"For electric conductivity, you need electrons to move
through a material," says Wally Cordes, a professor of chemistry and
biochemistry at the University of Arkansas. Cordes and his colleagues are
creating non-metal materials that conduct electricity. They bombard molecules
containing nitrogen-sulfur free radicals with X-rays in a process called x-ray
crystallography. The nitrogen sulfur free radicals have an unpaired electron
that provides the electrical conductivity. Electrons move from one molecule to
the next, but the material remains stable. Cordes is conducting ongoing research
for determining the optimum structure for electric conductivity. Contact Cordes
at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (501) 575-5270.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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