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Could road salt have contributed to the Flint water crisis?
Could road salt have contributed to the Flint water crisis?
Nothing can excuse the inadequate treatment, insufficient monitoring, and overall incompetence that caused the Flint, Michigan, drinking water crisis. But it's still worth asking why Flint River water is so corrosive in the first place. What made the w...
A boost for steel: A smarter and safer way to tackle corrosion
A boost for steel: A smarter and safer way to tackle corrosion
A team from Swansea University which is developing a new "smart release" corrosion inhibitor, for use in coated steel products, has won the Materials Science Venture Prize awarded by The Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers.
The science of building better bridges
The science of building better bridges
When Minneapolis’ I-35W Mississippi River bridge collapsed on April 1, 2007, 13 people were killed and 145 were injured. The failure of the busy eight-lane steel structure called attention to the poor state of our national infrastructure — ...
Team theorizes defects could improve solar cells
Team theorizes defects could improve solar cells
Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are studying what may seem paradoxical — certain defects in silicon solar cells may actually improve their performance. The findings run counter to conventional wis...
A faster and cheaper way to 3-D print with metal powders and even rust
A faster and cheaper way to 3-D print with metal powders and even rust
A team of Northwestern University engineers has developed a new method for 3-D printing metal that uses liquid inks and a simple syringe-extrusion technique, much like a regular 3-D printer, yet with the ability to create complex and more uniform archi...
White House enlists private sector for $4 billion upgrade to water infrastructure
White House enlists private sector for $4 billion upgrade to water infrastructure
The White House has turned to the private sector in an attempt to mend America’s creaking water infrastructure system, securing $4 billion in commitments from businesses and instituting a new plan to help deal with crises such as the Flint, M...