Researchers have found that the band gap of semiconductor indium nitride is not 2 eV as previously thought, but a much lower 0.7 eV. Scientists from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Cornell University, and Japan's Ritsumeikan University have discovered that a single system of alloys incorporating indium, gallium, and nitrogen can convert virtually the full spectrum of sunlight to electrical current. Such a discovery could eventually lead to the delivery of the most efficient and relatively inexpensive solar cells. For more information, go to www.lbl.gov/science-articles/archive.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
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