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materialsTwo Quintillion Tons of Metal or Dense Oxides Found on the Moon

A large mass of material has been discovered beneath the largest crater on the Moon, the South Pole-Aitken basin, and it may contain metal from an asteroid that crashed into the Moon and formed the crater. If this is a …

materialsDiamonds and Ion Qubits

There are three major competing Quantum computer technologies for qubits. They are nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers in diamond lattices, trapped ions, and superconducting qubits. The benefit of trapped-ion systems is that the ions are inherently going to affect one another. They’re …

diamondNanostructured Diamond Metalens For Compact Quantum Technologies

The key to harnessing the potential power of quantum systems is being able to create or find structures that allow electron spin to be reliably manipulated and measured, a difficult task considering the fragility of quantum states. Bassett’s lab at …

materialsA SpaceCraft Could Get to 430,000 Miles From the Sun Using Proposed Coating

In 2018 the Parker Solar Probe launched and plans to approach the Sun to within 8.5 solar radii (4 million miles) of its surface. This is seven times closer than any previous mission. Researchers think a new coating could allow …

materialsMost Plastic Was Not Recycled But Was Dumped

78% (830,000 tonnes) of the 2018 U.S. plastic waste exports were sent to countries with waste “mismanagement rates” greater than 5%. Mismanagement means the plastic was probably dumped in a river. The actual mismanagement rates in China, India and Vietnam …

astronomyGiant Lasers Flash-Freeze and Crystallize Water to Reveal Superionic Structure

Scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) used giant lasers to flash-freeze water into its exotic superionic phase and record X-ray diffraction patterns to identify its atomic structure for the very first time — all in just a few billionths …

future weaponsIron Man Is Beyond Current Tech But Armor and Weapons Upgrades Are Here

The $80 million Special Ops TALOS exoskeleton failed to develop real-life Iron Man exoskeleton armor. The energy systems and other technology are not ready. However, a dozen components will be developed. Special Ops will spend $16 million to develop components …