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Will We Drive On Solar Roadways?

An Idaho couple, Scott and Julie Brusaw, recently started an IndieGoGo campaign to raise money for their project, Solar Roadways, which wants to replace asphalt roads with high-strength glass-encased solar panels and LEDs. The panels could potentially light up, generate electricity, melt snow, or charge electronic vehicles. The government, however, would still need to test the roads, and cost estimates are unclear. The project currently has about 47,000 funders.

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About MicroTCA.4: An High-Performance Architecture with I/O and Signal Conditioning Provisions

MicroTCA is a powerful, compact open-standard COTS architecture used in Military, Aerospace, Communications/ Networking, and other industries. By adding rear I/O capability and signal conditioning provisions in the MicroTCA.4 specification, the technology became ideally suited for the High Energy Physics market. This paper will review the MicroTCA.4 background, hardware ecosystem, and latest design advancements.

Posted in: Electronics & Computers, White Papers

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Avoid the High Cost of Quality Failure

In this whitepaper, Arena highlights the pertinent best practices for, and benefits of, managing quality as an integrated part of your business to build a culture of collaboration and innovation. Topics covered:

Posted in: Electronics & Computers, White Papers

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Thin Films Self-Assemble in One Minute

Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have devised a technique whereby self-assembling nanoparticle arrays can form a highly ordered thin film over macroscopic distances in one minute.

Posted in: Electronics & Computers, Electronic Components, Photonics, Optics, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Materials, Coatings & Adhesives, Composites, Nanotechnology, News

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The Benefits of Model-Based Engineering - An Aerospace Perspective

The defense industry is focused on improving affordability. In aerospace, rising fuel costs and increasing competition for market share are driving the demand for on-board systems that deliver improved performance while using less energy. The industry is therefore looking at implementing improved product development processes. Among these is the more widespread use of a model based engineering approach.

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3D Printing for Machine Design

Metals and plastics have long been used for machine parts. Their durability, strength, and reliability in machines that operate continuously for millions of cycles make them the standard in automated machinery. However, for these same reasons, the use of 3D printed parts has been questioned and not widely adopted by manufacturers. This view should be reconsidered as 3D printed components offer a lower cost means to produce prototype components and end use components for machinery.

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Exploiting the Time Domain in X-rays: The Modulated X-ray Source and its Diverse Applications

X-rays are valued in astronomy as probes of energetic phenomena in the Universe, in medical imaging for their ability to penetrate soft tissue, and in materials analysis because they reveal physical and chemical properties of substances in commercial and research applications.

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