause severe pneumonia (COVID-19). (2020-03-20)
New approach to sustainable building takes shape in Boston
A new building about to take shape in Boston's Roxbury area could, its designers hope, herald a new way of building residential structures in cities. (2020-03-05)
Scientists came up with nanoconcrete for casting under negative temperature conditions
Engineers from Far Eastern Federal University Military training center (FEFU, Vladivostok, Russia) together with colleagues from RUDN University have developed concrete mixture with nano additives for monolithic construction up to ten stories high. (2020-02-28)
There's a better way to think about being kept waiting at work
Generally, abstract thinking leads to better outcomes, such as more creativity, wider vision and feeling more powerful. (2020-02-24)
'Wood' you like to recycle concrete?
Scientists at The University of Tokyo studied a method for recycling unused concrete with wood fibers. (2020-02-20)
Bats inspire detectors to help prevent oil and gas pipe leaks
Engineers have developed a new scanning technique inspired by the natural world that can detect corroding metals in oil and gas pipelines. (2020-01-30)
Can wood construction transform cities from carbon source to carbon vault?
A new study by researchers and architects at Yale and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research predicts that a transition to timber-based wood products in the construction of new housing, buildings, and infrastructure would not only offset enormous amounts of carbon emissions related to concrete and steel production -- it could turn the world's cities into a vast carbon sink. (2020-01-30)
Rice lab turns trash into valuable graphene in a flash
Scientists at Rice University are using high-energy pulses of electricity to turn any source of carbon into turbostratic graphene in an instant. (2020-01-27)
Montana State researcher harnesses microorganisms to make living building materials
Chelsea Heveran, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, is the lead author of a new study showing that certain bacteria can be used to create an easily recyclable, concrete-like substance. (2020-01-22)
New optical technique captures real-time dynamics of cement setting
Researchers have developed a nondestructive and noninvasive optical technique that can determine the setting times for various types of cement paste, which is used to bind new and old concrete surfaces. (2020-01-16)
Bacteria and sand engineered into living concrete
Cement and concrete haven't changed much as technology in over a hundred years, but researchers in Colorado are revolutionizing building materials by literally bringing them to life. (2020-01-15)
Building materials come alive with help from bacteria
New living building materials can grow and multiply -- and may help to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from infrastructure in the future. (2020-01-15)
Sand mining is threatening lives along the Mekong River
It's a resource used in global construction and mined from rivers and coasts across the world. (2020-01-14)
Solar power from 'the dark side' unlocked by a new formula
Most of today's solar panels capture sunlight and convert it to electricity only from the side facing the sky. (2019-12-18)
Smog-eating graphene composite reduces atmospheric pollution
A graphene-titania photocatalyst degrades up to 70% more atmospheric NOx than standard titania nanoparticles in tests on real pollutants. (2019-12-03)
Sustaining roads with grape and agricultural waste
The US spends $5 billion a year to repair damages to road infrastructure from winter snow and ice control operations and the use of traditional deicers. (2019-12-02)
'Self-cleaning' concrete could keep buildings looking new (video)
Building materials that clean themselves could save immense time and labor in homes and businesses, as well as reduce disease risk in settings such as hospitals. (2019-11-20)
Finding out the factors that most influence the steel corrosion in reinforced concrete
This process causes structures to deteriorate internally and can even cause buildings to collapse. (2019-11-12)
Concrete with improved impact endurance for defense structures developed at FEFU
Engineers from the Military Studies Center at Far Eastern Federal University (MSC FEFU) developed a brand-new concrete with improved impact endurance and up to 40% made of waste: rice husk cinder, limestone crushing waste, and siliceous sand. (2019-10-30)
Ashes to concrete
Drexel University researchers have developed a process for turning the solid waste products of coal power plants into a useful ingredient that could improve properties of concrete. (2019-10-29)
Revealing the nanostructure of wood could help raise height limits for wooden skyscrapers
Cambridge researchers have captured the visible nanostructure of living wood for the first time using an advanced low-temperature scanning electron microscope. (2019-10-23)
What doesn't crack them makes them stronger
It sounds a bit strange, but some materials become stronger when subjected to stress. (2019-10-10)
Diabetes advances poised to help manage blood sugar after meals
Mealtimes can become a difficult experience for individuals with diabetes. (2019-10-07)
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