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Berkeley team does as the Romans did to discover new binder mechanism

Using the Advanced Light Source (ALS) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and core samples from an ancient breakwater near Naples, Italy, a University of California, Berkeley, research team has examined the fine-scale structure and extraordinarily stable binding compound, calcium-aluminum-silicate hydrate of Roman seawater concrete.

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Bright Ideas in X-ray spectromicroscopy research at Advanced Light Source

The Advanced Light Source (ALS) is a third-generation synchrotron, a specialized particle accelerator that generates bright beams of x-rays for scientific research. It is located in a building originally designed in the 1930s by Arthur Brown, Jr.—architect of the Coit Tower in San Francisco—to house Ernest O. Lawrence’s 184-in. cyclotron.

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Clark Pacific adds fourth California plant in Hanson Structural asset deal

Already a major player in West Coast architectural and structural precast solutions, Clark Pacific has closed on the California assets of Hanson Structural Precast: a flagship plant in Irwindale and 80-acre industrial-zoned site in Adelanto.

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Terver, Ruiz gain expanded roles in Holcim Ltd., U.S. operations

Holcim (US) Inc. President and CEO Bernard Terver has joined the executive committee of Swiss parent, Holcim Ltd., and will assume responsibility for a new Group region encompassing the U.S. and Canadian namesake businesses, Aggregate Industries (US) and (UK).

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