Techs for License
Fast-Charge Technology Finds Battery “Sweet Spot”

A technology recharges batteries in up to one-tenth the time of conventional methods. The device creates conditions within the battery that allow power to be input as fast as the cell can accept the charge. By creating a charging “ecosystem,” the optimum battery charging conditions are...

Techs for License
Technology Produces Electrically Conductive Polyester

New polyester compositions feature desired electrical characteristics without unduly deteriorating the other valued melt viscosity, processing, and shaped article properties. The electrically conductive polyester has strong conductivity at low carbon black loading. The use of carbon black...

Tech Needs
Friction Reduction of Steel Surfaces

A global organization needs innovative technologies that will decrease the surface friction between steel surfaces. Thin, 0.2-mm steel components must come into shear contact with each other, resulting in slip, wear, and heat. The components are lubricated to reduce friction. Any proposed solution must have...

Tech Needs
Improved Efficiency of Jet Engines

By minimizing the distance between the rotating vanes of a turbine and the static case structure housing the rotating blades, a client seeks to improve the efficiency of jet engines. Eliminating system leakage is essential to providing the most amount of energy for the lowest cost. The compressor fans of a...

NASA Tech Needs
Aeronautics Test Program

NASA Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC) is one of four NASA centers that supports NASA’s Aeronautics Test Program (ATP). The ATP ensures the long-term availability and health of NASA’s major wind tunnels,...

It’s that time of year when we ask NASA Tech Briefs readers to vote for the annual Readers’ Choice Product of the Year Awards.

Dr. Robert Okojie, Research Electronics Engineer at the NASA Glenn Research Center, develops harsh-environment microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)....

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Dr. Robert Okojie, Research Electronics Engineer, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland OH

Dr. Robert Okojie, Research Electronics Engineer at the NASA Glenn Research Center, develops harsh-environment microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). Okojie currently processes, fabricates, tests, and packages silicon carbide pressure sensors,...

News
Unmanned Aircraft System Offers Real-Time Emergency Data

A project known as SIERRA (Surveillance for Intelligent Emergency Response Robotic Aircraft) integrates small, unmanned aircraft with global positioning systems, environmental data, video and fire-prediction software to give real-time information about where a fire is burning, and where...

News
Algorithm Predicts Likely Car Behavior

Researchers at MIT have devised an algorithm that predicts when an oncoming car is likely to run a red light. Based on parameters such as the vehicle’s deceleration and its distance from a light, the group was able to determine which cars were potential “violators” — those likely to cross into an...

Researchers with DOE’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have engineered the first strains of Escherichia coli bacteria that can digest switchgrass biomass and...

Question of the Week
Will the rover reveal that Mars might once have been hospitable for microbial life — or might even still be conducive to life?

This week's Question: The Curiosity rover, NASA's biggest extraterrestrial explorer, was launched toward Mars last week. The mobile laboratory, 10 feet long by 9 feet wide, will search for evidence that the planet was...

INSIDER Product: Electronics & Computers
Blade Server

NextComputing (Nashua, NH) has announced support for the NVIDIA® Tesla™ C-class GPU computing processors in its NextStream dense streaming blade server, including the recently announced Tesla C2075. At a diminutive 2 rack...

INSIDER Product: Electronics & Computers
Fanless Mini PC

Stealth.Com Inc. (Stealth Computer) (San Jose, CA) has released the new model LPC-125LPFM, a rugged, small footprint, fanless computer for industrial, Mobile/In-Vehicle and Embedded applications. Stealth’s fanless mobile PC...

INSIDER Product: Electronics & Computers
PC/104-Plus and EPIC SBCs

ADLINK Technology (San Jose, CA) has released its latest Ampro by ADLINK™ Extreme Rugged™ CoreModule® 720 PC/104-Plus single board computer (SBC) with Intel® Atom™ Processor E600 Series and Rugged...

INSIDER Product: Electronics & Computers
Servo Drive

Portescap’s (West Chester, PA) LVD is a high-performance low-voltage servo drive, designed to support small and large Brushed DC or Brushless motors. Packed in a high power-density package, LVD is powered from a supply voltage...

A lighter, greener, cheaper, longer-lasting battery. Who wouldn’t want that?

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers
Graphene Could Replace Copper in IC Interconnects

As new generations of computer chips continue to shrink in size, so do the copper pathways that transport electricity and information around the labyrinth of transistors and components. When...

Pyrite - or “fool’s gold” - has recently helped researchers at Oregon State University discover related compounds that offer new, cheap, and promising options for solar energy. These new...

Articles: Imaging
New Video Documents Three-Year Trek by Mars Rover

A new video compiles 309 images taken by NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, providing an historic record of a three-year trek that totaled about 13 miles across a Martian plain pocked with smaller craters.

While Opportunity was traveling from Victoria crater to Endeavour crater,...

News
Army Tests New Water and Fuel Bladders for Airdrop

Army paratroopers completed two of three test drops to certify a new water and fuel container system for airdrops in Afghanistan and elsewhere. Each drop of two Lifeliner container-unitized bulk equipment, or CUBEs, delivered hundreds of gallons of water safely to the ground under dual,...

News
Air Force Develops “Snubber” to Prevent Engine Damage

A $35 "snubber" developed by the Air Force Research Lab’s Propulsion Directorate, is a vibration damper that will prevent cracks in the J-seal on the F-119's engine inlet case, a spoked, ring-like device that helps control the air going into the engine.

News
Flight Control Software Helps Pilots Stick Landings on Carrier Decks

Select pilots early next year will begin testing new flight control software, funded in part by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), intended to facilitate aircraft landings on Navy carrier decks with unprecedented accuracy.

Pilots performing carrier landings today line...

News
Hypothesis Challenges Conductivity at the Interface of Complex Oxides

To improve electronic devices, scientists are on the hunt for new semiconductor materials, which control the flow of electricity. A group of scientists were recently surprised to find the interface of two particular complex oxides — the polar lanthanum chromium oxide,...

News
Integrated Semiconductor Nanowires Improve Solar Cell Production

Tiny wires could help engineers realize high-performance solar cells and other electronics, according to University of Illinois researchers. The research group, led by electrical and computer engineering professor Xiuling Li, developed a technique to integrate compound...

News: Green Design & Manufacturing
Is Sustainability Science a Legitimate Science?

Creating a scientific field just out of societal and policy need is a bold concept. But Los Alamos National Laboratory and Indiana University researchers say that for the emerging field of sustainability science - sorting among theoretical and applied scientific disciplines, making sense of...

News
Single-Mode LED Offers Energy-Efficient Nanoscale Data Transmission

A team at Stanford’s School of Engineering has demonstrated an ultrafast nanoscale light-emitting diode (LED) that is orders of magnitude lower in power consumption than today’s laser-based systems and is able to transmit data at the rapid rate of 10 billion bits per second....

News
New Material Enhances Solar, Computers, Lighting Applications

Arizona State University researchers have created a new compound crystal material, called erbium chloride silicate, that can be used to develop the next generation of computers, improve the capabilities of the Internet, increase the efficiency of silicon-based photovoltaic cells to...

As the market for liquid crystal displays and other electronics continues to drive up the price of indium — the material used to make the indium tin oxide (ITO) transparent...

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Protecting Power Electronics from EM and RF Interference

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Vehicle Electrification

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The Evolution of SOSA

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Next-Gen Vehicle Architectures and the Role of HPCs

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Testing Home Healthcare Medical Devices

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Accelerating Pre-Silicon Software Development with Next-Gen...

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