• Sandy-dandy invention shows its strength

    Superstrong sand structure could be used in aeronautics

    Building sandcastles just got a whole new meaning, thanks to a manufacturing invention that has a sand-based polymer ...

    Materials November 16, 2021
  • Do we think enough about sand?

    Two studies dig into its abundance and potential.

    Sand is far from ignored in our discussion of climate change and its impact, but it perhaps needs to be a little more...

    Earth June 12, 2020
  • Sand dunes play a team game

    They communicate, which is why they don’t collide.

    Sand dunes are able to “communicate” with each other to avoid colliding, according to new research.It may not be co...

    Earth February 4, 2020
  • Hiroshima’s sands contain atomic bomb glass

    Unusual tiny spheres were forged in the nuclear explosion.

    Up 2.5% of the sand on beaches near Hiroshima may in fact be fallout debris from the World War II atomic bomb that de...

    Earth Sciences May 13, 2019
  • Sand, bubbling through sand

    Fluid-like motion observed in granular material for first time.

    Sand will sometimes form bubbles. A study led by chemical engineer Chris Boyce from the Columbia University School of...

    Chemistry April 23, 2019
  • Frosted gullies of Mars

    In frosty conditions, sand on Martian dunes can start to flow.

    Gullies on Martian sand dunes, like these in Matara Crater, have been very active, with many flows in the last ten ye...

    Space April 10, 2018
  • The hidden social and environmental costs of sand mining

    The massive sand mining industry is often forgotten. It happens on a vast scale, is poorly regula...

    Even more voracious than the consumption of finite reserves of fossil fuel, the mining of sand and gravel represents ...

    Earth Sciences September 7, 2017
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