Brain Wave Sensor

A tiny sensor that can detect magnetic field changes as small as 70 Femtoteslas — equivalent to the brain waves of a person daydreaming — has been demonstrated at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The sensor could operate on a single AA battery and reduce the costs of non-invasive...

The Technicolor Brain

By activating multiple fluorescent proteins in neurons, neuroscientists at Harvard University have developed a method to image the brain and nervous system in a plethora of colors dubbed a "Brainbow."

The technique, developed by Harvard scientists Jean Livet, Joshua R. Sanes, and Jeff W. Lichtman, allows researchers...

Rugged Wireless Sensors

Researchers at Purdue University, working with the U.S Air Force, have developed tiny wireless sensors resilient enough to survive the harsh conditions inside jet engines to detect when critical bearings are close to failing and prevent breakdowns.

The devices use MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) technology to...

Current Attractions

The Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate at NASA's Glenn Research Center has developed a new silicon carbide differential amplifier integrated circuit chip that may provide benefits to anything requiring long-lasting electronic circuits in very hot environments. The chip exceeded 1,700 hours of continuous operation at 500...

Carbon Producing Wildfires

The recent rash of wildfires in Southern California will likely increase concern over long-term global warming. Research published in the Nov. 1 issue of the journal Nature concluded that wildfires in the boreal regions across northern Canada in 2003 were a major factor in higher carbon dioxide levels in that vast...

Techs of the Week

A process has been developed to manufacture a self-aligned transistor where a thermally intolerant material may be used as a material of a gate insulating film and the gate electrode. The process makes it possible to produce high-performance, highly reliable, and inexpensive transistor devices. It leads to the improvement of...

Hot Stuff

Bite into a hot pepper, and you'll feel the burn. But then, your tongue will go numb. It is that numbing process that scientists are studying in an effort to reduce post-surgery pain. Scientists have found that the chemical that makes chile peppers so hot (capsaicin) can actually relieve the pain of surgery. Capsaicin is being dripped...

Helping the Blind "See"

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has licensed two technologies that could bring affordable graphic reading systems to the blind and visually impaired. The two systems bring electronic images to life in the same way that Braille makes words readable.

The first technology, a tactile graphic...

Technology Business Needs

Low NOX Burner Technology and Advanced Combustion Technology

A company is interested in technology partnership or license agreement of deNOX technologies such as SCR or SNCR and advanced burner technologies.

Nanotechnologies Wanted

S.O.F.C. (solid oxide fuel cell) technology; low-temperature SOFC...

Crystal Mystery Solved

When discovered in 1938, the crystal ammonium dihydrogen phosphate (ADP) was observed to exhibit unusual electrical properties. A Florida State University chemist, Naresh S. Dalal, and three colleagues of the Universidad Nacional de Rosario in Argentina used the supercomputer at FSU's Supercomputer Computations Research...

Tech Needs of the Week

A wide range of new processing and preparation technologies for use in pharmaceutical preparation is sought. Such technologies may enhance current chemistry processes such as finer milling that leads to faster in-process reactions. Or, the technologies may be applicable to pharmaceuticals after preparation, such as...

National Nano Engineering Conference

NASA Tech Briefs' 2007 National Nano Engineering Conference (NNEC) is being held November 14-15 at the Marriott Boston Copley Place. The NNEC is the premier event focused on current and future nano- technology developments. The event also includes the presentation of the third annual Nano 50™ Awards with a...

Virus Simulation Software

Researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine, in collaboration with the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech, have created a computer program called Pathogen Simulation (PathSim) to study the progression of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) in humans.

David Thorley-Lawson, PhD, professor of pathology...

Techs of the Week

An input assisting device for CAD operation is designed to circumvent time-consuming and conventional methods of using a mouse. The technology comprises sensors and a physical/structural framework which is most effective when constructing a three dimensional object in a free-space field. This device enhances the synergy between...

Technology for Visually Impaired

By adding features to commonly used chemical- engineering software packages, researchers at the University of Arkansas, the University of Akron, and Chemstations Inc. have developed adaptive technology that allows blind or visually impaired students and working professionals to perform the essential functions of...

Hydrogen Sensor

It took millions of dollars and more than a decade of research and development, but a unique hydrogen sensor invented and patented in 1994 by scientists at Sandia National Laboratories is about to finally find its way into the commercial sector. What makes the Wide-Range Hydrogen Sensor unique is the fact that it was the first to...

NextTechs Technology Business Briefs

Breakthrough Imaging of Blood Vessels and Other Anatomical Structures

This breakthrough technology allows for the imaging of vessels, blood vessels or any other type of vessels in biological bodies, using high penetration radiation.

Fluorescent Nanodiamonds

Glowing nanodiamonds can be...

Systems designers are always pressing for faster and faster real-time performance, and data acquisition technology continues to evolve to meet that need. Currently available...

Articles: Electronics & Computers
Virtual Memory

Software developers face constant challenges. Not only must their code be functionally correct, it must also be reliable. In addition, competition among software vendors has taken software quality to significantly higher...

Portable data acquisition applications have to meet a number of stringent requirements not present in traditional laboratory systems. Environmental conditions such as...

Application Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Signal Processing System Supplied For NASA’s SCaN Program
VXS-based satellite communications development system
TEK Microsystems
Chelmsford, MA

TEK Microsystems’ first VXS-based...

Endevco Corp.
San Juan Capistrano, CA

On August 8, 2007, three Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSMEs) from Pratt &...

Dash 32HF

The Astro-Med Test & Measurement Product Group, West Warwick, RI, has introduced the Dash 32HF multi-channel, high-frequency data acquisition recorder. Engineered to capture high-frequency data and transient signals, the...

The Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate at NASA's Glenn Research Center has developed a new silicon carbide differential amplifier integrated...

Techs for License
Selective Elimination of Nitrogen Oxides from Exhaust Gases

The Environment Purification Materials team of AIST’s Synergy Materials Research Center (Japan) has successfully developed and tested significantly improved electrochemical reactors for the selective elimination of nitrogen oxides (NOx) in a range of industrial exhaust gases...

Techs for License
Chemical Analysis without Reagents

A portfolio of technologies applies mid-infrared spectroscopy to the analysis of fluids. Any fluid can be analyzed, including blood, serum, and other biological fluids. Tests are non-destructive. The techniques require no reagents or other chemicals, and thus there are no chemicals to store or dispose of. The...

Tech Needs
Sustainable Processes for Green Polymer Production

Technologies leading to sustainable and green production of polymers are sought. Candidate technologies should fit recently developed definitions for green chemistries. Chemistries that produce safe chemicals, that use safer solvents and auxiliaries, and/or that produce chemicals designed for...

Tech Needs
Reflective Aerosol

This technology need is for an aerosol with properties that enable it to be easily launched using a pulsed jet fogger. It also must have reflectivity or other optical properties, and must be safe for human cutaneous and pulmonary contact. The aerosol should have optical properties that can be manipulated using laser light or...

This method uses a magnetic-fieldresponse contact sensor that is designed to identify surface contact and motion between contact locations. The sensor has three components:...

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Would You Use a ‘SwingBot?’

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