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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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Virgin launches boxing fitness class Punch
20 Jul 2017 . BY Deven Pamben
Virgin Active has launched Punch - a boxing workout that consists of 12 rounds, focusing on speed, core and power.
Diversity is the key to retention: Traditional operators turn fitness on its head with MoveGB
19 Jul 2017 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
New research shows there is a simple trick to extending health club membership life by four times.
Elevate wins trade show award
17 Jul 2017 . BY Ben Coxon
Health and fitness trade show Elevate has beaten a number of organisations to pick up a gong at the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) Awards 2017.
Spa Business Education teams up with Joanneum university for spa MBA course
17 Jul 2017 . BY Tom Walker
Spa Business Education (SBE), part of spa consultancy Raison d'Etre, has secured an educational partnership with the Joanneum University of Applied Sciences in Austria.
Studio RHE merge restaurant with co-working space at London's placemaking Palatino
14 Jul 2017 . BY Kim Megson
British architecture practice Studio RHE have merged an Italian restaurant and a modern co- working space under one roof in London’s Clerkenwell.
Susan Jessop announces AMRA for Men
14 Jul 2017 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
British luxury skincare brand AMRA has launched a line of men’s skincare products for professional and at home use.
A touch of urban cool with a steel Core
14 Jul 2017 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
Core by Premier Software (Core) is the leading single and multi-site software solution designed specifically for the spa, wellness and leisure industry.
Hammer Strength HD Athletic Perimeter delivers compact solution for Olympic training
14 Jul 2017 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
Life Fitness, the global leader in commercial fitness equipment manufacturing, has extended its HD Athletic line with the introduction of Hammer Strength HD Athletic Perimeter Racks.
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