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Question of the Week : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Can ‘The Ocean Cleanup’ Clean Up the Ocean?

The Ocean Cleanup, a nonprofit effort begun by Dutch inventor Boyan Slat, wants to clean up 50% of “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch” in five years, with the aim of a 90% reduction by 2040.

Using a 600-meter long floater, or collection platform, called System 001, the Cleanup technology...

On-Demand Webinars : Manufacturing & Prototyping
The Quality of FMEAs

Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) can anticipate and prevent problems, reduce costs, shorten product development times, and achieve safe and highly reliable products and processes. Stated simply, FMEA is an essential element in achieving reliability objectives for any project or program. However, it has to be done...

On-Demand Webinars : Transportation
Virtual Hardware ECUs: A Positive Disruption for Automotive Software Development

Automotive systems require years of development before making it into a vehicle. With advanced driver assistance systems, infotainment, safety systems, and autonomous driving requiring more compute power and software content, automotive companies need to revisit...

Webinars : Medical
Introduction to Radiation Dosimetry and the Mathematical Model

An overview of radiation dosimetry will be given with emphasis on dosimetry principles and calibration methods in order to maintain measurement traceability. The importance of estimating measurement uncertainty is discussed, including how uncertainty can be applied to the radiation...

Question of the Week : Energy
Will Stretchable, Printable Solar Cells Catch On?

A Rice University lab is making solar cells that are stretchable, printable, and paintable. Watch the demo on Tech Briefs TV.

This week's Question: Will Stretchable, Printable Solar Cells Catch On?

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INSIDER : Green Design & Manufacturing
Light it up: Purdue NSF-funded Technology Flips the Switch on the Future for Sustainable Smart Homes and $1.3 Trillion Market

IoT devices need a wireless means of communications to be truly seamless so they can be easily integrated in...

INSIDER : Sensors/Data Acquisition
A Step Toward Personalized, Automated Smart Homes

Developing automated systems that track occupants and self-adapt to their preferences is a major next step for the future of smart homes. When you walk into a room, for instance, a system...

INSIDER : Internet of Things
Enabling “Internet of Photonic Things” with Miniature Sensors

A team of researchers at Washington University in St. Louis was the first to successfully record environmental data using a wireless photonic sensor resonator with a...

On-Demand Webinars : Software
Calibration of Nonlinear Structural Material Models

Structural mechanics simulations often use nonlinear material models that need to be calibrated to experimental data. In this webinar, guest speaker Jorgen Bergstrom from Veryst Engineering will demonstrate how these material models can be calibrated and used in multiphysics simulations. Jorgen...

On-Demand Webinars : Materials
Next-Generation Technologies and Materials for Advanced Mobility Applications

As automotive manufacturers embrace the transition from internal-combustion engines to e-mobility and fuel cell propulsion systems, they face new challenges in areas such as thermal management, power efficiency, friction reduction, weight reduction, compact...

INSIDER : Materials
Laser-Activated Silk Sealants Outperform Sutures for Tissue Repair

Tissue repair following injury or during surgery is conventionally performed with sutures and staples, which can cause tissue damage and complications, including infection....

INSIDER : Materials
Invention Opens Door to Safer, Less Expensive X-Ray Imaging

New lead halide perovskite nanocrystals developed by researchers from NUS Chemistry could soon mean cheaper X-rays and computerized tomography (CT) scans involving lower levels of...

INSIDER : Energy
Solar Cell Does Double Duty for Renewable Energy

In the quest for abundant, renewable alternatives to fossil fuels, scientists have sought to harvest the sun’s energy through “water splitting,” an artificial photosynthesis technique...

Products : Imaging
New Products: November 2018 Photonics & Imaging Insider

Telecentric Lenses

Edmund Optics (EO) (Barrington, NJ) has introduced TECHSPEC® MercuryTL™ Liquid Lens Telecentric Lenses. These integrated lenses utilize the unique features of telecentric lenses, such as eliminating parallax (or perspective) error and combine them with a...

Blog : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Modular Robots Change Shape – Depending on the Task
Professor Hadas Kress-Gazit tells Tech Briefs about the "great promise" of autonomous modular robots.
On-Demand Webinars : Medical
New Developments in Catheter Shaft Components

This webinar is focused on catheter shaft componentry with a deeper dive into polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) liners and fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP). Information provided will contain a mix of polymer material science, specifications of extruded fluoropolymers, engineering considerations for...

On-Demand Webinars : Imaging
Three Ways Thermal Cameras Make Autonomous Vehicles Safer

There are over 500,000 thermal infrared cameras in cars today, warning drivers of objects on the roadway ahead. As we move through SAE automation level 2 and beyond, thermal infrared cameras will be a key technology in the safety sensor suite for ADAS and autonomous vehicles.

Question of the Week : Imaging
Will AR and VR Help Automotive Manufacturers?

A reader recently asked our automotive expert: “How will the use of augmented reality and virtual parts impact the role of automotive parts manufacturers, such as PCB manufacturers, in prototyping and production?”

“AR and VR really will impact all manufacturers up and...

Blog : Energy
Answering Your Questions: For an Electric-Aircraft Future, Do We Need to Rethink Design?
For an electric-aircraft future, it's not enough to just change components. You have to rethink design, our expert tells one reader.
News : Photonics/Optics
3D Imaging Opens Door to Fascinating Leaf Complexity

The field of plant science is in the process of being profoundly transformed by new imaging and modeling technologies. These tools are allowing scientists to peer inside the leaf with a clarity and resolution inconceivable a generation ago.

News : Medical
CT Expands Possibilities of Imaging Ancient Remains

Researchers in Sweden using computed tomography (CT) have successfully imaged the soft tissue of an ancient Egyptian mummy's hand down to a microscopic level. Non-destructive imaging of human and animal mummies with X-rays and CT is a boon to the fields of archaeology and paleopathology. They...

News : Medical
Chemists Create Circular Fluorescent Dyes for Imaging

University of Oregon chemists have created a new class of fluorescent dyes that function in water and emit colors based solely on the diameter of circular nanotubes made of carbon and hydrogen. The six-member team is now exploring their potential use in biological imaging.

News : Medical
Enhanced 3D Imaging Advances Brain Treatments

Researchers have developed a combination of commercially available hardware and open-source software, named PySight, to improve rapid 2D and 3D imaging of neuronal activity in the living brain and other tissues. PySight serves as an add-on for laser scanning microscopes. Such an advancement in...

Articles : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Inside Story: S. Himmelstein and Company

S. Himmelstein and Company (Hoffman Estates, IL) has been designing and manufacturing torque measurement transducers and instrumentation since 1960. The company’s products offer significant advantages that enhance their overall performance under real-world conditions – not just in the calibration...