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Researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry have synthesised a polymeric cubic form of nitrogen where all atoms are connected with single covalent bonds, similar to carbon atoms in diamond, creating what may be the most powerful explosive e (Read the complete story)

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"In the August Nature Materials, the researchers chronicle how they made the elusive polymeric nitrogen. First, they injected a small sample of nitrogen gas into a disk-shaped chamber inside a diamond-anvil cell. The chamber measured about 50 micrometers in diameter and 10 µm in height. Next, the researchers began introducing wrenching pressures inside the cell. They then heated the sample with a laser until the nitrogen began to solidify and turn dark.
At approximately 1,725°C and 115 gigapascals—a million times the pressure of the atmosphere at sea level—something remarkable happened. The sample transformed into a transparent crystal. Mikhail Eremets calls it "nitrogen diamond" because it's similar to diamond in appearance and structure. X-ray and optical analyses of the sample confirmed that the nitrogen had indeed become polymeric."
(From Nitrogen Power: New crystal packs a lot of punch"
(Bill Christensen 8/13/2004 5:35:49 AM)
"The news release is mirrored here: Polymeric Nitrogen Press Release."
(Winchell Chung 8/13/2004 6:15:40 AM)
"Damnit, Pinky! I told you not to leave that notebook out where the professor could see it. Now we'll have to start over."
(Brain 8/22/2004 6:52:15 AM)
"Will this be a conventional process, or is actually aquiring the nitrogen so expensive that it far outways the benifits. Would this sovle all our power issues??? would really like o know this...."
( 9/20/2004 5:45:17 PM)
(MIKE SHARPE 8/30/2005 10:13:06 AM)
"wouldn't this be an expensive process?"
( 9/27/2005 11:39:35 AM)
"Kindlu i may be provided the info, regarding the measurement of explosive detonation power or velocity of explosion.Thanks"
(Syed Abdul Jabbar 6/15/2006 7:42:12 AM)
"Right! You've got the hammer and I'm holding the diamond anvil. Now when I nod my head, you hit it."
(Harpo's Ghost 10/18/2009 4:19:29 AM)

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