• ACE UK calls for ambitious UK targets

    The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) UK has welcomed the final adoption of the revised EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive as a strong foundation on which member states can build towards a circular economy.
  • Tungsten too brittle for nuclear fusion reactors

    Researchers find tungsten – a favoured choice of metal within nuclear reactors – is liable to become brittle, leading to failure.
  • Encouraging plastic recycling

    Greater incentive is needed to realise the potential of plastics recycling, as Ellis Davies reports.
  • Underwater treasure

    A potentially game changing deposit of rare earth elements has been discovered in Japanese waters, but an efficient means of extraction is yet to be developed, as Ellis Davies reports.
  • The right temperature

    The temperature at which volcanic rock cracks to create columnar formations, such as those seen at the Giant’s Causeway, has been identified to be between 840–890oC, giving new understanding to geothermal energy systems. Ellis Davies reports.
  • Lithium in the future

    On 9–10 April 2018, the Geological Society held the Lithium: From Exploration to End-User conference as part of their 2018 Year of Resources. Ellis Davies reports.
  • Blockchain’s coal addiction

    Khai Trung Le looks at the meteoric rise of bitcoin and blockchain processes, and the coal sources that fuel that success.
  • The value of dematerialisation

    Dematerialisation – the reduction of materials in products and services – may become a key tenet in the circular economy. But how do you define it, and how can materials science and industry benefit? Khai Trung Le reports.
  • The travelling potters

    Mankind has known travel and relocating for work for thousands of years, as the tales of women from the Baltic selling clay pottery in the Nordic countries tell. Ines Nastali reports
  • Have we finally found industrial graphene manufacture?

    MIT joins the ranks with claims of a continuous, high-quality and scalable means of manufacturing graphene. Khai Trung Le reports.

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