Breakthrough Material Enables No Electricity Sterilization Will Save Thousands of Lives

Optically transparent aerogel is essentially a lightweight foam made of silica, the material of beach sand, and consists mostly of air. It reduces the rate of heat loss by tenfold. This transparent insulating material is bonded onto the top of off-the-shelf equipment for producing solar hot water. A copper plate with a heat-absorbing black coating …

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2022 Mission to Asteroid With Nickel that Might Help Power 22nd Century

NASA plans to launch the Psyche mission to explore a metal-rock asteroid that is also called Psyche. The critical design review is done and construction has started. They plan to launch August 2022 on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy. The asteroid Psyche is largely metallic iron and nickel. It is similar to Earth’s core and could …

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Material Made With Record Melting Point of Over 4000 Degrees Celsius

Using the method of self-propagating high-temperature synthesis, NUSTMISIS scientists created HfC0.5N0.35, (hafnium carbonitride) which is close to a desired theoretical composition. It has a high hardness of 21.3 GPa and can withstand temperatures over 4000 degrees celsius. The hardness is higher than in other promising materials, such as ZrB2/SiC (20.9 GPa) and HfB2/SiC/TaSi2 (18.1 GPa). …

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Silicon Chip Quantum Computing That Has Practical Cooling Costs

Australia developing warmer, cheaper and more robust quantum computing with qubits that need thousands of dollars of refrigeration instead of millions of dollars. Most current quantum computers need multi-million-dollar refrigeration and as soon as you plug them into conventional electronic circuits they’ll instantly overheat. Professor Andrew Dzurak and his team at UNSW Sydney have a …

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Carbon Nanostructure Stronger than Diamond By Strength to Density

Researchers have architecturally designed plate-nanolattices – nanometer-sized carbon structures – that are stronger than diamonds as a ratio of strength to density. The team’s design has been shown to improve on the average performance of cylindrical beam-based architectures by up to 639 percent in strength and 522 percent in rigidity. They designed and fabricating the …

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Superconductoring Alloys Found in Meteorites

Researchers used a highly sensitive technique to examine 16 samples from two different meteorites to find new superconducting alloys. One meteorite formed in the iron core of an asteroid and one flung off a planet’s surface by a collision. Above – Credit: Graeme Churchard/flickr. Samples from the Mundrabilla meteorite, which was found in Australia in …

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Sandy Munro Discusses the SpaceX Materials and Technology Being Used at Tesla

Sandy Munro is an expert at breaking down cars and determining now to optimize construction and processes. He describes the processes for stamping the metal body of the cybertruck and the tougher glass. The 301 stainless metal is common to both the Cybertruck and the SpaceX Super Heavy Starship. The transparent ceramic and metal particle …

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