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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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Imaging Platform

Andor Technology (Belfast, Northern Ireland) has announced the launch of Dragonfly, a high-speed confocal imaging platform supporting multiple high-contrast imaging techniques. Dragonfly integrates Andor’s cameras with patented illumination technologies, and optimized optical design, to deliver outstanding image quality characterised by low noise, wide dynamic range, high resolution and exceptional sensitivity. The Borealis Perfect Illumination Delivery™ system used for confocal and widefield imaging provides exceptional stability, uniformity and spectral range, extending into the NIR region, where autofluorescence can be largely avoided. Click here to learn more

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Laser Drivers

The D200 is the latest in Highland Technology's (San Francisco, CA) line of high-performance compact precision laser drivers. A DC-coupled trigger signal produces fast, 2 nanosecond transitions. Up to 4 amps of regulated drive current supports lasers with forward voltages up to 9 volts. The built-in edge-triggered pulse generator provides up to 1us pulse widths. A pulse-follower mode is also provided, accommodating externally-defined trigger widths up to 100% duty continuous-wave (CW). Power, pulse width, drive current, and differential triggering functions are accessible through a ribbon cable header for embedded OEM applications.  Click here to learn more

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