Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Once triggered, the enzyme-embedded plastics self-destruct, completely degrading and eliminating microplastics in days.
UpFront: Materials
How to be a NASA intern; a new ideas for moon fabrics; and NASA's need for a better rover.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Freetouch turns a smartphone into a touchscreen remote control.
Articles: RF & Microwave Electronics
Nanotube fibers that turn heat to power; a NASA antenna system; and an antimicrobial coating.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The design may enable miniature zoom lenses for drones, cellphones, or night-vision goggles.
Briefs: Energy
The optically powered machines self-assemble and could be used for nanoscale manipulation of tiny cargo.
Products: Electronics & Computers
Dinkle International offers universal interface modules for connecting equipment signals to I/O modules.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed an optical amplifier that they expect will revolutionize both space and fiber communication.
Briefs: Imaging
Scientists are working to improve the image resolution of X-ray techniques.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The comb detects even the smallest amounts of greenhouse gases in the air or look for disease in human breath.
Special Reports: RF & Microwave Electronics
Rugged Computing & Electronics - November 2021

From the battlefield to the oceans to the extremes of space, electronics and computing advances enable missions in the harshest conditions. To help you keep pace with the latest developments, we...

Blog: Transportation
One EV design is bring power out toward the wheel. But is the design here to stay? A Tech Briefs reader asks an expert at SAE.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
See leading manufacturers in a variety of sensor topic areas, including radar and encoders.
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
Forget puzzles — In the early days of quarantine, Notre Dame professor and robotics engineer Yasemin Ozkan-Aydin used the time at home to put together robots.
INSIDER: Software

Future Army missions will have autonomous agents, such as robots, embedded in human teams making decisions in the physical world. One major challenge toward this goal is maintaining performance...

White Papers: Research Lab
Control Under Pressure

Biomedical and life science applications depend on precise, repeatable liquid handling. Pressure-controlled liquid dispensing systems provide a simple, quick and cost-effective way to dose nanoliter- to...

Question of the Week: Design
Will Coatings Reduce Food Waste?

Today’s lead story highlighted an egg-based coating that extends the shelf life of fruits and vegetables.

White Papers: Electronics & Computers
Get the Inside Story on Customized Sensor Solutions from Wells Engineered Products

Wells Engineered Products provides both off-the-shelf and customized precision engine management and power control products for a wide variety of vehicle...

White Papers: Transportation
Measuring Color in Automotive Interiors

While the exterior of the car may be the first thing you see, the interior of the vehicle is where your driving experience starts. The interior design and color of a car is central to the consumer's...

Blog: Materials
A micron-thick coating, made largely from leftover eggs, can extend the shelf life of the fruits and vegetables in your refrigerator.
Blog: Imaging
Tech Briefs readers ask two industry experts about the effectiveness of CT scans when you want a deeper look at a battery.
Question of the Week: Energy
Will We Use Solar to Power Our Devices Indoors?

Solar or photovoltaic (PV) cells fixed to roofs convert sunlight into electricity. An October Tech Brief highlighted a spin on this traditional idea of solar.

Blog: Energy
Christopher Borroni-Bird and his team want to make an "e-kit" that provides a boost to wheelbarrows, bikes, and other non-motorized vehicles.
Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Long-haul trucking may be the best candidate for hydrogen power. An industry expert tells us when we can expect more hydrogen fuel cells on the highway.
White Papers: Automotive
Process Control Significantly Reduces Cycle Time and Delivery Delays for Automotive Parts Manufacturer

Officine Meccaniche (OMG) manufactures high-tech mechanical parts and subassemblies for cars, vans, trucks, and tractors. Its extensive...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
Testing Windshield Glass to Ensure High-Quality Head-up Displays

Automotive head-up displays (HUD) project virtual images onto the windshield that are visualized through the glass at a perceived distance of several meters. This enables...

Question of the Week: Green Design & Manufacturing
Will Technology Help to Reduce Plastic Pollution?

Our October Q&A in Tech Briefs highlighted an achievement from Professor Aaron Sadow of Ames Laboratory in Iowa. Sadow’s chemical process produces valuable biodegradable chemicals from discarded plastics, which are then used as surfactants and detergents in a range of applications.

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Orchestrating Automotive Product Development and Operations

Technological progress is accompanied by change. Organizations must adapt both product development and operational workflows. Having process models, at the level of detail to allow...