July 2007

Tech Needs
Maintain Food Crispiness from Freezer Storage to Microwave Preparation

Methods are sought to replicate the texture of crunchy food in a convenience food stored in a freezer and prepared in a microwave oven. All ingredient-based solutions must be GRAS (generally recognized as safe) for human consumption. Cost must be within 1 to 2 cents per pound...

A method of removing endotoxins and other biologically active organic compounds from the surfaces of solid objects is based on exposure of the objects to monatomic oxygen generated in...

Techs for License
Reusable, Dry Adhesive Material Utilizing Vertically Aligned Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube Array

A novel dry adhesive is being developed that can mimic the hairs on a gecko's foot using vertically aligned multiwalled carbon nanotube (CNT) array. The use of CNT array as dry adhesive material allows reproducing biological adhesion structures and...

Techs for License
Reusable Adhesive Thermal Interface Material (TIM) To Improve the Contact Thermal Conductance

Current TIM technologies include thermal greases or pastes, phase change materials, solders and thermally conductive adhesive tapes. The thermal conductivity of the best thermal greases available in the market are on the order of 10^5 W/m^2 -K. However,...

Techs for License
Opportunity to Collaborate in a New CNT Array Adhesion Tape

A US government funded company is seeking industry support for further testing and development of its carbon nanotube (CNT) adhesive. The time frame for testing is the 3th quarter of 2007.

Techs for License
Multi-Purpose Split-Duct System for Cables

The cable industry uses cylindrical one-piece ducting, but installing cables in such a duct is labor-intensive, difficult, time-consuming, and expensive. This split-duct system features a patented extrusion manufactured from highimpact ABS plastic. The duct sections are hinged together along a...

Techs for License
Method of Making Textile Articles Impregnated with Predetermined Levels of Antibacterial Activity

This invention is a method for impregnating textiles with a predetermined amount of durable antibacterial materials (inorganic compound). BacterProof™ is a patented method for embedding an inorganic compound that kills both grampositive and...

For the last forty years, manufacturing technology for diffraction gratings has not changed significantly. Mechanical ruling and interferometric...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
InGaAs SWIR Imagers Optimize Semiconductor Inspection

As the volume of consumer electronics increases, semiconductor fabrication plants are manufacturing larger and larger wafers to handle the demand (e.g., 300 mm substrates). The escalating...

An improved method has been devised for controlling the DC bias applied to an electro-optical crystal that is part of a Mach-Zehnder modulator that generates low-duty-cycle optical...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Fiber-Optic Strain Gauge With High Resolution And Update Rate

An improved fiber-optic strain gauge is capable of measuring strains in the approximate range of 0 to 50 microstrains with a resolution of 0.1 microstrain. (To some extent, the resolution of the strain gauge can be tailored and may be extensible to 0.01 microstrain.) The total cost of...

Agilent Technologies (Santa Clara, CA) has introduced the N4917A optical receiver stress test set to provide repeatable conformance and characterization test results. The design allows...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Fiber Optical Switches

Laser Components IG (Hudson, NH) has introduced a series of fiber optical switches with core diameters of up to 600 μm. The "mol 1×N" and "mol 2×N" feature switching times of two milliseconds and low signal loss...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Positioning and Scanning System

The P-363 PicoCubeTM positioning and scanning system from PI L.P. (Auburn, MA) is designed to provide ultra-high resolution and positional stability together with its E-536 driver/controller....

Products: Photonics/Optics
LED Backlighting

CI Lumen Industries (Hauppauge, NY) has introduced a light-emitting-diode (LED) backlighting solution for display panels. The technology, applicable for military or industrial end-uses, conserves power, features...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Diode Laser

Point Source (Hamble, UK) offers a 20-mW blue diode laser with a TEM00 true Gaussian beam, a higher power version of their range of iFLEX2000TM fiber-coupled lasers. The laser beam conditioning is performed...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Raman Spectrometer

The SE1000 Raman spectrometer from Mesophotonics (Southampton, UK) allows users to perform non-invasive, non-destructive analysis of materials with no sample preparation. The technique reports information on the molecular...

Products: Photonics/Optics
CCD Cameras

Lumenera Corp. (Ottawa, Canada) released the Lm family of mini-CCD USB 2.0 cameras for industrial markets. The Lm075, Lm135, and Lm165 function in low light conditions and where space is restricted. The cameras measure 44 × 44...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Pulsed Solid-State Laser

The TruPulse laser from TRUMPF (Farmington, CT) is a pulsed solid-state laser that allows the average power to be briefly exceeded and increases the pulse frequency. The product range is based on a modular supply...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Portable Microscope/Camera

Aven (Ann Arbor, MI) offers the iLoupeTM, a portable digital-field microscope/camera. The microscope aspect is constructed by attaching the removable microscopic module, which features lens...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Scintillation Crystals

SAES Getters Group (Liante, Italy) has introduced the Lu(Y)AP scintillation crystal for next-generation Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanners. The Lu(Y)AP scintillation material features improved energy resolution, a decay time of 20 ns, and high stopping power and temperature performance for use in medical imaging...

Articles: Electronics & Computers
Embedded Security: Down to the Silicon

Embedded applications are increasingly going online. With the introduction of new embedded technologies that utilize a wide variety of communications options from Ethernet to Wi-Fi and ZigBee, there is...

Articles: Electronics & Computers
Next-Gen Networks Drive AdvancedTCA Deployments

The evolution of technology and the never-ending thirst for higher bandwidth from industries and applications are pushing the limits of existing standards. The latest processors run faster and...

Articles: Electronics & Computers
Secure Your Embedded Wireless Network

Connecting devices like medical instruments, weigh scales, printers, sensors, and other embedded devices to wireless networks allows the user to gain unprecedented freedom and mobility without the need...

Increasingly dependent on continuous video monitoring and recording, even today's more sophisticated security surveillance systems are often plagued by reliability...

Products: Electronics & Computers
UDE 2.0.7 and UAD2 Debug Tools for Microcontrollers

A debug tool specially tailored to support the individual features of Infineon's new scalable XC2200 microcontoller family was recently released by PLS Development Tools (San Jose, CA)....

ERNI Electronics (Midlothian, VA) offers a portfolio of connectors from its unshrouded header system series (STL family). The singleor double-row versions are available in many...

Products: Electronics & Computers
16-bit A/D Transient Recorder PCI Cards

Strategic Test (Woburn, MA) has released six new Transient Recorder cards in the UF2- 4700 series. Using multiple 16-bit ADC's for true simultaneous sampling, the UF2-4700 cards are available with a...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Single-Board Computer Delivers High-Performance I/O

Mosaic Industries (Newark, CA) has released the PDQ Board™, a compact I/O-rich single board computer. The PDQ Board™ includes 1 megabyte of memory, a Motorola 68HCS12 processor,...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Lead-Free Solder Paste for Varying Manufacturing Climates

Multicore® LF600, a halide-free, no-clean Pb-free solder paste from Henkel (Düsseldorf, Germany), has been designed for humidity-resistance, making it best suited for varying manufacturing climates. Its formula allows for printing and reflow performance in regions where...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Quality Checking Software for RINEX Data

Leica Geosystems (St. Gallen, Switzerland) has introduced GNSS QC Version 1.3 (V1.3- Windows® Vista® compatible), a stand-alone software that runs alongside Leica GPS Spider or similar...

Products: Electronics & Computers
RGB/DVI/Video Converter Boards for TFT LCDs

The new PRISMA II series of RGB/DVI/ Video Converter Boards from Apollo Display Technologies (Ronkonkoma, NY) provides a range of solutions with analog control for connecting TFT LCDs to standard...

LitePoint (Sunnyvale. CA) has released the IQfact manufacturing test software for WiMAX products based on Wavesat chipsets. This turnkey software package runs on IQmax-500...

Products: Electronics & Computers
JEDEC-Compliant Double-Data-Rate-Configurable Integrated Register Device

Inphi® (Westlake Village, CA) released the INSSTE32882, a JEDEC compliant Double Data Rate (DDR3) Configurable Integrated Register device from the Inphi ExacTik® Family of timing devices. The INSSTE32882 supports all existing DDR3- 800, DDR3-1066, and DDR3-1333...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Mini PCI Fieldbus Cards for Industrial PCs

Beckhoff Automation (Verl, Germany) has released Mini PCI fieldbus cards for PROFIBUS, CANopen, DeviceNet and Ethernet networks. With the Mini PC cards, the newest Beckhoff Industrial PCs, including...

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Origin 8

OriginLab Corp., Northampton, MA, has announced Origin 8 Windows-based data analysis and graphing software that operates around a revamped workbook space, which allows results of an analysis to be placed into a worksheet within a...

NASA plans to return to the Moon by 2020. For a sustained lunar presence, however, astronauts need habitats that can support them and their experments. To this end,...

Selecting power source technology for mission critical devices is crucial to ensure success. Whether it is a monitor at the bottom of the ocean, a drill system at 30,000 feet...

Application Briefs: Energy
Power Complex Protects NASA Test Equipment
Centralized Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
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Fairfax, VA
703-968-0300
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NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis, MS, is...

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The High Lakes Project (HLP) is funded by a grant from...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Miniature Intelligent Sensor Module

An electronic unit denoted the Miniature Intelligent Sensor Module performs sensor signal conditioning functions and local processing of sensor data. The unit includes four channels of analog input/output circuitry, a processor, volatile and nonvolatile memory, and two Ethernet communication ports, all housed...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
“Smart” Sensor Module

An assembly that contains a sensor, sensor signal conditioning circuitry, a sensor-readout analog-to-digital converter (ADC), data-storage circuitry, and a microprocessor that runs special-purpose software and...

A small, lightweight, portable apparatus based on an electrochemical sensing principle has been developed for monitoring low concentrations of ethylene in air. Ethylene has long been...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Flight Qualified Micro Sun Sensor

A prototype small, lightweight micro Sun sensor (MSS) has been flight qualified as part of the attitude- determination system of a spacecraft or for Mars surface operations. The MSS has previously been...

A generic design and a corresponding operating sequence have been developed for increasing the linear-response dynamic range of a complementary metal oxide/semiconductor (CMOS) image...

Norbornene-based polymers have shown promise as solid electrolytes for lithium-based rechargeable electrochemical cells. These polymers are characterized as single-ion conductors.

Briefs: Materials
Making Single-Source Precursors of Ternary Semiconductors

&A synthesis route has been developed for the commercial manufacture of single- source precursors of chalcopyrite semiconductor absorber layers of thin-film solar photovoltaic cells. The semiconductors in question are denoted by the general formula...

Poly-4 -vinylpyridinebisulfate (P4VPBS) is a polymeric salt that has shown promise as a water-free proton-conducting material (solid electrolyte) suitable for use in membrane/electrode...

An all-solid-state diffusion bonding process that exploits the eutectoid reaction between molybdenum and titanium has been developed for use in fabricating thermoelectric devices...

It has been proposed to install a symmetrical array of photodetectors about the center of the mask of a coronagraph of the type used to search for planets orbiting remote stars. The...

High-energy-density primary (nonrechargeable) electrochemical cells capable of relatively high discharge currents at temperatures as low as –40 °C have been developed through...

An analysis of a patented generic silicon-on-insulator (SOI) electronic device called a G4-FET has revealed that the device could be designed to function as a universal and...

During a vehicle's braking action, a wheel's kinetic energy is transformed into heat, which doesn't dissipate fast enough into the air stream from the brake...

A method of fabricating channels having widths of tens of nanometers in silicon substrates and burying the channels under overlying layers of dielectric materials has been...

A proposed special-purpose infrared imaging system would be a compact, portable, less-expensive alternative to functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) systems heretofore used to study...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Diamond Smoothing Tools

Diamond smoothing tools have been proposed for use in conjunction with diamond cutting tools that are used in many finish-machining operations. Diamond machining (including finishing) is often used, for example, in fabrication of precise metal mirrors.

A method of cleaning the mode spectra of whispering - gallery - mode (WGM) optical resonators has been devised to make such resonators more suitable for use as narrow-band optical...

A device that includes a rectangular-waveguide / slot-antenna structure and permanent magnets has been devised as a means of generating a substantially uniform plasma over a...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Large-Area Permanent-Magnet ECR Plasma Source

A 40-cm-diameter plasma device has been developed as a source of ions for material-processing and ion-thruster applications. Like the device described in the immediately preceding article, this device utilizes electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) excited by microwave power in a magnetic field to...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Broadband Achromatic Telecentric Lens

A new type of lens design features broadband achromatic performance as well as telecentricity, using a minimum number of spherical elements. With appropriate modifications, the lens design form can be tailored to cover the range of response of the focal-plane array, from Si (400–1,000 nm) to InGaAs...

An improved correction has been developed to increase the accuracy with which certain formulations of computational fluid dynamics predict mixing in shear layers of hot jet flows....

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Mars-Approach Navigation Using In Situ Orbiters

A document discusses the continuing development of a navigation system that would enable a spacecraft to approach Mars on a trajectory precise enough to enable the spacecraft to land within 1 km of a specified location on the Martian surface. This degree of accuracy would represent an...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Efficient Optimization of Low-Thrust Spacecraft Trajectories

A paper describes a computationally efficient method of optimizing trajectories of spacecraft driven by propulsion systems that generate low thrusts and, hence, must be operated for long times. A common goal in trajectory-optimization problems is to find minimum-time, minimum-fuel, or...

A method of automated design of complex, modular robots involves an evolutionary process in which generative representations of designs are used. The term "generative representations"...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Cylindrical Asymmetrical Capacitors for Use in Outer Space

A report proposes that cylindrical asymmetrical capacitors (CACs) be used to generate small thrusts for precise maneuvering of spacecraft on long missions. The report notes that it has been known for decades that when high voltages are applied to CACs in air, thrusts are generated —...

Briefs: Information Technology
Protecting Against Faults in JPL Spacecraft

A paper discusses techniques for protecting against faults in spacecraft designed and operated by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The paper addresses, more specifically, faultprotection requirements and techniques common to most JPL spacecraft (in contradistinction to unique, mission specific...

Briefs: Information Technology
Enhanced Elliptic Grid Generation

An enhanced method of elliptic grid generation has been invented. Whereas prior methods require user input of certain grid parameters, this method provides for these parameters to be determined...

Briefs: Information Technology
Automated Knowledge Discovery From Simulators

A computational method, SimLearn, has been devised to facilitate efficient knowledge discovery from simulators. Simulators are complex computer programs used in science and engineering to model diverse phenomena such as fluid flow, gravitational interactions, coupled mechanical systems, and nuclear,...

Tech Needs
Orthobiologics to Treat Spine-Related Diseases

This organization seeks new orthobiologic technologies that stimulate bone growth, provide a growth scaffolding, and promote bone healing through osteoinduction (bone formation is actively induced) and osteoconduction (where a scaffold facilitates bone repair passively) in spinal fusion repairs....

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Algorithm Optimally Allocates Actuation of a Spacecraft

A report presents an algorithm that solves the following problem: Allocate the force and/or torque to be exerted by each thruster and reaction-wheel assembly on a spacecraft for best performance, defined as minimizing the error between (1) the total force and torque commanded by the...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Radar Interferometer for Topographic Mapping of Glaciers and Ice Sheets

A report discusses Ka-band (35-GHz) radar for mapping the surface topography of glaciers and ice sheets at high spatial resolution and high vertical accuracy, independent of cloud cover, with a swath-width of 70 km. The system is a single-pass, single-platform...

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Have a Screw Loose?

Inspired by the device used to find lost coins in the sand, Johns Hopkins University biomedical engineering students have invented a small handheld metal detector to help doctors locate hidden orthopedic screws that need to be removed from patients' bodies. The device emits a tone that rises in pitch as the surgeon moves...

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Technology Business Briefs
Novel Nano-Structured Concept for Thermal Protection System

Lightweight carbon-carbon (C/C) composites produced by pressure-assisted co-polymerization of carbon fibers, hydrocarbons and fullerenes have excellent mechanical properties and high thermal stability that make them ideal for thermal protection applications....

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Current Attractions

Embedded Technology (ET) magazine features board-level electronics and COTS solutions for design engineers, as well as a variety of product offerings.

Embedded applications and technologies that use various communications options such as ZigBee and WiFi need to be secured against the same problems inherent in any other...

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New ET Advertisers

This monthly review lets you "meet" the new advertisers appearing in Embedded Technology. Here's a sneak peek at the products, services, and offers available from July's first-time advertisers:

Tri-M Engineering (Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada) offers the HE104+DX 108-watt high-efficiency PC/104+ power supply with a 6V to...

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Transparent Transistors

Researchers at Purdue University's Birck Nanotechnology Center have used nanotechnology to create transparent transistors and circuits, a step that promises applications from e-paper and flexible color screens for consumer electronics, to "smart cards" and heads-up displays in auto windshields. The transistors are made of...

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Techs of the Week

An electromagnetic actuator is a highly sensitive motion control device that employs more reliable and cleaner electromagnetic technologies to replace slower, less precise, larger, noisier, and environmentally unfriendly hydraulic omponents. This patented technology uses an armature in the form of a piston that moves on its own...

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Current Attractions

Origin 8 Windows-based data analysis and graphing software from OriginLab Corp., Northampton, MA, has been named NTB's Product of the Month for July. The software operates around a revamped workbook space, which allows results of an analysis to be placed into a worksheet within the raw data's workbook. Parameter values,...

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Battlefield Robots

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking proposals for LANdroids -- a fleet of miniature, intelligent mobile robots that will aid military communications in urban settings. The goal is to create small, inexpensive robotic radio relay nodes that dismounted warfighters will drop as they deploy. The nodes...

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A Magnetic Invention

University of California, Riverside nanotechnologists have controlled the color of very small particles of iron oxide suspended in water simply by applying an external magnetic field to the solution. The discovery has potential to greatly improve the quality and size of electronic display screens and to enable the...

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Technology Business Needs and Briefs

High Stress Compatible Fiberglass Fabric for Sewn Applications

The Johns Manville Company invites proposals for improved performance concepts in high-stress applications of non-woven fiberglass.

Advanced Pattern Recognition Technologies

These sensors, algorithms, neural network systems,...

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Current Attractions

Technology for manufacturing diffraction gratings for spectrometry has not changed significantly in the past 40 years. But, according to Dr. Christoph M. Greiner of LightSmyth Technologies, that has changed thanks to deep-ultraviolet (DUV) reduction photolithography. In a feature article in the July issue of Photonics Tech...

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Product of the Month

The N4917A optical receiver stress test set from Agilent Technologies (Santa Clara, CA) has been named PTB's Product of the Month for July. It provides repeatable conformance and characterization test results, and allows users to accurately characterize and verify standard conformance of receiver optical subassemblies and...

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Create & Win

The 2007 Create the Future Design Contest, presented by SolidWorks Corp. and NASA Tech Briefs, is now open. Youíre invited to submit your innovative design ideas in the following categories:

- Machinery, Equipment, and Component Technology

- Consumer Products

- Medical

- Safety and Security

...

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Techs of the Week

A solid-state oxygen microsensor measures the potential difference (EMF) generated by two electrodes deposited on a solid oxygen-ion-conducting electrolyte and located in a known and preferably constant temperature gradient in the same ambient atmosphere. The microsensor is used for combustion systems to maintain and improve...

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Current Attractions

Each month, NTB highlights tech briefs related to a particular area of technology in a special section called Technology Focus. Here are some of the technologies featured in the July issue focus on Sensors.

"Smart" Sensor Module

Stennis Space Center has developed an assembly that contains a sensor, signal...

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Smart Suits

In the near future, you may get up in the morning, put on a "smart" T-shirt, and automatically have your health monitored. When it's dirty, the shirt gets washed or dry-cleaned. Researchers from the University of South Australia have developed smart garments with tiny embedded electronics that can monitor your heart or respiratory...

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New Cancer Treatment

Biomedical engineers at Virginia Tech and the University of California Berkeley have developed a new minimally invasive method of treating cancer, and they anticipate clinical trials on individuals with prostate cancer will begin soon. The process is called irreversible electroporation (IRE). Electroporation is a phenomenon...

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Tech Needs of the Week

A small-scale enterprise is in need of mechanized processes and technologies designed for biological pre-processing (pre-conditioning) of basic wastes prior to composting with worms. The methods and equipment should be efficient, environmentally acceptable, ensure high performance, and be previously tested in practice....

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Engineered Blood Vessels

Blood vessels that have been tissue-engineered from bone marrow adult stem cells may serve as a patient's source of new blood vessels following a coronary bypass or other procedures that require vessel replacement. A team of researchers from the University at Buffalo Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering have...

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Innovate and Win!

The 2007 Create the Future Design Contest, presented by SolidWorks Corp. and NASA Tech Briefs, is now open for entries in these categories: Machinery, Equipment, and Component Technology; Consumer Products; Medical; Safety and Security; Transportation; and Sustainable Technologies.

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NASA Tech Briefs Free Webinar
Specialty Lubrication in New Product Design Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 2:00 PM EST

Lubricants are often the forgotten components in the design of moving elements. Last-minute redesign and changes can be avoided by considering lubricant performance needs during the design phase. High-performance equipment...

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Supercomputing On-Demand

At the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego, Caltech computational seismologist Jeroen Tromp can give the public movies that tell the story about earthquakes in a language that's easy to understand, revealing waves of ground motion spreading out from the earthquake. He can...

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Technology Business Briefs
New Method of Agile Reduction of Radar Cross-Section Using Electromagnetic Channelization

This technology will become a more versatile and cost-effective supplement to the existing stealth technology currently deployed. It might turn into the most effective radar defensive technology available for all branches of the...

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Innovate and Win!

The 2007 Create the Future Design Contest, presented by SolidWorks Corp. and NASA Tech Briefs, is open for entries in these categories: Machinery, Equipment, and Component Technology; Consumer Products; Medical; Safety and Security; Transportation; and Sustainable Technologies.

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Bomb-Sniffing Yeast

Researchers at Temple University's School of Medicine have developed a new biosensor that "sniffs out" explosives and could one day be used to detect landmines and deadly agents such as sarin gas. The sensor is made of a genetically engineered yeast strain with mammalian (rat) olfactory-signaling machinery that was...

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Techs of the Week

Powerful atomizers are made using high-output rotary discs with output of 20,000 to 24,000 droplets per second, without altering the droplet size and disc parameters. Assembly of several discs in a row on a rotary shaft produces powerful aviation- and ground-based atomizers. The atomizers can be used in agriculture as an...

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Color By Phone

Hewlett-Packard's HP Labs has developed a color-matching technology that could change the way people shop for products that require color coordination, such as clothing and cosmetics. Consumers use their mobile phones to take pictures of themselves or objects, and then send the pictures to HP servers. Within seconds, the consumer...

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Innovate and Win!

The 2007 Create the Future Design Contest, presented by SolidWorks Corp. and NASA Tech Briefs, is now open for entries in these categories: Machinery, Equipment, and Component Technology; Consumer Products; Medical; Safety and Security; Transportation; and Sustainable Technologies.

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Fashionable Space Travel

Bulky, gas-pressurized spacesuits currently give astronauts a lot of protection, but they weigh about 300 pounds, exerting both mass and pressure that limit mobility. Dava Newman, MIT professor of aeronautics and astronautics, has designed a sleek, form-fitting suit that will allow superior mobility. The spandex and...

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Tech Needs of the Week

Technologies for highly effective personal care products are sought. The products should address niche applications, where the efficacy can be clearly demonstrated. Product areas of interest include skin care, foot care, ear care, sleep disorder remedies, and hair care. Products should ideally be topically applied and...

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A Fantasy Job

Two University of Wisconsin-Madison assistant professors, Erica and Rich Halverson, are studying fantasy sports leagues to understand how expert and novice players approach the game, and what it can teach us about how we learn. Fantasy baseball is the model for a game that Erica calls "competitive fandom," a growing area of...

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Innovate and Win!

The 2007 Create the Future Design Contest, presented by SolidWorks Corp. and NASA Tech Briefs, is now open for entries in these categories: Machinery, Equipment, and Component Technology; Consumer Products; Medical; Safety and Security; Transportation; and Sustainable Technologies.

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Formation of Fear

Researchers from MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory have uncovered a molecular mechanism that governs the formation of fears stemming from traumatic events. The work could lead to the first drug to treat the millions of adults who suffer from debilitating fears, including hundreds of soldiers with post-traumatic...

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Technology Business Briefs

Nanoscale, Robotic Actuators

This technology achieves high work output per unit volume in micro-robotic actuators; in particular, TiNi actuators for powering nano-robotic movement and manipulation of structures at near molecular scale.

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Innovate and Win!

Your unique invention could win you $20,000 or other great prizes. Enter your design idea in the 2007 Create the Future Design Contest, presented by SolidWorks Corp. and NASA Tech Briefs. Entries are being accepted in six categories: Machinery, Equipment, and Component Technology; Consumer Products; Medical; Safety and...

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Transforming Ultrasound

University of Virginia Engineering School researchers have developed an advanced imaging algorithm that provides clearer ultrasound images. The teamís method of signal processing can be used with a range of imaging and sensing systems such as ultrasound, radar, sonar, telecommunications, and some optical imaging...

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Techs of the Week

An eye-movement- tracking system displays a wide-view-angle image while simultaneously displaying a high-resolution image in the vicinity of the viewpoint of the viewer's eye. It is compact enough to be easily mounted on the viewer's head. The wearer can be presented with a highly realistic image even without using monitors...

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NASA News

Molly Brown of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD has created a new method to anticipate food shortages brought on by drought. The model uses data from satellite remote sensing of crop growth and food prices, and could improve the ability for government and humanitarian aid officials to plan and respond to...

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Innovate and Win!

If you have a unique design idea or invention, you could win $20,000 in the 2007 Create the Future Design Contest, presented by SolidWorks Corp. and NASA Tech Briefs. The contest is open for entries in these categories: Machinery, Equipment, and Component Technology; Consumer Products; Medical; Safety and Security;...

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Smart Medical Devices

The qualities that we expect in our cell phones and PDAs -- anytime connection and low-cost, widely available devices -- soon may become common in health-care devices at home and in doctors' offices. The University of Florida (UF) and IBM have developed a new technology that creates a roadmap for widespread commercial...

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Tech Needs of the Week

A manufacturer is looking for a detector array for the infrared region to detect two-dimensional radiation patterns. The sensor should have 1000 x 1000 pixels (or at least 512 x 512 pixels), which are individually addressable. The detector array is comparable to a high-speed CCD chip, but must have high sensitivity in the...

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Coming Attractions

This monthly review lets you "meet" the new advertisers appearing in NTB and its supplements. Here's a sneak peek at the products, services, and offers available from August's first-time advertisers.

Light Machinery (Ottawa, ON, Canada) produces wafers, etalons, prisms, beam splitters, windows, and other flat optic...

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Innovate and Win!

Your unique invention could win you $20,000 or other great prizes in the 2007 Create the Future Design Contest, presented by SolidWorks Corp. and NASA Tech Briefs. Innovative design ideas are being accepted in six categories: Machinery, Equipment, and Component Technology; Consumer Products; Medical; Safety and Security;...

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NASA Tech Briefs Free Webinar
Specialty Lubrication in New Product Design Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 2:00 PM EST

Lubricants are often the forgotten components in the design of moving elements. Last-minute redesign and changes can be avoided by considering lubricant performance needs during the design phase. High-performance equipment...

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NASA News

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, is offering for license its Global Alert Resolution Network (GARNET), an enterprise software application capable of delivering emergency and time-sensitive alerts to affected individuals via a variety of communication channels. Alerts can be delivered within an organization to...

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Technology Business Briefs

Composite Absorptive Fiber Substantively Reduces Bulk

This technology yields an absorbent, composite fiber for use as a cloth, medical dressing, or clothing. It combines a hydrophobic exterior and a hydrophilic interior for use as an absorbent to capture, or as a reservoir to release, liquids.

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Innovate and Win!

Your unique invention could win you $20,000 or other great prizes. Enter your design idea in the 2007 Create the Future Design Contest, presented by SolidWorks Corp. and NASA Tech Briefs. Entries are being accepted in six categories: Machinery, Equipment, and Component Technology; Consumer Products; Medical; Safety and...

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Driving Clean

Researchers at MIT have demonstrated how ordinary spark-ignition car engines can, under certain driving conditions, move into a spark-free operating mode that is more fuel-efficient and cleaner. The new capability could be available in production models within a few years, improving fuel economy by several miles per gallon. Over...

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Techs of the Week

A monolithic silicon nitride ceramic is densified at temperatures lower than 2000 degrees Celsius, and heat-treated at temperatures greater than 2000 degrees Celsius. This monolithic silicon nitride has a highly acicular microstructure and average apparent aspect ratio greater than 1.8. It also offers excellent damage tolerance...

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Coming Attractions

This monthly review lets you "meet" the new advertisers appearing in Defense Tech Briefs (DTB). Here's a sneak peek at the products, services, and offers available from Augustís first-time advertisers.

General Devices Co. (Indianapolis, IN) offers electronic packaging hardware as single components or complete...

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Innovate and Win!

If you have a unique design idea or invention, you could win $20,000 in the 2007 Create the Future Design Contest, presented by SolidWorks Corp. and NASA Tech Briefs. The contest is open for entries in these categories: Machinery, Equipment, and Component Technology; Consumer Products; Medical; Safety and Security;...

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Will Self-Erasing Chips Catch On?

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