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NASA Supercomputer Simulations Reveal 'Noisy' Aerodynamics
Robotic Gripper Cleans Up Space Debris
Soft Robot “Walks” on Any Terrain
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Using Microwaves to Produce High-Quality Graphene
Transducer-Actuator Systems for On-Machine Measurements and Automatic Part Alignment
Wide-Area Surveillance Using HD LWIR Uncooled Sensors
Heavy Lift Wing in Ground (WIG) Cargo Flying Boat
Technique Provides Security for Multi-Robot Systems
Bringing New Vision to Laser Material Processing Systems
NASA Tests Lasers’ Ability to Transmit Data from Space

Selecting the Right Tapered Roller Bearing for Your Application

Tapered roller bearings are widely used throughout the North American market as an economical solution for friction management in machine design. While there are many standard catalog bearings available in the marketplace, demanding applications often require engineered solutions in order to optimize machine performance and minimize downtime.

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Researchers See a Bright Future for ‘See-Through’ Solar Cells

Michigan State University researchers say a new transparent solar panel technology is right outside your door. Or more precisely: inside your window. The completely clear innovation could deliver up to 40% of U.S. power.

Posted in: News, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Harvesting, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, Solar Power
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A Q&A with Orbital ATK: Exploring the Roots of Rocketry

At Orbital ATK, Mark Ogren works on the preliminary design of the company’s propulsion technologies, including targets, interceptors, or space launch vehicles. Ogren spoke with Tech Briefs about Orbital’s beginnings, and the origins of his own love for rocketry.

Posted in: News, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Propulsion
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Will 'read-ahead' algorithms speed up 3D printing?

Our featured INSIDER story today showcased algorithms that allow 3D printers to anticipate motion and "read ahead" of its programming. The Michigan State University readers believe that the faster, more precise builds will allow 3D printers to create products twice as fast.

What do you think? Will 'read-ahead' algorithms speed up 3D printing?

Posted in: Question of the Week, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping & Tooling, Software
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Advancing Thermal Management with Additive Manufacturing

An integral engineering element across major industries, from transportation to electronics, thermal management continues to challenge designers in several applications. 3D printing, aka additive manufacturing (AM), offers a unique solution for next-generation thermal control. With unmatched design freedom for nonlinear geometries, 3D printed parts can increase performance and reduce the size and weight of thermal control systems. In this white paper, discover key areas that AM has been put to use in thermal control, as well as studies and research conducted to validate the additive process for optimized systems.

Posted in: White Papers, Manufacturing & Prototyping
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Specialized Materials Meet Critical Packaging Needs in MEMS Devices

The unique requirements of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) call for specialized materials. Versatile epoxy adhesives are often capable of providing the necessary properties to ensure support and protection from thermal and mechanical shock, vibration, high acceleration, particles, and other physical damage. Download Master Bond’s white paper to find out how these materials are used and their benefits for MEMs applications.

Posted in: White Papers, Electronics, Materials, Semiconductors & ICs
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Unique Imaging of Dinosaur's Skull Tells Evolutionary Tale

Researchers using Los Alamos' unique neutron-imaging and high-energy X-ray capabilities have exposed the inner structures of the fossil skull of a 74-million-year-old tyrannosauroid dinosaur nicknamed the Bisti Beast in the highest-resolution scan of tyrannosaur skull ever done. The results add a new piece to the puzzle of how these bone-crushing top predators evolved over millions of years.

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New Dental Imaging Method Uses Squid Ink to Fish for Gum Disease

Squid ink might be a great ingredient to make black pasta, but it could also one day make getting checked for gum disease at the dentist less tedious and even painless. By combining squid ink with light and ultrasound, a team led by engineers at the University of California San Diego has developed a new dental imaging method to examine a patient's gums that is non-invasive, more comprehensive, and more accurate than the state of the art.

Posted in: News, Imaging, Imaging, Patient Monitoring
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Future Smartwatches Could Sense Hand Movement Using Ultrasound imaging

New research has shown future wearable devices, such as smartwatches, could use ultrasound imaging to sense hand gestures. The research team is led by Professor Mike Fraser, Asier Marzo, and Jess McIntosh from the Bristol Interaction Group at the University of Bristol in the U.K., together with University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust.

Posted in: News, Imaging, Imaging, Sensors
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Non-Invasive Imaging Predicts Cancer Malignancy

A new study by Osaka University scientists shows that non-labeling multiphoton microscopy (NL-MPM) can be used for quantitative imaging of cancer that is safe and requires no resection, fixation, or staining of tissues. It’s expected to simplify and reduce the time of cancer diagnosis.

Posted in: News, Imaging, Imaging, Patient Monitoring
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