When driving a car, the clutch mechanically carries the torque produced by the engine to the chassis of the vehicle – a coupling that has long been tested and optimized in such macroscopic...

The propulsion subsystem for NASA's Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) has been integrated onto the spacecraft, moving the mission another major step toward scheduled launch in...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers
New Wearable Technology Can Sense Appliance Use

In today’s smart home, technologies can track how much energy a particular appliance like a refrigerator or television or hair dryer is gobbling up. What they don’t typically show is which...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers
Thermal Invisibility Cloak Actively Redirects Heat

Light, sound, and now, heat. Just as optical invisibility cloaks can bend and diffract light to shield an object from sight, and specially fabricated acoustic metamaterials can hide an...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers
Fortifying Computer Chips for Space Travel

Space is cold, dark, and lonely. Deadly, too, if any one of a million things goes wrong on your spaceship. It’s certainly no place for a computer chip to fail, which can happen due to the...

INSIDER Product: Electronics & Computers
OEM Controllers

Divelbiss Corporation (Frederickstown, OH) has introduced enhanced models of the Versatile Base (VB-2000) family of OEM controllers. Programmed using the no-cost Divelbiss EZ Ladder Toolkit in Ladder Diagram, Function Block,...

INSIDER Product: Electronics & Computers
Fast Ethernet Transceiver

Avago Technologies (San Jose, CA) announced an ultra-low power (255 mW typ, 405 mW max) Fast Ethernet small form-factor pluggable (SFP) fiber optic transceiver module device, the AFBR-57E6APZ, designed for...

INSIDER Product: Electronics & Computers
Pressure Sensor Evaluation Kit

All Sensors Corporation (Morgan Hill, CA) has developed a new pressure sensor evaluation kit that allows design engineers to easily evaluate pressure sensors via fast prototype connection and testing. This...

Question of the Week
Is robo-journalism valuable?

This week's Question: Lars Eidnes, a Norwegian developer, recently created software that uses Recurrent Neural Networks (RNN)—a form of “deep learning”—to write new "clickbait” headlines. After training the software with several million articles from BuzzFeed, Gawker, Jezebel, the Huffington Post, and...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Researchers Test Robot's 'Light Touch'

Using an air-fluidized bed trackway filled with poppy seeds or glass spheres, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology systematically varied the stiffness of the ground to mimic a variety of surfaces, from hard-packed sand to powdery snow. By studying how running lizards, geckos, crabs, and a...

INSIDER Product: Electronics & Computers
Wireless RF Modules

Lemos International Co. Inc. (Barrington, RI) has introduced new wireless RF modules that can be used to design up to a 40 node alarm system, offering alarm outputs at each location for sounder and or strobe light. An...

INSIDER: Energy
Solar-Powered Water Purification System Supports Remote Village

For nearly two years, residents of the remote Mexican village of La Mancalona, most of whom are subsistence farmers, have operated and maintained a solar-powered water purification system engineered by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Researchers have developed a three-fingered soft robotic hand with embedded, stretchable fiber optic strain sensors. By using fiber optics, the researchers were able to embed 14...

A team of researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has invented a method for producing inexpensive and high-performing wearable...

Researchers from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) have developed a new sensor system that detects quickly and nondestructively the risk of corrosion in the...

Question of the Week
Is "neuromarketing" valuable for consumers?

This week’s Question: Last week, Japanese retailer Uniqlo debuted UMood, a brain-wave analysis system designed to match the right T-shirt to a specific customer. After the shopper puts on an electroencephalography (EEG) headset, the technology's algorithm employs five metrics — interest, like,...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics
Optical Wavelength Meter

Bristol Instruments, Inc. (Victor, NY) recently introduced the 828B Optical Wavelength Meter that can measure the absolute wavelength of WDM lasers to an accuracy of ± 1 pm. This accuracy is maintained over long...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics
Ultraviolet DLP Chip

Texas Instruments (TI) DLP® Products (Dallas, TX) has released the DLP9500UV chipset, a high resolution ultraviolet (UV) DLP chip designed to quickly expose and cure photosensitive materials in industrial and medical...

Question of the Week
Are video games good for the brain?

This week’s Question: A new study published from the Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences found action video games—which require players to navigate complex 3D settings, account for quick-moving targets, and switch between focused and distributed attention—are most beneficial to...

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics
Making 3D Objects Disappear

Invisibility cloaks are a staple of science fiction and fantasy, from Star Trek to Harry Potter, but don’t exist in real life. Or do they? Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley...

A new spectroscopy method is bringing researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) closer to understanding – and artificially replicating – the solar water-splitting...

Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology have developed a relatively inexpensive and simple way to split water into hydrogen and oxygen through a new...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics
IR Filter Sets

LASER COMPONENTS (Bedford, NH) has begun introducing pyroelectric and lead salt detectors to the market. With this in mind, they also now offer low-cost accessories such as new IR filter sets. Fourteen standard...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics
Lighting Test System

G&H Instruments (Orlando, FL) has introduced the new and improved OL 770-NVS Night Vision Display Test and Measurement System for the measurement of NVG-compatible lighting and displays. With all of the features of...

The deleterious effects of microgravity are undeniable: reduced bone mineral density, muscle atrophy, vascular remodeling, etc. These health...

The primary function of a window is to allow observation of, and protection from, a potentially hazardous environment. Yet, from the window designer’s point of view,...

Briefs: Test & Measurement
Measurement of O-phthalaldehyde (OPA)

O-phthalaldehyde (OPA) is a high-level disinfectant commonly used, for example, for sterilization of heat-sensitive medical instruments; it demonstrates effective microbicidal activity against a wide range of microorganisms (including mycobacteria, gramnegative bacteria, and spores). On the International...

Fire safety in space vehicles is of utmost importance, especially for manned flight. On the International Space Station (ISS), events that may lead to fires, especially smoldering, must be...

Briefs: Test & Measurement
Decomposition Technique for Remaining Useful Life Prediction

Technology has been developed that provides a way to compute the remaining useful life (RUL) of a component or system. The estimation of the RUL of a degraded or faulty component is at the center of condition-based maintenance, and prognostics and health management. It gives operators...

Question of the Week
Would You Use the 'LaserFactory?'

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