Application Briefs: Lighting

Branded Cities Network (“BCN”), a division of Phoenix, AZbased EL Media Holdings USA, LLC, announced an exclusive representation agreement to sell digital advertising and integrated...

Products: Lighting

LEDnovation (Tampa, FL) has expanded its EnhanceLite® MR16-35L Landscape line to include a 24° narrow-flood beam angle. The MR16-35Ls are comparable replacements for 35-watt halogen lamps. Designed for use in IP66 rated outdoor...

Products: Lighting

Power Integrations (San Jose, CA) has announced an LED-driver reference design for high-power LED bulb replacement. The driver delivers the power required for a 100W incandescent bulb replacement in an A19 form factor. The...

Products: Lighting

TE Circuit Protection (Menlo Park, CA), a business unit of TE Connectivity, has announced AC-rated and DC-rated Reflowable Thermal Protection (RTP) devices, which feature a temperature open (Topen) value of 140°C....

Products: Lighting

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) has introduced a new LED controller with constant power regulation. The LM3447 AC/DC LED driver includes a dimmer detect, phase decoder and adjustable hold current circuits to provide...

Products: Lighting

MaxLite® (West Caldwell, NJ) has introduced a number of new outdoor LED fixtures. New additions to the company’s exterior lighting line will include: induction lighting; small LED floods; LED parking area lights and large...

Products: Lighting

Evonik Cyro LLC (Parsippany, NJ) recently announced the launch of ACRYLITE® LED, molding and extrusion compounds designed specifically for LED lighting applications. By offering ACRYLITE® LED in both...

Products: Lighting

The EcoSpec Floodlight Wash from EcoSense (New York, NY) is an ultra-bright white light fixture designed for indoor and outdoor architectural use. Like all EcoSense fixtures, the EcoSpec Floodlight Wash is RoHS...

Products: Lighting

Albeo Technologies (Boulder, CO) recently announced that its H-Series LED high bay is now fully listed on the DesignLights Consortium (DLC) Qualified Products List (QPL). The consortium is the premier agency for...

Products: Lighting

Thomas Research Products (Huntley, IL) has released a revised and expanded version of its LED driver catalog. The extensive line of LED drivers listed in the catalog range from 12 through 300 watts. Constant-current,...

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Steve Gaddis, Program Director for NASA Space Technology's Game Changing Development Office, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA

Steve Gaddis runs the newly created Game Changing Technology Development Program Office. Gaddis leads the program’s efforts to develop innovative technologies that will revolutionize space...

Briefs: Software

If carmakers could reduce the number, size, and weight of the components in there, better fuel economy would result. A case in point is the design and...

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Smart Filter Uses Gravity to Separate Oil and Water

A smart filter with a shape-shifting surface can separate oil and water using gravity alone, an advancement that could be useful in cleaning up environmental oil spills, among other applications. The researchers created a filter coating that repels oil but attracts water, bucking conventional...

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Researchers Engineer Light-Activated Skeletal Muscle

Scientists at MIT and the University of Pennsylvania are taking more than inspiration from nature — they’re taking ingredients. The group has genetically engineered muscle cells to flex in response to light, and is using the light-sensitive tissue to build highly articulated robots. This...

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Would You Wear a "Smart" Wristwatch?

Smartphone capabilities have extended, even to the wristwatch. Companies like Apple, Nike, Sony, as well as other startups, have created new wrist devices that connect to an individual’s smartphone. Most display the time, but the bands also provide information that keeps users from having to take out their...

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2D Materials Self-Assemble into 3D When Exposed to Light

A multi-university research team led by North Carolina State University will be developing methods to create two-dimensional (2-D) materials capable of folding themselves into three-dimensional (3-D) objects when exposed to light. The effort, which is funded by a grant from the National...

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Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines Could Transform Offshore Wind Technology

Sandia National Laboratories wind energy researchers are re-evaluating vertical axis wind turbines (VAWTs) to help solve some of the problems of generating energy from offshore breezes. Though VAWTs have been around since the earliest days of wind energy research at Sandia and...

News: Green Design & Manufacturing

The accuracy of a new model for predicting the size of a key barrier to fusion power, which was developed by physicist Robert Goldston of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton...

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Interactive Air Force Simulator Enhances Training for Remotely Piloted Aircraft

A significant milestone for remotely piloted aircraft was ushered in with the first student sortie in an innovative T-6 Texan II simulator. The new setup has dramatically increased the ability to train remotely piloted aircraft pilots, and the ingenuity behind the...

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Army Developing New Aircraft Maintenance Technologies

Researchers at the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) are testing new technologies it created for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that could give commercial and military maintenance programs earlier warning of problems. Condition-based maintenance, known as CBM, will get safer aircraft...

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Remotely Piloted X-48C Makes Successful First Flight

The remotely piloted X-48C aircraft successfully flew for the first time on August 7 at Edwards Air Force Base in California's Mojave Desert.

News: Energy

Researchers from the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) at the University of Southampton have devised a novel method for forming virtual power plants...

Question of the Week
Do Personalized Learning Methods Show Promise in Remaking Education?

As the school season arrives, an increasing number of students will be studying through Internet-based systems. An NYC-based company called Knewton, for example, uses an adaptive learning technique that tracks learners' progress and shadows their online activities as they work....

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New Algorithms Guide Autonomous Robotic Plane

New algorithms allow an autonomous robotic plane to dodge obstacles in a subterranean parking garage, without the use of GPS.

Because autonomous plane navigation in confined spaces is difficult, the MIT team is providing the plane with an accurate digital map of its environment.

The plane...

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Modular Robotic Hand Mimics Human Capabilities

Sandia National Laboratories has developed a cost-effective robotic hand that can be used in disarming improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. The technology is dexterous enough to mimic human capabilities.

The Sandia Hand is modular, so different types of fingers can be attached with magnets and...

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Mechanical Engineers Develop an Intelligent Co-Pilot for Cars

A driver remotely steers a modified vehicle through an obstacle course from a nearby location as a researcher looks on. Occasionally, the researcher instructs the driver to keep the wheel straight — a trajectory that appears to put the vehicle on a collision course with a barrel....

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Office of Naval Research Sensors and Software Hunt Down Suspect Boats

A new sensor and software suite sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) recently returned from West Africa after helping partner nations track and identify target vessels of interest as part of an international maritime security operation. Researchers deployed the...

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Sharing Data Links in Networks of Cars

Ford Motor Co. expects that by 2015, 80 percent of the cars it sells in North America will have Wi-Fi built in. Two Wi-Fi-equipped cars sitting at a stoplight could exchange information free of charge, but if they wanted to send that information to the Internet, they’d probably have to use a paid service...

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Resilient 'Meshworm' Robot Stretches and Contracts with Heat

Researchers at MIT, Harvard University and Seoul National University have engineered a soft autonomous robot that moves via peristalsis, crawling across surfaces by contracting segments of its body, much like an earthworm. The robot, made almost entirely of soft materials, is...

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