Special Coverage

NASA Supercomputer Simulations Reveal 'Noisy' Aerodynamics
Robotic Gripper Cleans Up Space Debris
Soft Robot “Walks” on Any Terrain
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
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
Technique Provides Security for Multi-Robot Systems
Bringing New Vision to Laser Material Processing Systems
NASA Tests Lasers’ Ability to Transmit Data from Space

Breathalyzer Replaces Blood Test

In the future, breathalyzers will not just be used by police checking for alcohol intoxication, but also for testing the condition of athletes, and for people who want to lose weight. When exactly the body begins burning fat can now be determined by analyzing, for example, biomarkers in the blood or urine. Scientists have now developed a method for the real-time monitoring of lipolysis by testing a person’s exhalations during exercise.

Posted in: INSIDER, Data Acquisition, Sensors
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Measuring Volcanic Emissions from Space

Before volcanoes erupt, there are often warning signs. Using remote sensing to detect rising carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide emissions without endangering people or equipment would greatly increase human understanding of volcanoes.

Posted in: INSIDER, Measuring Instruments, Test & Measurement
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New Generation of Fluorescence-Based Sensors

Researchers have designed and tested a series of plasmonic nanoantenna arrays that could lead to the development of a new generation of ultrasensitive and low-cost fluorescence sensors that could be used to monitor water quality.

Posted in: INSIDER, Sensors
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How Software Defined Radios solve challenges of Spectrum Monitoring and real time Direction Finding

As the variety and complexity of communication systems in the modern RF battlefield increase, the need to quickly design, deploy and field upgrade spectrum monitoring and direction finding solutions becomes paramount. Software Defined Radios (SDR) with user programmable FPGAs are uniquely positioned to be the platform that will keep pace with the rapidly changing ecosystem of algorithms and technologies.

Posted in: On-Demand Webinars, RF & Microwave Electronics, Software
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When Stars Collide: LIGO Detects Gravitational Waves from ‘Kilonova’ Light Show

In the galaxy NGC 4993, located approximately 130 million light-years from Earth, two neutron stars collided. And, for the first time, scientists detected the gravitational waves to prove it. They may have even solved the long-standing mystery about the origin of gold and platinum.

Posted in: News, Aeronautics, Imaging, Materials, Optics
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Will the "Create the Future" reactor help power plants reduce their carbon-dioxide emissions?

Developers of a "HI-Light" chemical reactor were awarded top honors in this year’s 'Create the Future' Design Contest. The grand-prize-winning solar thermal device mimics plant photosynthesis and converts carbon dioxide emissions into a clean energy resource.

Lead researcher Elvis Cao envisions the up-scaled reactor alongside power plants, converting a facility's wasted CO2-rich flue gas. What do you think?

Will the "Create the Future" reactor help power plants reduce their carbon-dioxide emissions?

Posted in: Question of the Week, Energy, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy
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Plugging the gaps: Improving your manufacturing leak test with data

Growing expectations for product quality and reliability are making accurate leak testing a challenging but essential requirement on the production line.

Posted in: White Papers, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Test & Measurement
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Creating the Future: An Industrial Robot Climbs to the Top

Petrochemical and liquid gas companies require a regular inspection of a vessel's welds and wall thicknesses — a dangerous task given the hazardous environment. A climbing robot, category winner in the 2017 “Create the Future” Design Contest, is potentially up to the challenge.

Posted in: News, Robotics
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A Modern Electric Bus Fleet: Improving Public Transit with System-Level Modeling

As cities across the world continue to increase in both population and density, public transportation plays a critical role in creating liveable cities. The current adoption of electrified transportation, however, presents a wide array of new challenges that must be carefully considered before these systems are implemented.

Posted in: On-Demand Webinars, Mathematical/Scientific Software, Software
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Sound-Off: How to Repair Parylene Coatings

Conformal coatings like Parylene protect a variety of components, including LEDs, sensors, and circuit card assemblies. If a board component needs to be replaced, however, how easily can the Parylene be removed?

Posted in: News, Coatings & Adhesives, Materials
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