Researchers at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Princeton University are exploring the properties of magnesium diboride (MgB2), a compound thought to allow the passage of electric current with no resistance. In copper oxide superconductors, the interfaces between material crystals interfere with the flow of electric current. This is not the case with MgB2. Potential applications: computers and electronics. The process of making the superconducting compound into wire or other practical devices is expected to take several years. Contact David Nelson of the NSF at (703) 292-4932.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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