What do you get when you subject Nitrogen to pressures 2.4 million times the atmospheric pressure at sea level? The answer is a new form of Nitrogen that is a semiconducting solid. For the first time, scientists at Carnegie Institute at Washington made electric measurements on the condensed gas. This new dense form of Nitrogen stores energy, which they say makes it viable for semiconducting material. The material remains stable after the pressure is removed. The institute's work is partially funded by the National Science Foundation's Division of Materials Research. The findings also confirm theories about superconductivity properties in other elements, such as Hydrogen. For more information, contact the institute's team leader Russell Hemley at (202) 478-8951.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
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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