Cornell scientists have identified a new contender when it comes to quantum materials for computing and low temperature electronics. Using nitride-based materials, the researchers created a material structure that simultaneously exhibits superconductivity—in which electrical resistance vanishes completely—and the quantum Hall effect, which produces resistance with extreme precision when a magnetic field is applied. The announcement was made February 19.
A team of scientists has detected the presence of a high-energy neutrino—a particularly elusive particle—in the wake of a star’s destruction as it is consumed by a black hole. This discovery, reported in the journal Nature Astronomy, sheds new light on the origins of Ultrahigh Energy Cosmic Rays—the highest energy particles in the Universe.
Air Liquide Advanced Technologies (CSA CSM) has acquired 80% capital of the French company Cryoconcept, which specializes in dilution refrigeration technology reaching extremely low temperatures. This transaction enables Air Liquide to strengthen its expertise in the field of ultralow temperature—close to absolute zero—cryogenics, propose a broader offering and accelerate the development of Cryoconcept’s activities. The acquisition was announced on September 24.
In early December, DNV GL, a Norway-based, internationally accredited registrar and classification society, awarded a Dublin-based SuperNode Limited with a Statement of Feasibility for its “Subsea Superconducting Cable System” concept—technology that aims to connect renewable generation sources, increase grid interconnection in mature markets and decarbonize the electricity system.
Last year, C-Suite Services dba Spectrum Specialty Valves won a NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for their cryogenic cam butterfly valve, beginning a lengthy research, development and production process. The three-phase NASA SBIR and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs fund the research, development and demonstration of innovative technologies that fulfill NASA needs as described in the annual “Solicitations” and have significant potential for successful commercialization.
On Sunday, February 21, the LNG Tanker Golar Glacier arrived in Damietta Port to transport the first experimental shipment from the plant that has been idle for eight years. The return to operations of the Damietta plant on the northeast coast and the country’s other plant, Idku, in the Beheira governorate, will mark the revival of Egypt’s LNG push.
During the Hydrogen + Fuel Cells 2009 conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Yahoo editor Sebastian Blanco got to spend a few minutes in both the Nissan X-Trail FCV and the Kia Borrego FCEV. Now, he recalls the experience in a new hydrogen powered reality.