Special Coverage

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

Optofluidic 3D Printing

Optofluidic three-dimensional printing enables advancements and innovation in optical fibers and biomedical devices. This 3D printing approach uses axial plane optical microscopy (APOM) technology.

Posted in: Briefs, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Fiber optics, Microscopy, Fiber optics, Microscopy, Medical equipment and supplies, Additive manufacturing
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ECTemp™

The health and fitness industry strives to provide customers with the best technologies and features available to help users train in the right zone and duration for best results. Core body temperature is a factor in this analysis, but has been largely unavailable due to the invasiveness of accurate sensors, and the variation between skin temperature and core body temperature. An accurate estimate of core body temperature is also valuable for occupations in which heat stress and heat illness are risk factors. Because of the difficulty in directly measuring core body temperature, a practical alternative was developed.

Posted in: Briefs, Medical, Sensors and actuators, Sensors and actuators, Medical, health, and wellness
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Method for Inflating Uniformly Stiff Tubular Booms

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) developed a foam-rigidized, inflatable, tubular space boom that can be transported, deployed, and inflated at remote locations. The lightweight device consists of an inner and outer sleeve and, in its non-pressurized state, can be accordion-folded into a small storage canister. This allows for simple and compact transportation at a low cost.

Posted in: Briefs, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Storage, Foams, Gases, Spacecraft
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Product of the Month: November 2017

WinSystems, Arlington, TX, released the PPC65B series IP65-rated panel PC in a thin, fanless design with an operating temperature range from -20 to +70 °C. The panel PC offers a rugged design for extreme environments and industrial IoT applications. The PCs accommodate panel and VESA mounting configurations; when mounted properly, the sealed front bezel provides protection against ingress from dust and moisture for industrial control applications. They support Linux and Windows 10 operating systems, use the 1.9-GHz Quad-Core Intel® Atom processor, and include up to 8 GB of RAM. High-resolution graphics at 1024 × 768 and 1280 × 1024 are accessed via a five-wire resistive touchscreen. The rugged design also incorporates a SATA controller with 2.5” HDD/SSD and input power of 12-24V DC. Optimal connectivity and I/O for embedded systems is achieved through two Gigabit Ethernet ports, a USB 2.0 port, and a USB 3.0 port. The series also includes options for expansion with RS-232/422/485 and USB.

Posted in: Products, Computers, Electronic Components, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, PCs/Portable Computers
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ScienceOrganizer: A Scientific Knowledge Management and Remote Experimentation Tool

The ScienceOrganizer system was designed to facilitate the work of geographically distributed NASA science teams by supporting the organization, administration, documentation, and execution of science projects and missions. The capabilities of ScienceOrganizer include the ability to conduct and monitor working experiments; locate, utilize, and publish experimental datasets; develop and share scientific software models; store scientific project information; document the scientific process; and co-visualize scientific data. Users access ScienceOrganizer through an intuitive Web-based interface that enables them to upload, download, and centrally organize project information including data, documents, images, and scientific records associated with laboratory and field experiments.

Posted in: Briefs, Software, Big data, Internet, Big data, Internet, Data management, Test equipment and instrumentation
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Smartphone Camera Measures Heart Health

Currently, a 45-minute ultrasound scan is required to provide detailed information about heart health. Researchers have discovered a method by which a smartphone camera can noninvasively provide the same information.

Posted in: Briefs, Medical, Measurements, Optics, Optics, Cardiovascular system
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Naval Research Laboratory

The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) began operations in 1923 as the United States Navy's first modern research institution, and it continues today as one of the Navy's premier R&D resources. NRL's early 20th Century founders knew the importance of science and technology in maintaining naval power and preserving national security.

Posted in: Articles, Research Lab, Defense industry, Research and development, Test facilities, Marine vehicles and equipment
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High-Energy-Storage Capacitor

A method was created for electroless deposition of conformal ultrathin (<20 nm) metal oxides on the high-surface-area walls of commercial carbon nanofoam papers, typically 0.1–0.3 mm thick. The resulting ultrathin metal oxides rapidly take up and release electrons and ions, thereby storing energy at 300–600 Farads per gram of oxide, while the carbon nanofoam paper serves as a three-dimensional current collector and defines a pre-selected porous electrode architecture.

Posted in: Briefs, Electronics & Computers, Capacitors, Capacitors, Additive manufacturing, Fabrication, Nanomaterials
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Knowledge Preservation Management

The Knowledge Preservation Management (KPM) system allows for the capture, management, and Web-based access of manufacturing operations information. KPM also captures retirees' knowledge via transcript-enabled video-taped interviews, and with video data-mining advanced search capabilities. Access to this information is available directly to the operator on the factory floor or in an office, providing a complete, on-demand knowledge management and training capability.

Posted in: Briefs, Software, Big data, Internet, Big data, Internet, Education, Education and training, Manufacturing equipment and machinery, Manufacturing processes
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Flexible Wearable Electronics Use Body Heat for Energy

Interest in wearable electronics for continuous, long-term health and performance monitoring is rapidly increasing. The reduction in power levels consumed by sensors and electronic circuits, accompanied by the advances in energy harvesting methods, allows for the realization of self-powered monitoring systems that do not have to rely on batteries.

Posted in: Briefs, Electronics & Computers, Electronic equipment, Sensors and actuators, Electronic equipment, Sensors and actuators, Energy consumption, Medical, health, and wellness, Thermodynamics, Thermodynamics
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