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Carbon Nanotube “Stitches” Strengthen Aircraft Composites

MIT aerospace engineers bond composite layers, producing a material that is substantially stronger and more resistant to damage than other advanced composites. (Illustration: Christine Daniloff/MIT) The newest passenger jets are made primarily from advanced composite materials such as carbon fiber reinforced plastic — extremely light, durable materials. But composite materials are also surprisingly vulnerable: the many layers in composites can break apart due to relatively small impacts. MIT aerospace engineers have found a way to bond composite layers in such a way that the resulting material is substantially stronger and more resistant to damage than other advanced composites.

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New MRI Technology Eliminates Longtime Limits

A new technology harnesses imperfections that typically compromise MRI exams to create images resolved enough to enable consistent diagnoses across populations for the first time. Traditional MRI radio waves “light up” some parts of a sample better than others, with imperfections blacking out areas of images. Despite decades of massive investment, traditional MRI still yields only qualitative images that are not resolved enough to guide database-driven diagnoses and research in the age of “big data.” “Plug-and-Play MR Fingerprinting" (PnP-MRF) matches its measurements to a simulated database of every possible magnetic field interaction or distortion as it builds images, and so requires zero calibration. Along with capturing spin characteristics, the new method was shown to effectively map the distortions that occur as MR radio waves interact with tissue, which radiologists had previously sought to erase via calibration. Source

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“Second Skin” Uniform Protects Soldiers from Biological and Chemical Agents

A researcher demonstrates the flexibility of a carbon nanotube membrane. (LLNL) Scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Lab have created a material that is highly breathable, yet protective from biological agents. This material is the first key component of futuristic smart uniforms that also will respond to, and protect soldiers from, environmental chemical hazards. Flexible polymeric membranes feature aligned carbon nanotube (CNT) channels as moisture conductive pores.

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Microscope Imaging System Integrates Virtual Reality

A neurosurgeon at Mount Sinai Health System is the first to use CaptiView – a microscope image injection system from Leica Microsystems that overlays critical virtual reality imaging directly onto the brain when viewed through the eyepiece, known as the ocular, during surgery. This new microscope technology allows images of chosen objects, including original CT, MRI, and angiogram datasets, to be superimposed, or ‘injected,’ directly into the neurosurgeon’s eyepiece during microscopic surgery.

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Microfluidic Chip Replicates Muscle-Nerve Connection

The microfluidic device features a three-dimensional environment, and compartments that separate muscles from nerves to mimic their natural separation in the human body. (Sebastien Uzel) MIT engineers developed a microfluidic device that replicates the neuromuscular junction — the vital connection where nerve meets muscle. The device, about the size of a U.S. quarter, contains a single muscle strip and a small set of motor neurons.

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Is space mining viable?

NASA announced this month that its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) will proceed to the next phase of design and development ahead of a planned launch in late 2021. ARM will demonstrate a solar electric propulsion system as a robotic spacecraft travels to a near-Earth asteroid (NEA). After collecting a multi-ton boulder from the asteroid, the spacecraft will redirect and place the rock in orbit around the Moon. NASA’s announcement raises the possibility of mining rare earths and precious metals in space. Miners will be challenged, however, with getting to space, identifying and mining the correct samples, and returning home safely.

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Embedded Vision System

Elma Electronic Inc. (Fremont, CA) now offers a rugged, high performance embedded vision system that incorporates four configurable Camera Link ports and a front-removable, multi-terabyte storage bay with SATA III interface, essential for high speed imaging data offload and transfer. Powered by an Intel Quad Core i7 processor, the new OptiSys-5101 features a high definition image frame grabber ideal for optical inspection and video capture. A miniPCIe expansion site facilitates easy I/O customization. Designed to withstand severe environments, the compact system is ideal for a wide array of industrial, medical and harsh applications requiring high speed image inspection, analysis and measurement.  Click here to learn more

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