Briefs: Test & Measurement
High-Sensitivity, Environmentally Isolated Bearing Tester

A novel tool was developed that allows users to qualify small-diameter bearings before incorporating them into...

Briefs: Test & Measurement
Sensor Droplets Enable Cheaper, Faster Food Testing

The foodborne pathogen Escherichia coli O157 causes an estimated 73,000 illnesses and 60 deaths every year in the United...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
System Enables Robots to Understand Contextual Commands

Today’s robots can accomplish many repetitive tasks, but their inability to understand the nuances of human language makes them mostly useless for more complicated requests. For example, if...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Extrusion Method Improves Structural Properties of Magnesium

Magnesium is 75 percent lighter than steel, 33 percent lighter than aluminum, and is the fourth most common...

Briefs: Materials
Bulk Preparation of Holey Graphene via Controlled Catalytic Oxidation

Researchers at NASA have developed new methods to manufacture carbon materials (e.g., nanotubes,...

Briefs: Test & Measurement
Wind Turbine Blade Testing System Using Base Excitation

Wind turbine designers are working to provide blade designs that allow a turbine connected to the blades or rotor to...

Briefs: Imaging
Microscope Scans Tumors During Surgery and Examines Cancer Biopsies in 3D

Currently there is no reliable way to determine, during tumor-removal surgery, whether the excised...

Briefs: Test & Measurement
Nano Layer Helps Measuring Devices Withstand Extreme Environments

Measurement devices that can withstand the acid rains on Venus, radiation in space, and the heat of car...

Briefs: Materials
Nickel Oxide Compound for High-Temperature Superconductors

Superconducting materials are technologically important because electricity flows through them without...

Briefs: Medical
Device Heals Organs Through Cell Function Change

A new chip device called Tissue Nano-transfection (TNT) can generate any cell type of interest for treatment within the...

Briefs: Software
Software Verifies Identity by DNA in Minutes

Researchers have developed a method to quickly and accurately identify people and cell lines from their DNA. The software could...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Silicon Carbide High-Voltage Switch

High-voltage wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductor devices like 15-kV silicon carbide (SiC) MOSFETs have attracted attention because of...

Briefs: Medical
LightCensor Software for Optimized Viewing of Medical Images

Because of improved display quality, the smartphone has been advocated by medical imaging vendors for viewing medical images in specific conditions that require urgency of results, or...

Articles: Motion Control
Products of Tomorrow: January 2018

This column presents technologies that have applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the products of tomorrow. To learn more...

Briefs: Medical
Wearable Biosensor Monitors Exposure to Bacteria, Viruses, and Pollutants

Researchers have created biosensor technology for wearable devices that continuously analyzes...

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