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Upcoming Webinars: Energy
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Undoubtedly, fast and accurate battery models are crucial for various applications such as electric vehicles, renewable energy storage, and portable electronics. Machine...

Blog: Photonics/Optics
Researchers have developed a technique that allows artificial intelligence (AI) programs to better map three-dimensional (3D) spaces using two-dimensional (2D) images captured by multiple cameras.
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INSIDER: AR/AI

Researchers who develop social robots — ones that people interact with — focus too much on design features and not enough on sociological factors, like human-to-human interactions, the...

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INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Because they can go where humans can’t, robots are especially suited for safely working with hazardous nuclear waste. But first, those robots need to become like the humans...

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INSIDER: Information Technology

Before a robot can grab dishes off a shelf to set the table, it must ensure its gripper and arm won’t crash into anything and potentially shatter the fine china. As part of its...

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On-Demand Webinars: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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Fatigue analysis is one of the most critical applications of strain gauge technology, representing a fascinating concept...

Quiz: Aerospace
No space habitat has yet been constructed beyond Earth orbit, but many design proposals have been made and aerospace engineers are working on new technologies to turn this science fiction into reality. Take this quiz to learn more about space habitats.
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Blog: Photonics/Optics
Researchers have leveraged deep learning techniques to enhance the image quality of a metalens camera. The new approach uses AI to turn low-quality images into high-quality ones.
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Tech Talks: Test & Measurement
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Getting unexpected or failing test results for any biocompatibility test can feel like the end of the line for a medical device. As a vital step in...

Technology & Society: Green Design & Manufacturing
UBC’s nature-based solution with locally available earthen materials could aid in building climate-resilient infrastructure.
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White Papers: Communications
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Wi-Fi 7 - the latest Wi-Fi standard

IEEE 802.11be, or Wi-Fi 7, uses 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz as well as 6 GHz bands, whereas the current Wi-Fi 6/6E (IEEE 802.11 ax) uses 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz only. What this means to the end user is:

Faster Speeds:...

White Papers: Software
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21st Century Engineering, Are We Ready for the Journey?

The first step towards digital engineering and all its benefits begins with model-based systems engineering (MBSE), allowing us to build and optimize systems and components digitally...

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
Researchers have demonstrated a new method that leverages artificial intelligence (AI) and computer simulations to train robotic exoskeletons to autonomously help users save energy while walking, running, and climbing stairs.
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White Papers: Medical
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Beyond Science Fiction: Realizing the Potential of Robotic-Assisted Surgery

This white paper discusses the roots of robotic-assisted surgery (RAS), its milestones, how and why RAS is gaining the public trust and five key technologies for its...

NASA Spinoff: Aerospace
Wireless microphone array quickly, cheaply, accurately maps noise from aircraft and much more.
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5 Ws: Robotics, Automation & Control
A team of researchers at Delft University of Technology has developed a drone that flies autonomously using neuromorphic image processing and control based on the workings of animal brains.
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White Papers: Design
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Advancing Energetics Safety and Performance

When it comes to energetics, failure or malfunctions can be catastrophic to both your company and the end user. With such high stakes, it’s critical that you have a bulletproof inspection method...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
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How High-performance Micrometers Set New Standards in Precision and Versatility

Optical micrometers detect and measure a range of process variables in industrial production, including thickness, gaps, edges, and segments. This article...

Articles: Materials
How do we get to a future of self-replicating, Von Neumann space probes? What are some of the steps required to convert the Asteroid Belt into a partial Dyson Sphere? The answer lies in ISAM or in-space servicing assembly and manufacturing, 3D printing on-orbit, and fully automated, ‘lights-out’ production on-Earth.
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Articles: Materials
It no longer requires the imagination of Arthur C. Clarke to see where the space industry is headed. We need only to look at every other system of vehicles, appreciate the falling technical roadblocks, and observe the regulations and resources environment. It is with confidence that we ask not, “if?” but, “when?” We invite you to consider, “what’s next?” because almost anything becomes possible with the right foundations in place.
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Articles: Design
As new commercial stations enable the creation of in-space factories that leverage microgravity to improve products for use on Earth, large-scale 3D bioprinting will significantly benefit from it.
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NASA Spinoff: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The wrist-worn device astronauts have been using to collect data is going out of production, and the EmbracePlus could address some of the limitations of the previous device, including comfort and connectivity, especially given that the other device doesn’t stream data in real time.
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Videos of the Month: Manufacturing & Prototyping
See the videos of the month, including one on NASA’s Europa Clipper spacecraft; one on the Dragonfly rotorcraft and how it was tested multiple times by Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in wind tunnel facilities; one on a team from Los Alamos National Laboratory going to the Haughton Impact Crater on Devon Island, Canada — a frigid environment similar to Mars; and one on engineers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s Naval Center for Space Technology recently completing robotic payload component level testing.
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Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
The concept of space factories holds immense potential to revolutionize space exploration and benefit humanity on Earth. By leveraging advancements in 3D printing, robotics, and automation, these celestial assembly lines will pave the way for a more sustainable and cost-effective space economy.
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Articles: Aerospace
If we were to live and work in space, it’s essential to change the paradigm of affordable habitats in space and economically accommodate venues ranging from science to farming to entertainment and government applications. Expandable modules have the potential to pave the way for humankind’s off-planet existence, whether on the Moon, Mars, or beyond.
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Blog: Data Acquisition
A University of Pennsylvania team demonstrated memory technology capable of enduring temperatures as high as 600 °C — more than twice the tolerance of any commercial drives on the market — and these characteristics were maintained for more than 60 hours.
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Quiz: RF & Microwave Electronics
How much do you know about unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs)? Test your knowledge with this quiz.
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