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New Coating Cools Buildings, Beams Away Heat

Stanford engineers have invented a revolutionary coating material that can help cool buildings, even on sunny days, by radiating heat away from the buildings and sending it directly into space.

Posted in: Green Design & Manufacturing, Materials, Coatings & Adhesives, Energy Efficiency, Energy, News

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Underwater Robot Offers New Look at Antarctic Sea Ice

The first detailed, high-resolution 3D maps of Antarctic sea ice have been developed using an underwater robot. Scientists from the UK, US, and Australia say the new technology provides accurate ice thickness measurements from areas that were previously too difficult to access.

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Are we moving toward pilotless airliners?

This week's Question: NASA has worked with industry to help create the Synthetic Vision System (SVS), a virtual reality display system for cockpits. The SVS uses 3D to provide pilots with intuitive means of understanding their flying environment, including graphical displays of terrain and hazards. In coming months, Universal Avionics, an avionics manufacturer, will release a product called InSight, which blends larger displays, higher-resolution 3-D synthetic vision, and new icon-based command-and-control architecture. Some say that synthetic vision developments, along with other emerging aviation technologies like touch-screen steering and voice recognition, could lead to a day when airliners fly themselves. What do you think? Are we moving toward pilotless airliners?>

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Product of the Month: December 2014

COMSOL, Burlington, MA, announced COMSOL Multiphysics® software version 5.0 that features product updates, three new add-on products, and the new Application Builder. The Application Builder lets users build applications for use by engineering and manufacturing departments, expanding accessibility to the expertise and to simulation solutions. The Application Builder enables engineers to make available an easy-to-use application based on their COMSOL Multiphysics model. Included with the Windows® operating system version of COMSOL Multiphysics® 5.0, the Application Builder provides tools needed to build and run simulation apps. Any COMSOL Multiphysics model can be turned into an application with its own interface using the tools provided with the Application Builder desktop environment. Other features include the Form Editor, in which the user interface layout can be designed, and the Methods Editor for implementing customized commands. The new version also includes a Ray Optics Module, Design Module, and LiveLinkTM for Revit®.

Posted in: Software, Simulation Software, Products

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Thermal Imaging’s Pocket-Sized Potential

Let’s say you’re a prospective buyer touring an older home that you suspect has some weatherization issues. What if you could verify your hunch by literally seeing cold air seeping under doors or cooling walls where insulation is missing? And what if you could do this on the spot using a smartphone?

Posted in: Imaging, Articles

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New Compounds Developed to Manufacture Tunable OLED Devices

Researchers have developed new organic compounds characterized by higher modularity, stability, and efficiency that could be applicable for use in electronics or lighting. A proof-of-concept project has begun to verify that the compounds have the photoluminescence and electrochemical properties required for the manufacture of tunable organic LEDs (OLEDs) that can emit in the blue portion of the visible spectrum, thus applying lower voltages and achieving greater efficiency and longer life.

Posted in: Electronics & Computers, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Materials, Energy Efficiency, Energy, Lighting, OLEDs, News

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Camera Considerations When Inspecting Printed Circuit Boards

PCB manufacturing is a very competitive market, and manufacturers must be able to confidently ship accurate printed circuit board (PCB) products. Delivery of incorrect boards may have a significant, negative impact on the company reputation, which can directly result in lost business. Inspection of the boards before shipment is required.

Posted in: Cameras, Imaging, Articles

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