Briefs : Materials
Generating Light-Induced Electrical Current in Atomically Thin Nanomaterials
Generating Light-Induced Electrical Current in Atomically Thin Nanomaterials

When hit with light, semiconductors (materials that have an electrical resistance in between that of metals and insulators) generate an electric current....

Generating Light-Induced Electrical Current in Atomically Thin Nanomaterials
Articles : Test & Measurement
NASA at 60: Celebrating Success

Over the past 60 years, NASA scientists and engineers have developed many advanced technologies and processes. But NASA has also partnered with industry, using commercially available products to complete its missions. Here, some of those companies join NASA in celebrating these collaborative successes.

Articles : Test & Measurement
NASA at 60: From Space to Earth
NASA at 60: From Space to Earth

The benefits of NASA's space exploration efforts are not limited to the cosmos. NASA technologies provide innovative solutions for people around the world. NASA missions have generated thousands of spinoffs...

NASA at 60: From Space to Earth
Briefs : Data Acquisition
Switch Controls Light on a Nanoscale for Faster Information Processing
Switch Controls Light on a Nanoscale for Faster Information Processing

Photons, or units of light, are faster than electrons and could, therefore, process information faster from smaller chip structures. A switch was designed that bypasses a...

Switch Controls Light on a Nanoscale for Faster Information Processing
Briefs : Aerospace
Air Traffic Management (ATM) System
Air Traffic Management (ATM) System

As the demand for air transportation increases, the capacity of the current U.S. ATM system will eventually be stressed to its limits. New technologies in communication, navigation, and surveillance (CNS),...

Air Traffic Management (ATM) System
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
“Soft Hardware” Cloth Has Built-In Electronic Devices
“Soft Hardware” Cloth Has Built-In Electronic Devices

Optical fibers have been traditionally produced by making a cylindrical object called a preform — essentially, a scaled-up model of the fiber — and then heating it. Softened...

“Soft Hardware” Cloth Has Built-In Electronic Devices
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Efficient Semiconductor Material for Thermal Management
Efficient Semiconductor Material for Thermal Management

Computer processors have continued to shrink down to nanometer sizes where there can be billions of transistors on a single chip. This phenomenon is described under Moore's Law, which...

Efficient Semiconductor Material for Thermal Management
Articles : Electronics & Computers
Quantum Computing: Learning to Speak a Whole New Technology
Quantum Computing: Learning to Speak a Whole New Technology

Imagine trying to use a computer that looks and acts like no computer you've ever seen. There is no keyboard or screen. Code designed for a normal computer is useless. The...

Quantum Computing: Learning to Speak a Whole New Technology
Briefs : Software
Wing Shape Design Reduces Vortex and Wake
Wing Shape Design Reduces Vortex and Wake

It's common to see line-shaped clouds in the sky, known as contrails, trailing behind the engines of a jet airplane. What's not always visible is a vortex coming off of the tip of each wing — like...

Wing Shape Design Reduces Vortex and Wake
Briefs : Materials
Polymer Nanofiber-Based Reversible Nano-Switch/Sensor Schottky Diode (nanoSSSD) Device

Innovators at NASA's Glenn Research Center have developed a unique nano-structure device that operates as a nano-switch/sensor for detecting toxic gases and ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Conventional microsensors are limited by their short life, high cost and...

Briefs : Energy
Fabricating Battery Electrodes Using 3D Printing
Fabricating Battery Electrodes Using 3D Printing

Additive manufacturing (3D printing) can be used to manufacture porous electrodes for lithium-ion batteries, but because of the nature of the manufacturing process, the design of these...

Fabricating Battery Electrodes Using 3D Printing
Briefs : Materials
3D Printing Enables Bulk Creation of Metallic Glass Alloys
3D Printing Enables Bulk Creation of Metallic Glass Alloys

Researchers have demonstrated the ability to create amorphous metal (metallic glass) alloys on large scales using 3D printing technology. Metallic glasses lack the crystalline...

3D Printing Enables Bulk Creation of Metallic Glass Alloys
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Soft, Pliable, 3D Stretchable Electronics
Soft, Pliable, 3D Stretchable Electronics

By stacking and connecting layers of stretchable circuits on top of one another, soft, pliable 3D stretchable electronics were fabricated that can pack a lot of functions while staying thin and small...

Soft, Pliable, 3D Stretchable Electronics
5 Ws : Communications
5 Ws of Electronic Stickers
5 Ws of Electronic Stickers

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Billions of objects ranging from smartphones and buildings, to machine parts and medical devices, to furniture and office supplies — any object that has a need to communicate with or sense other...

5 Ws of Electronic Stickers
Articles : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printer Aims to Accelerate Materials Development
3D Printer Aims to Accelerate Materials Development

Spinoff is NASA's annual publication featuring successfully commercialized NASA technology. This commercialization has contributed to the development of products and services in the fields...

3D Printer Aims to Accelerate Materials Development
Briefs : Aerospace
Insect-Inspired Drone Deforms Upon Impact
Insect-Inspired Drone Deforms Upon Impact

Origami manufacturing has led to considerable advances in the field of foldable structures with innovative applications in robotics, aerospace, and metamaterials; however, existing origami are either...

Insect-Inspired Drone Deforms Upon Impact
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Hybrid Silicone-Fabric Sensor for Wearable Robots
Hybrid Silicone-Fabric Sensor for Wearable Robots

Wearable technologies are exploding in popularity in both the consumer and research spaces, but most of the electronic sensors that detect and transmit data from wearables are made of hard,...

Hybrid Silicone-Fabric Sensor for Wearable Robots
Briefs : Aerospace
Algorithm Enables Drones to Work in a Coordinated Approach

An algorithm was developed that enables a team of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to communicate and work toward a common goal. The tool could be used to improve security or capture images simultaneously over a large area.

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Product of the Month: October 2018
Product of the Month: October 2018

SEGGER Microcontroller Systems, Gardner, MA, introduced emPack, a complete operating system for IoT devices and embedded systems. It is delivered in source code for 8-, 16-, and 32-bit microcontrollers and...

Product of the Month: October 2018
News : IoMT
Answering Your Questions: How Can Medical IoT Devices Move Beyond Simple Information Gathering?
Answering Your Questions: How Can Medical IoT Devices Move Beyond Simple Information Gathering?
Is there more to the "Internet of Medical Things" than just data gathering? A reader asks our experts.
Answering Your Questions: How Can Medical IoT Devices Move Beyond Simple Information Gathering?
News : Aerospace
Preventing Premature Part Failures with Electropolishing
Preventing Premature Part Failures with Electropolishing

Design engineers in the aerospace industry are constantly challenged to improve fit and function of components used in commercial and military aircraft. Parts used in these aircraft...

Preventing Premature Part Failures with Electropolishing
News : Aerospace
3 Key Benefits: Better Corrosion Resistance, Fatigue Life, Part Integrity
3 Key Benefits: Better Corrosion Resistance, Fatigue Life, Part Integrity

Electropolishing has become a common metal finishing process used in the aerospace industry to help improve the overall quality of metal components. These components...

3 Key Benefits: Better Corrosion Resistance, Fatigue Life, Part Integrity
News : Materials
Advantages of Electropolishing for Penetrant Testing
Advantages of Electropolishing for Penetrant Testing

It’s common, especially in the aerospace industry, for parts that are fracture critical to be Liquid Penetrant Inspected (LPI) prior to installation. Also known as Dye Penetrant...

Advantages of Electropolishing for Penetrant Testing
Blog : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Meet Lindley Johnson, Planetary Defense Officer (and Asteroid Hunter)
Meet Lindley Johnson, Planetary Defense Officer (and Asteroid Hunter)
NASA's Lindley Johnson explains how the exciting business of asteroid detection does have its moments that are “like any other office job.”
Meet Lindley Johnson, Planetary Defense Officer (and Asteroid Hunter)
INSIDER : Software
3D-Printed "Motion Sculptures" from 2D Videos
3D-Printed "Motion Sculptures" from 2D Videos

Traditional videos and photos for studying motion are two-dimensional, and don’t show the underlying 3D structure of the person or subject of interest. So, researchers are using an algorithm...

3D-Printed "Motion Sculptures" from 2D Videos
INSIDER : Motion Control
Controlling Nanomotors with Light
Controlling Nanomotors with Light

Engineers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed the first method for selecting and switching the mechanical motion of nanomotors among multiple modes with simple visible light as the...

Controlling Nanomotors with Light
Question of the Week : Electronics & Computers
Are the Possibilities for Squid Proteins 'Potentially Endless?'

Our second INSIDER story today featured a new switching effect for thermal conductivity.

Professor Patrick Hopkins and his colleagues discovered that a responsive protein from squid ring teeth contained properties supporting an on-and-off kind of thermal regulation. When the...

INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
Doubling Performance with Lithium Metal that Doesn’t Catch Fire
Doubling Performance with Lithium Metal that Doesn’t Catch Fire

A rechargeable battery technology developed at the University of Michigan could double the output of today’s lithium ion cells, drastically extending electric vehicle ranges...

Doubling Performance with Lithium Metal that Doesn’t Catch Fire
INSIDER : Energy
New App Will Extend Smartphone Battery Life
New App Will Extend Smartphone Battery Life

The built-in multi-window feature released with the new Android operating system allows users to have multiple windows and files open at the same time, similar to a laptop, but this results in...

New App Will Extend Smartphone Battery Life
Question of the Week
Would You Cook with ‘Julia?’