Special Coverage


Measurements of Pluto’s Atmosphere Reveal Surprises

NASA's New Horizons probe performed the first-ever flyby of Pluto, zooming within 7,800 miles of its frigid surface. The close encounter is giving researchers their first up-close looks at Pluto, which has remained mysterious since its 1930 discovery.

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Magnetics Design: Specification, Performance & Economics

An informative white paper from Datatronics Romoland, Inc., provides a discussion of the design, development and delivery of affordable magnetic components. The design development process begins once performance requirements are specified. Upon design approval, the procurement of materials for a prototype build is initiated. During this stage, specifications are not final and options remain open for cost-effective production. Specifications must be reviewed and design trade-offs evaluated to ensure that the technical requirements are economically attainable with consideration given to performance and tolerance in relation to affordable cost.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers


World’s First Full-Color, Flexible, Skin-like Display Developed

Imagine a soldier who can change the color and pattern of his camouflage uniform from woodland green to desert tan at will. Or an office worker who could do the same with his necktie. A breakthrough in a University of Central Florida lab has brought those scenarios closer to reality. A team led by Professor Debashis Chanda of UCF’s NanoScience Technology Center and the College of Optics and Photonics (CREOL) has developed a technique for creating the world’s first full-color, flexible thin-film reflective display.

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Can an app improve your mood?

This week's Question: Smartwatches allow users to track exercise, heart rate, and other health factors, but what about mood? The design studio Ustwo has a new app that aims for a more approachable model of delivering psychological therapy. The technology, called Moodnotes, acts as a basic journaling app. The user responds to Moodnotes prompts, such as "How are you?" and "What's happening at the moment?" The entries are archived and shown in a "Moodtrends" chart, which potentially reveals thinking patterns. If a thought pattern is determined to be affecting a user’s mood, the technology encourages the person to rethink a situation. What do you think? Can an app improve your mood?  

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'Electron Camera' Reveals Nature's Fastest Processes

Using a method known as ultrafast electron diffraction (UED), a scientific instrument from the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory reveals nature's fastest processes, including the rapid motions of atoms and molecules. 

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Nano-Textured Coatings Keep Surfaces Clean

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center has developed two unique coating formulations that will keep surfaces clean and sanitary and contain contaminants.

Posted in: On-Demand Webinars, Coatings & Adhesives


Best Practices for LED Lens Design

This Webinar will present best practices and techniques to design LED Lenses for multiple applications by setting up specifications, pointing out design constraints, and reviewing underlying optical principals. Three different lens solutions will be presented: the design of a standard TIR lens, side emitting lens, and free form lens for streetlamp design.

Posted in: On-Demand Webinars, LEDs