Nickel alloy heating elements in e-cigarette devices may pose more risk for significant lung injury than nicotine, THC, or vitamin E do, a new study shows.
Oct. 2, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: covid-19 electronic-cigarettes lungs metals health-and-medicine
A new technology lets researchers use metal to create nature-inspired surfaces with unique powers, including rose petals' water-repelling ability.
Aug. 31, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: materials-science metals biomimicry science-and-technology
Within the growing mountains of electronic waste, precious metals lie waiting to be recovered.
Aug. 19, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: pollution recycling landfill groundwater bioremediation e-waste electronic-waste precious-metals
Companies are eager to mine the deep ocean for valuable mineral deposits. But scientists are concerned about impacts on sea life, including creatures that haven't even been discovered yet.
Aug. 17, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: mining minerals oceans marine-biology metals international-law clean-energy-future law-of-the-sea international-seabed-authority
Gold rush, mercury legacy: Small-scale mining for gold has produced long-lasting toxic pollution, from 1860s California to modern Peru
Small-scale gold mining operations in developing countries are major sources of toxic mercury pollution, using techniques that haven't changed much since the California Gold Rush 150 years ago.
May 28, 2020 • ~10 min
Tags: amazon air-pollution mercury mining mine-tailings california us-history gold metals peru toxic-waste minamata-convention
A new method can turn any metal surface into an antimicrobial material by changing its texture with lasers, researchers report.
April 9, 2020 • ~4 min
Tags: bacteria lasers health-and-medicine metal
Spanish conquerors depended on indigenous expertise to keep up their munitions supplies, archaeologists have found.
March 31, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: history social-sciences latin-america research metals mexico school-of-engineering materials-science-and-engineering dmse
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