Shock-Wave Energy Inspiration for Development of Super-Strong Materials
Purdue University doctoral student Matthew Beason works on equipment for research that is part of a national effort to develop new materials created using shock waves similar to those generated by meteorites striking the Earth. (Source: Purdue University)
This seems like a revolutionary idea to create such a force on materials to test them for strength, but in a way it also makes perfect sense. I can't think of a more effective way to see how strong something is--in various aspects of life--than to exert extreme pressure on it. And it seems like the scientists feel the same way.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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