The Past and Future of Carbon Fiber

From Edison to Elon, carbon fiber has been a source of inspiration and frustration. Carbon fiber is crucial to both the development of many current products, from golf clubs to jackets, and has the potential to be a crucial material in mankind’s quest to become interplanetary. With a history that starts with its use as […]

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Flexible BiCMOS substrate with simplified process for roll-to-roll production

  The team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Nanjing University have also simplified the manufacturing process for roll-to-roll production systems. The substrate is a transferable single crystalline Si nanomembrane (Si NM) 340nm thick on a single piece of bendable plastic substrate.   The planar 1.5μm n-channel and p-channel MOSFETS and the NPN bipolar junction transistors […]

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Here’s What a World Powered by Quantum Computers Will Look Like

Beyond Science Fiction In 1935, Albert Einstein famously collaborated with physicists Boris Podolsky and Nathan Rosen on a paper designed to illuminate the weaknesses in quantum mechanics, a branch of physics focused on the very small. Though the phenomenon of “entanglement” was so new the term hadn’t even been coined yet, Einstein wasted no time voicing […]

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Ultrashort laser pulses squeezed out of graphene

Originally posted on The Next Generation:
Experiments suggest that the carbon sheets can produce beams in broad range of colours. Graphene’s hexagonal lattice of carbon atoms can absorb laser light like a sponge and then release it in bursts lasting just a fraction of a nanosecond. Graphene, hailed as one of the thinnest, strongest and most…

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As Cassini Makes 1st ‘Grand Finale’ Dive, More Saturn Mysteries Remain

Running low on fuel, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has begun the final — and most daring — phase of its epic mission to Saturn.

After using a final flyby of the moon Titan on Friday to boost its speed, Cassini was flung by the moon’s gravity to a trajectory that sent it diving through the 1,200-mile (1,930 kilometers) gap between the planet’s upper atmosphere and innermost rings, NASA officials said.

Cassini completed the first crossing of the ring plane at about 2 a.m. PDT (5 a.m. EDT, or 0900 GMT) Wednesday, the space agency said in a statement.

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Will circular runways ever take off?


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NASA’s New Shape-Shifting Radiator Inspired by Origami

Japan’s ancient art of paper folding has inspired the design of a potentially trailblazing “smart” radiator that a NASA technologist is now developing to remove or retain heat on small satellites. Vivek Dwivedi, a technologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, has teamed with a couple of researchers at Brigham Young University […]

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