INSIDER: Test & Measurement

An array of GPS instruments near the San Andreas Fault System in Southern California detects constant motion of Earth’s crust — sometimes large, sudden motion during an...

INSIDER: Energy
New Fabric Uses Sun to Power Devices

A new fabric developed at Georgia Institute of Technology uses sunlight and motion to harvest energy. Combining the two types of electricity generation into one textile paves the way for creating garments that could provide their own source of energy to power devices such as smartphones or global positioning...

Question of the Week
Will you watch drone racing?

This week's Question: The Drone Racing League announced on Wednesday that it had signed deals to broadcast a 10-episode season on ESPN and ESPN2, along with the European stations Sky Sports Mix and 7Sports. According to league officials, stationary pilots will use headsets and joysticks to steer the drones through...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a flexible wearable sensor that can accurately measure a person’s blood alcohol level from sweat and transmit the...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

NASA scientists and engineers have built an instrument powerful and accurate enough to gather around-the-clock global atmospheric carbon-dioxide (CO2) measurements from space. The CO2 Sounder...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

New postage-stamp-sized sensors developed at MIT measure exactly how much power is being used by every device in a household. No wires need to be disconnected, and the placement of...

News: Manufacturing & Prototyping
New at IMTS

Optomec (Albuquerque, NM) unveiled its LENS machine tool machines that integrate the company's metal 3D printing technology into standard CNC machine tool platforms. Three standard system configurations are offered, making hybrid and traditional metal additive manufacturing more affordable and accessible. The three systems are...

News: Medical

Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, the most common of pancreatic cancers, is extraordinarily lethal, with a 5-year survival rate of just 6 percent. Chemotherapy treatments are poorly effective, in part...

News: Aerospace

The European Space Agency's Euclid satellite, due for launch in 2020, will set astronomers a huge challenge: to analyze 100,000 strong gravitational lenses. The gravitational deflection of light from...

News: Software

When people go to a hair stylist, they often browse magazines to find a photo of a style they want to try, but they won’t know if they really like it until they try it.

News: Imaging

Researchers from the University of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries and from universities in the Netherlands have used high-tech imaging to uncover the details of a rare Mexican codex dating from before the...

INSIDER: Energy

A new material could one day speed up the charging process of electric cars and help increase their driving range. Researchers have combined a covalent organic framework (COF) – a...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

University of Massachusetts Amherst professors introduced a new radio technology that allows small mobile devices to take advantage of battery power in larger devices nearby for...

INSIDER: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

University of Alberta mechanical engineering professors are making an old technology new again by using flywheel technology to assist light rail transit (LRT) in Edmonton. They...

INSIDER: Materials
Advanced Spray-On Material Repels Water

A new spray-on material from engineers at The Australian National University (ANU) offers a more robust waterproofing capability than previous coatings. Combining two plastics, one tough and one flexible, the invention could eventually be used to protect mobile phones, de-ice airplane parts, or keep boat...

Question of the Week
Can AI be used to make a good movie?

This week's Question: In early September, Concourse Media and Productivity Media, Inc. (PMI) announced the acquisition of Impossible Things, a feature-length film with a screenplay written via artificial intelligence. Greenlight Essentials, a company founded by Jack Zhang, uses AI software to create plot...

INSIDER: Nanotechnology
Plastic-Based Textile Leads to 'Cool' Clothes

A low-cost, plastic-based textile from Stanford University engineers could cool the body efficiently when woven into clothing.

Question of the Week
Will "cool" clothes catch on?

This Week's Question: Today's lead INSIDER story highlighted a low-cost, plastic-based textile that could cool the body efficiently when woven into clothing. What do you think? Will "cool" clothes catch on?

Articles: Electronics & Computers
Advances in Capacitor Materials

Electrochemical capacitors, or supercapacitors, have gained intense interest as an alternative to traditional energy storage devices. Applications for supercapacitors range from...

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control

For many years, stepper motors have been the most popular type of electric motor designed into instrumentation for a wide variety of reasons. Stepper motors have become increasingly...

Articles: Motion Control

Power-off brakes are designed to hold or stop motion in the absence of power. Adding an electrical current releases the brake, freeing the load for motion. Given the safety...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

Shock absorbers are important parts of vehicles. The shock absorber is used to observe the vibrations from shock loads due to irregularities of the road surface, and operates without affecting the...

Articles: Imaging

Cameras are the eyes of the modern world. The devices equip today’s cars and machines, and real-time imaging capabilities support law enforcement, businesses, and homeowners. Thus far, cameras have been just that:...

Articles: Photonics/Optics

Scientific laser users have long relied on state-of-the-art performance (e.g., higher peak power, shorter pulse duration, wider wavelength tuning) to achieve groundbreaking results....

Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition

When most individuals hear “energy harvesting,” they often think of alternative energy sources like wind and solar power. There is a distinct difference, however, between alternative...

Products: Software

OMSOL, Burlington, MA, announced the latest release of COMSOL Multiphysics® version 5.2, Application Builder, and COMSOL Server™ simulation software that expands electrical, mechanical, fluid, and chemical design...

Products: Aerospace

Abaco Systems, Huntsville, AL, announced AXIS DataView that enables users to develop graphical user interfaces (GUIs) for embedded applications. The software is designed for displaying data and adding controls to signal...

Products: Software

Stratasys, Eden Prairie, MN, offers GrabCAD Print, an open architecture design-to-3D print workflow application residing on the GrabCAD SaaS platform. The software eliminates requirements to translate and repair CAD files...

Products: Software

MSC Software Corp., Newport Beach, CA, released MSC Nastran 2016 and Patran 2016 simulation and analysis software. Nastran 2016 delivers new multidisciplinary analysis solutions, and Patran improves support for...

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