Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Stress-Induced Nanofabrication

Currently, the synthesis of nanomaterials relies on special inter-particle chemical and physical reactions, which restricts their development. However, stress-induced nanofabrication can effectively render arrays of nanomaterials uniform in length, diameter, and density.

Briefs : Materials
Inorganic-Organic Hybrid Polymers for High-Temperature Applications

A new class of polymeric materials was developed with resistance to heat, dielectric breakdown, and oxidation at high temperatures. For applications that demand high temperature resistance coupled with greater strength, these polymers can be easily transformed into ceramics with...

NASA Spinoff : Medical
Weightless “Weight”-Lifting Builds Muscle on Earth
Weightless “Weight”-Lifting Builds Muscle on Earth

NASA Technology

NASA astronaut Shannon Lucid spent hundreds of hours exercising during her 188-day stay on the Russian space station Mir in 1996. Although it was her least...

Weightless “Weight”-Lifting Builds Muscle on Earth
White Papers : Electronics & Computers
Software-Defined Radio Handbook

SDR (Software-Defined Radio) has revolutionized electronic systems for a variety of applications including communications, data acquisition and signal processing.This handbook shows how DDCs (Digital Downconverters) and DUCs (Digital Upconverters), the fundamental building blocks of SDR, can replace legacy analog...

White Papers : Electronics & Computers
Critical Techniques for High-Speed A/Ds In Real-Time Systems Handbook

To help define the meaning of “high-speed A/D” used in this handbook, we will be focusing primarily on A/D converters with sampling rates higher than 100 MHz. We will review sampling techniques, FPGA technology and we will present the latest Pentek high-speed A/D products...

News : Imaging
A Real Engineering Feat: Two Holograms on One Surface
A Real Engineering Feat: Two Holograms on One Surface
For years many engineers have assumed that you cannot encode more than one holographic image in a single surface — at least without losing resolution. Caltech researchers made the idea a reality.
A Real Engineering Feat: Two Holograms on One Surface
News : Materials
The Top Tech Briefs Stories of 2017
The Top Tech Briefs Stories of 2017

With another year of Tech Briefs almost in the books, it's time to look at our most-read news articles of 2017.

Top stories included a look back at the life of Robert Goddard, and a look forward to...

The Top Tech Briefs Stories of 2017
INSIDER : RF & Microwave Electronics
Radar Sees Through Walls – By Seeking Symmetry
Radar Sees Through Walls – By Seeking Symmetry
Using a narrow band of microwave frequencies, researchers at Duke University found a new way to see on the other side of the wall.
Radar Sees Through Walls – By Seeking Symmetry
Blog : Energy
Will Electric Vehicles Surpass Combustion Engine Vehicles?
Is the future electric? A reader asks an expert from Mercedes-Benz.
News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Sound-Off: What 3D-Printing Method is Best – FDM, SLS, or SLA?
A Tech Briefs reader asks our expert to compare three 3D-printing techniques.
News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
A Giant Leap: Reconstructing NASA’s Moon-Mission Audio
A Giant Leap: Reconstructing NASA’s Moon-Mission Audio
During the historic Apollo 11 mission, the astronauts, mission control specialists, and back-room support staff did plenty of communicating. The University of Texas at Dallas launched a project to make all of the moon-mission audio accessible.
A Giant Leap: Reconstructing NASA’s Moon-Mission Audio
News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Sound-Off: The Most ‘Startling’ Discovery in IoT? A Lack of Security

The “Internet of Things” links a variety of devices, from computers and industrial machines to heart monitors and robots. The interconnection also leads to some “startling” data-transfer discoveries, according to one NASA pro.

News : Aerospace
Lost in Space: Smart Spacesuits Feature 'Home' Button
Lost in Space: Smart Spacesuits Feature 'Home' Button

During a routine spacewalk, astronauts can easily lose their sense of orientation and direction. Creators of a new kind of spacesuit aim to address the challenge — with the push of a...

Lost in Space: Smart Spacesuits Feature 'Home' Button
INSIDER : Materials
Taming Vortices – Polymers Ease Fluid Flow
Taming Vortices – Polymers Ease Fluid Flow

A vortex in the atmosphere can churn with enough power to create a typhoon. But more subtle vortices form constantly in nature. Many of them are too small to be seen with the naked eye....

Taming Vortices – Polymers Ease Fluid Flow
INSIDER : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Printing a Better Actuator
Printing a Better Actuator

One technology uses magnetic fields to generate mechanical work. The other enhances the magnetic properties of 3D-printed materials. Combined, they could lead to efficient, economical production of magnetic...

Printing a Better Actuator
Question of the Week
Would you use "Printed Wi-Fi?"

This week, Tech Briefs TV featured an additive-manufacturing technology from the University of Washington.

News : Aerospace
How Model Rockets Launch Tomorrow’s Engineers
How Model Rockets Launch Tomorrow’s Engineers
If you ask engineers about their early days, many can't avoid talking about a favorite toy: the model rocket.
How Model Rockets Launch Tomorrow’s Engineers
News : Materials
Tough, Self-Healing Rubber Developed
Tough, Self-Healing Rubber Developed

Imagine a tire that could heal after being punctured or a rubber band that never snapped.

Tough, Self-Healing Rubber Developed
News : Electronics & Computers
Artificial 'Skin' Gives Robotic Hand A Sense Of Touch
Artificial 'Skin' Gives Robotic Hand A Sense Of Touch

A team of researchers from the University of Houston has reported a breakthrough in stretchable electronics that can serve as an artificial skin, allowing a robotic hand to sense the...

Artificial 'Skin' Gives Robotic Hand A Sense Of Touch
News : Electronics & Computers
Researchers Report New Way To Make Dissolving Electronics
Researchers Report New Way To Make Dissolving Electronics

Researchers from the University of Houston and China have reported a new type of electronic device that can be triggered to dissolve through exposure to water molecules in the...

Researchers Report New Way To Make Dissolving Electronics
News : Medical
Breakthrough Device Heals Organs With A Single Touch
Breakthrough Device Heals Organs With A Single Touch

Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Ohio State's College of Engineering have developed a new technology: Tissue Nanotransfection or TNT. It can generate any...

Breakthrough Device Heals Organs With A Single Touch
Products
Product of the Month: December 2017
Boothroyd Dewhurst, Wakefield, RI, announced Design for Manufacturing (DFM) Concurrent Costing Version 3.0.
News : Aerospace
Expert INSIDER: How Mehdi Khorrami Uses Simulation to Address Aircraft Noise
Expert INSIDER: How Mehdi Khorrami Uses Simulation to Address Aircraft Noise
NASA’s Mehdi Khorrami explains how he uses high-performance computing to handle one of the FAA’s biggest complaints: aircraft noise.
Expert INSIDER: How Mehdi Khorrami Uses Simulation to Address Aircraft Noise
News : Automotive
Sound-Off: How Should Universities Prepare Tomorrow’s Vehicle Designers?
The skill set for tomorrow’s automotive designer? A combination of traditional engineering, physical sciences, mathematics, and, more than ever, ethics.
News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
With a Commercial Printer, Researchers Manufacture Motion Sensors in Bulk
With a Commercial Printer, Researchers Manufacture Motion Sensors in Bulk

Using a commercial printer and some silver ink, researchers from Florida State University have found a novel way of producing motion sensors en masse. The low-profile...

With a Commercial Printer, Researchers Manufacture Motion Sensors in Bulk
Question of the Week
Did You Ever Launch Model Rockets?

Our lead story today emphasized the inspirational role of the model rocket. What do you think? Did you ever launch model rockets?

Question of the Week
Can Senior Execs Make or Break a Cybersecurity Program?

Our second INSIDER story, a response from infosec expert Michael Morgan, highlighted the importance of "C-Suite" support when implementing a cybersecurity program.

Question of the Week : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Will Ethics Training be Essential for Tomorrow's Design Engineers?

In our second INSIDER story, Patti Kreh demonstrated that colleges and universities will need to take an "interdisciplinary" approach to train the design engineers of the future.

"What we're seeing is the need for the blending of disciplines – a combination of...

Q&A : Test & Measurement
Q&A: Georgia Tech's Dr. Raheem Beyah Develops a Way to Authenticate 3D-Printed Products

Dr. Beyah and a team of researchers from Georgia Tech and Rutgers University have developed a three-layer system to verify that components produced using additive manufacturing have not been compromised.

Briefs : Motion Control
Vacuum System Powers Modular Soft Robot
Vacuum System Powers Modular Soft Robot

Researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) have created the first functional robot powered entirely by vacuum. It is made of soft building blocks that move by having air sucked...

Vacuum System Powers Modular Soft Robot

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