Special Coverage

How Model Rockets Launch Tomorrow's Engineers
Lost in Space: Smart Spacesuits Feature 'Home' Button
With a Commercial Printer, Researchers Manufacture Motion Sensors in Bulk
NASA Supercomputer Simulations Reveal 'Noisy' Aerodynamics
Is It Hot in Here? New Double-Sided Fabric Will Find Your 'Comfortable' Temperature
Sound-Off: Thermoset Composites vs. Traditional Metals
Electric ‘Smart’ Paper Picks Up on Pipe Leaks
Using Microwaves to Produce High-Quality Graphene
Transducer-Actuator Systems for On-Machine Measurements and Automatic Part Alignment
Wide-Area Surveillance Using HD LWIR Uncooled Sensors
Heavy Lift Wing in Ground (WIG) Cargo Flying Boat

Radar Sees Through Walls – By Seeking Symmetry

Using a narrow band of microwave frequencies, researchers at Duke University found a new way to see on the other side of the wall.
Posted in: INSIDER, Wireless, Defense, Imaging, Antennas, RF & Microwave Electronics
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Sound-Off: What 3D-Printing Method is Best – FDM, SLS, or SLA?

A Tech Briefs reader asks our expert to compare three 3D-printing techniques.
Posted in: News, News, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping & Tooling, Implants & Prosthetics, Medical
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Taming Vortices – Polymers Ease Fluid Flow

A vortex in the atmosphere can churn with enough power to create a typhoon. But more subtle vortices form constantly in nature. Many of them are too small to be seen with the naked eye. Researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) created a way to examine these small-scale whirlpools with the aid of a device specially developed for this purpose.

Posted in: INSIDER, Composites, Materials
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Printing a Better Actuator

One technology uses magnetic fields to generate mechanical work. The other enhances the magnetic properties of 3D-printed materials. Combined, they could lead to efficient, economical production of magnetic actuators.

Posted in: INSIDER, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping & Tooling
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Preparing the Energy Grid for Electrified and Autonomous Vehicles

This 60-minute Webinar examines this crucial aspect of the evolving transportation infrastructure, exploring how the energy grid works and its current limitations, the risks that must be mitigated to provide for an electric-centric transportation model, and the steps necessary to ensure the grid is ready to support high volumes of fully electric vehicles. It also addresses the importance of managed charging, smart home energy management, and the integration of stationary commercial energy storage.

Posted in: On-Demand Webinars, Energy, Transportation
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Would you use "Printed Wi-Fi?"

This week, Tech Briefs TV featured an additive-manufacturing technology from the University of Washington.

The "Printed Wi-Fi" method creates 3D-printed objects that communicate with other smart devices. The technique could someday lead to buttons and sliders that wirelessly control music volume and lights, or smart bottles that sense liquid flow and send data to nearby RF devices.

What do you think? Would you use "Printed Wi-Fi?"

Posted in: Question of the Week
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A Giant Leap: Reconstructing NASA’s Moon-Mission Audio

During the historic Apollo 11 mission, the astronauts, mission control specialists, and back-room support staff did plenty of communicating. The University of Texas at Dallas launched a project to make all of the moon-mission audio accessible.
Posted in: News, Aerospace, Data Acquisition, Detectors, Sensors, Transducers
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Sound-Off: The Most ‘Startling’ Discovery in IoT? A Lack of Security

The “Internet of Things” links a variety of devices, from computers and industrial machines to heart monitors and robots. The interconnection also leads to some “startling” data-transfer discoveries, according to one NASA pro.

Posted in: News, Data Acquisition, Sensors
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Lost in Space: Smart Spacesuits Feature 'Home' Button

During a routine spacewalk, astronauts can easily lose their sense of orientation and direction. Creators of a new kind of spacesuit aim to address the challenge — with the push of a button.

Posted in: News, Aerospace, Communications, Manufacturing & Prototyping
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How Model Rockets Launch Tomorrow’s Engineers

If you ask engineers about their early days, many can't avoid talking about a favorite toy: the model rocket.
Posted in: News, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Propulsion
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