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Alpha-Screen (αScreen) Fast and Cheap Bacteria DetectionMonika Weber, Christopher Yerino, Hazael Montanaro, Kane Siu Lung Lo, and Mark Reed, Yale University, New Haven, CT Every year, food-borne bacteria cause thousands of infections in humans and animals. Outbreaks of E.Coli and Salmonella commonly occur in meat, vegetables, and processed food products. The most recent and deadliest recorded E.Coli outbreak caused 39 deaths and over 3,500 reported cases of poisoning in May and June of this year in Germany. An effective method for disease detection and prevention is still missing, mostly due to long incubation times and a high operation cost associated with conventional methods.

Posted in: Articles, Detectors, Design processes, Collaboration and partnering, Product development

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John C. Stennis Space Center

In the 1960s, NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center, all but hidden away in the piney woods of south Mississippi, built a reputation of excellence in testing the massive first and second stages of the Saturn rocket for the nation’s Apollo Program.

Posted in: Articles, Research Lab, Test & Measurement, Rocket engines, Test facilities, Spacecraft

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3D Imaging Technology Changing the Way We Look at Things

Everywhere we look we are bombarded with 3D. It’s in movies, in-home entertainment, digital camcorders, gaming systems, laptops, and even in our labs. What is it about 3D that is so fascinating and what are some of the technology drivers that are determining its future?

Posted in: Articles, Features, ptb catchall, Photonics, Imaging and visualization

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Creating 3D Terrain Maps from 2D Data

Disaster relief workers, border patrol officers, wildfire fighters, and many others need up-to-date information about what they will see when they enter an area, not just sketchy topographic maps that may be years out of date. For them, things change in a hurry, and high-resolution details may be critical to their mission success.

Posted in: Articles, Applications, Features, ptb catchall, Photonics, Cartography, Terrain

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Addressing Trends in Analysis & Simulation Software

In our annual poll of executives in the Analysis & Simulation Software market, we asked our experts about growth in a struggling economy, how software is evolving, strides in high-performance computing, and the increasing use of simulation and analysis at all levels of the development process. Here’s more of what they had to say:

Posted in: Articles, Software, Computer simulation, Cost analysis, Market research

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Electronics Category Winner

iPecs Michael Leydet, College Park Industries, Fraser, MIThe College Park Industries iPecs® (In telligent Prosthetic Endo-Skeletal Com ponent System) is a medical research device that will provide researchers with a tool to accurately measure human locomotion or gait parameters on users of lower limb prostheses. The iPecs measures forces and torsionmoments that can then be wirelessly transmitted in real time to a PC interface. This wireless capability of the iPecs will, for the first time, allow environmentally unencumbered re search to be conducted outside of the laboratory, providing insight into what a prosthesis user experiences on a daily basis.

Posted in: Articles, Electronics, Design processes, Electronic equipment, Product development

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Consumer Products Category Winner

UVA+B SunFriend Karin Edgett, Washington, DC, and Shahid Aslam, Greenbelt, MDAbout 90% of non-melanoma and 65% of melanoma skin cancers are associated with ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the Sun. About 700,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, and the numbers are rising despite the increased use of sunscreen. However, the good properties of vitamin D from sun exposure need to be maintained.

Posted in: Articles, Consumer Product Manufacturing, Exterior lighting, Design processes, Product development

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