Glass tables cause a lot of nasty injuries

More than 2.5 million glass table injuries are reported each year. New research gauges the scope of the problem and indicates a solution.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Sept. 16, 2020 ~4 min

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Clear solar cells hit an all-time efficiency record

Rather than having skyscraper windows reflect light and waste energy, transparent solar cells could turn them into power sources for buildings.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
Aug. 19, 2020 ~6 min

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Volcanic glass spray can kill mosquitoes

A new spray made with a type of volcanic glass shows promise in killing mosquitoes. That could help stop the spread of malaria.

Mick Kulikowski-NC State • futurity
June 8, 2020 ~6 min

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Tiny ‘cages’ show how glass goes from liquid to solid

A new experiment let researchers capture the midpoint in glass's transition from liquid to solid at 60,000 frames per second.

Emily Halnon-Oregon • futurity
April 6, 2020 ~6 min

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Machine learning predicts glass density and stiffness

A new way to predict the density and stiffness of glasses could offer better reinforcing fibers for composite materials in automobiles and wind turbines.

Kate McAlpine-Michigan • futurity
March 27, 2020 ~1 min

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Tiny gyroscope is 10,000X more accurate than your phone’s

A new gyroscope, so small it can fit on the tip of your finger, could help drones and driverless cars stay on track without a GPS signal.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
March 23, 2020 ~5 min

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Cosmic impact obliterated early human settlement

"Such high temperatures would completely melt an automobile in less than a minute."

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
March 9, 2020 ~6 min

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3D printing method makes complex glass objects with light

A new method for 3D printing glass creates complicated objects without any of the hassle of previous techniques, researchers report.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich • futurity
Nov. 26, 2019 ~3 min

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Magmas can hold a surprising amount of water

Volatile elements in magma, primarily water, drive explosive volcanic eruptions. Experiments now improve our understanding of how wet magmas can be.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
July 5, 2019 ~4 min

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Glassy beads on Hiroshima beaches came from nuclear blast

Glassy debris from the atomic bomb that devastated Hiroshima at the end of WWII still exists on beaches near the city.

Robert Sanders-UC Berkeley • futurity
May 23, 2019 ~4 min

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