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Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a soft, stretchy skin patch that can be worn on the neck to continuously track blood pressure and...

After the optical frequency comb made its debut as a ruler for light, spinoffs followed, including the “astrocomb” to measure starlight and a radar-like comb system to...

Atomically thin materials are a promising alternative to silicon-based transistors; now researchers can connect them more efficiently to other chip elements.

Physicists from the University of Sussex have developed an extremely thin, large-area semiconductor surface source of terahertz, composed of just a...

The automotive industry is revolutionizing vehicle design and production. Designers and engineers are reimagining everything from the wheels up. This includes the rear...

White Papers: Automotive
How to Make Software Faster, Safer, Secure in Regulated Environments?

The race for innovation and cybersecurity in our hyper-connected world has led most organizations to adopt DevSecOps methodologies in their software development and...

White Papers: Photonics/Optics
Fiber Optic Rotary Joints Add a Spin to Sensing, Mobile, and Robotic Fiber Systems

To the passing optical signals, fiberoptic rotary joints (FORJs) are nothing more than fiber connectors, which provide connection between one or multiple...

On-Demand Webinars: Automotive
Commercial Vehicles: The Real Home for High-Level Autonomy

The realization that commercial vehicles and off-road equipment – not passenger vehicles – are the logical starting point for implementing higher levels of automation is setting in. Established routes along long stretches of highway, and easily geofenced areas such as ports...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Your Quick Guide to Customizing Access Hardware

In this Quick Guide you will learn how to choose the right Access Hardware solution. Choose your lock type, then decide to specify Inserts, Housing and the Cam. We’re flexible, so it’s your...

On-Demand Webinars: Green Design & Manufacturing
Next-Generation Specialty Fluids for Industrial Critical Cleaning: What You Need to Know

As the world transitions to environmentally preferred solutions to achieve net zero carbon emissions, regulatory pressure is starting to grow around the use of TCE (trichloroethylene) and nPB (n-propyl bromide) for vapor degreaser cleaning. In this...

A sustainable, powerful micro-supercapacitor may be on the horizon. Until now, these high-capacity, fast-charging energy storage devices have been limited by the...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Reduced Heat Leakage Improves Wearable Health Device

North Carolina State University engineers continue to improve the efficiency of a flexible device worn on the wrist that harvests heat energy from the human body to monitor health.

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Richland, WA) have shown that low-cost organic compounds hold promise...

A collaboration led by Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) used X-ray nanoimaging to gain an unprecedented view into solid-state electrolytes, revealing previously undetected crystal...

White Papers: Aerospace
Magnet Valves for Rapid Decompression

When transporting sealed containers by air, protecting against rapid decompression is a constant concern. Traditionally, spring-actuated valves have been used to address this design challenge....

White Papers: Defense
A Shapeable Moisture Adsorber Ideal for Restricted Spaces

H2OLock pressed desiccants provide a single solution to both moisture and durability concerns in aerospace, defense, optics, and industrial products. A moisture adsorber...

On-Demand Webinars: Automotive
Get More Out of Your EVs with Thermoplastics

Despite all their benefits, electric vehicles also bring some challenges to consumers, including charging time, battery range, and safety. Manufacturers, in turn, need components that are durable and safe while delivering high performance. When considering high-voltage and structural...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Scanning Boosts Accuracy and Efficiency of Bladed Disk Milling Process

Based in Ufa, Russia, Technopark Aviation Technologies – a provider of educational and scientific research and engineering services – worked closely with one of...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A Guide to Ball Grid Arrays

The ball grid array (BGA) is a surface-mount chip package that is used to mount embedded devices (e.g., microprocessors) by melting balls of solder between the face of the device and the circuit board. Unlike the...

Question of the Week: Green Design & Manufacturing
Will Recyclable Electronics Catch On?

Our June issue of Tech Briefs features a completely recyclable transistor from Duke University. The fully functional semiconductor is made out of three carbon-based inks that can be easily printed onto paper or other flexible, environmentally friendly surfaces.

Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
'Self-Aware' Sensing Material Powers Itself
A "self-aware," self-powering material can be used in heart stents, bridges, and even space.
White Papers: Materials
Viton™ Fluoroelastomers: Selecting The Right Elastomer Makes All The Difference

As innovations in automotive design lead to hotter-running engines and increasingly challenging environments, under-the-hood material selection for...

Special Reports: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Smart Factory/IIoT - June 2021

Factories are getting "smarter" and more automated by the day, thanks to advances in AI, connectivity, controls, and sensors. In this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Sensor...

Application Briefs: Motion Control
New Hybrid Concept for Actuating Subsea Valves
A valve actuator has deep-sea applications.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Linear Bearings: What You Need to Know
Learn the distinct forms that linear bearings take, and where the bearings are being used today.
The system could one day replace LiDAR and cameras in automated manufacturing, biomedical imaging, and autonomous driving.
Designers who must sense motor position, speed, or acceleration have a lot of choices, including resolvers, optical encoders, and Hall-effect devices.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Swimming Living Robots Can Self-Train
Biobots based on muscle cells can swim at unprecedented velocities.
Exoskeleton legs are capable of thinking and making control decisions on their own using artificial intelligence technology.

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