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Princeton researchers find marble preservative in human bones
17 Mar 2017 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
Researchers at Princeton University have created a marble preservative using hydroxyapatite, a calcium compound found in human bones and teeth
Researchers at Princeton University have developed a low cost treatment to preserve marble.

The research, led by George Scherer and Enrico Sassoni at Princeton University, found that hydroxyapatite, a calcium compound found in bones and teeth, could preserve marble artworks from the effects of time and environmental exposure.

The treatment consists of calcite and a salt water solution that reacts with marble to create the hydroxyapatite.

When applied, the solution absorbs into the marble and binds cracks in the surface making the marble stronger and more resistant to environmental elements that cause deterioration.

Scherer’s laboratory has been researching the preservative potential of hydroxyapatite for a number of years as it is non-toxic and fast-acting.

Sassoni, a visiting postdoctoral research associate from the University of Bologna, said: “Compared to other approaches, our method has the advantage of being based on a nontoxic solvent (water), that is able to penetrate deep inside marble cracks, and reacts in just 24 hours.”

Scherer, the William L. Knapp '47 professor of Civil Engineering at Princeton, said that the hydroxyapatite treatment acts as a glue, he said: "You want to put something into those boundaries to strengthen and hold it together, and that's what the treatment does well."

Additional testing to see whether the compound is strengthened with the application of electrical currents and alcohol is currently being carried out.
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Because they can-can: Mack Rides partners with Moulin Rouge for new CanCan coaster
17 Jan 2018 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
Mack Rides has announced a new collaboration with the Moulin Rouge, that will see the Eurosat coaster at Europa-Park, transformed into the iconic Paris theatre.
World's highest Ferris wheel to sit atop RM2.2bn FA Porsche building
16 Jan 2018 . BY Tom Anstey
A Ferris wheel in Malaysia will become the world’s highest when it opens as part of the under-construction 78-storey M101 Skywheel in Kuala Lumpur.
Sothys introduces new NO2ctuelle range, a technology-packed formula for ultra-effective night-time targeting
16 Jan 2018 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
Skin suffers every day from numerous external aggressions, including sleep deprivation, stress and pollution.

Sothys tackles this problem with its night range.
Hotel and Spa Forum 2018 to focus on 'A New Era of Wellness'
16 Jan 2018 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
The eleventh edition of the Hotel and Spa Forum will take place at the Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris on 7 June 2018.
Physical Company's new Surge Storm takes hydro-inertia training to the next level
16 Jan 2018 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
Physical Company has launched the Surge Storm hydro-inertia training system, an updated version of its Surge system.
The more effective kind of impact sound insulation
15 Jan 2018 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
The function of the flooring in regard to protecting the building fabric is very important in fitness centres.
Elemis partners with Foreo for new skincare set
15 Jan 2018 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
Elemis has partnered with Swedish beauty company Foreo to launch a unique skincare system that combines Elemis' Biotec range and Foreo's Luna Play Face Cleanser.
US$88m Epic Waters waterpark comes to Texas
12 Jan 2018 . BY Tom Anstey
A major new waterpark in Grand Prairie, Texas, opens its doors to the public today (12 January), with the US$88m (€72.5m, £64.6m) project featuring a retractable roof to offer year-round use for the US state.
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Anticipation mounts for Drake's Toronto restaurant and sports bar
Canadian rapper, producer, actor and entrepreneur Drake is turning his attention to the restaurant business.
Norwegian brewery partners with COBE to create Stavanger waterfront attraction
Danish architects COBE and Norwegian beer maker Lervig have unveiled plans for a major waterfront visitor centre and brewery in Stavanger, Norway.
Designs revealed for new aquatics centre on an artificial quay in Copenhagen’s harbour
Stunning designs have been revealed for Copenhagen's new Water Culture Centre, which will feature outdoor and indoor pools, waterfalls, harbour baths and sports facilities.
World's highest Ferris wheel to sit atop RM2.2bn FA Porsche building
A Ferris wheel in Malaysia will become the world’s highest when it opens as part of the under-construction 78-storey M101 Skywheel in Kuala Lumpur.
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