This device could give doctors a new therapeutic option for treating patients with conditions such as heart failure.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Organic Material for Printed Electronics
The material combines two polymers with different properties.
This diagnostic device allows doctors to detect cancer quickly from a droplet of blood or plasma.
Briefs: Software
Protocol Improves Storage Efficiency and Output Speed of Computer Systems
This approach enables computer systems to retrieve data much faster.
A highly sensitive, CMOS-compatible, broadband photodetector was created by tailoring material defects.
The material could enable applications such as antennas that change frequencies on the fly or gripper arms for delicate or heavy objects.
5 Ws: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Polymer Twists and Bends in the Presence of Light
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Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Shape Memory Alloy Mechanisms for CubeSats
This lightweight and efficient mechanism enables retention, release, and deployment of solar arrays and antennas.
The method slashes battery testing times — a key barrier to longer-lasting, faster-charging batteries for electric vehicles.
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The domino effect is used to design deployable systems that expand quickly with a small push and are stable and locked into place after deployment.
NASA Spinoff: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Space Station Garden Shines Light on Earth-Based Horticulture
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It can be used both in small, portable devices for field inspections and in very large detectors that use arrays of crystals.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Foldable Mechanical Devices
These “developable mechanisms” are built into the surfaces of structures.
This framework determines regional landslide probability in near real time.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Injectable Gel Helps Heart Muscle Regenerate
This gel releases short gene sequences into the heart muscle to heal it following a heart attack.
Articles: Wearables
Products of Tomorrow: May 2020
A cryptographic ID tag, a high-reliability NASA switch, and a stretchable thermoelectric generator...
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Analyzing Wear and Tear of Metal
A new method could enable vehicles and equipment to better withstand high temperatures, loads, and speeds.
Next-generation devices made with a “peel and stack” method could include electronic chips worn on the skin.
Bandages with integrated pH and temperature sensors, and electronically triggered drug release, improve healing.
Facility Focus: Electronics & Computers
Facility Focus: NASA Ames Research Center
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This method uses fiber optic probes for measurement of semiconductors, optical coatings, magnetic read/write heads, and precision machines.
This fast, flexible tool allows researchers to quickly compare and prioritize strategies for converting biomass to fuels and products.
A new process will reduce the cost of manufacturing graphene by a factor of more than 100.
With the recent boom in touch-based, polymer display substrates must be fingerprint-resistant.
Xilinx is now applying AI to the in-cabin environment.
The nonlinear camera captures high-resolution images of the interior of solid objects using terahertz (THz) radiation.

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