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Preservation of High-Water-Content Fruit

As fresh produce undergoes a number of processes from point of harvest to final products like yogurt, ice cream, pasta sauces, and frozen meals, its natural characteristics are altered. To ensure a fresh taste and texture, a company seeks technology, ingredients, or processes that preserve the natural...

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Removal of Kinetic Energy Associated with Transporting Light

A client seeks innovative ways to control the kinetic energy of moving products through high-speed manufacturing and filling processes. The company requires aluminum and tinplated food and beverage cans to be conveyed and transported during production without damage. Products are small...

David Mitchell is the project manager of the MAVEN mission, which will examine environmental changes on Mars. MAVEN instruments will look beyond the planet's...

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David Mitchell, MAVEN Project Manager, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

David Mitchell is the project manager of the MAVEN mission, which will examine environmental changes on Mars. MAVEN instruments will look beyond the planet's surface and provide a better understanding of solar interactions, magnetic fields, and the atmosphere in...

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Corps of Engineers Completes Army's Largest Solar Array Installation

The largest solar power system in the U.S. Army is coming online at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The Energy Savings Performance Contract, or ESPC, project, awarded and managed by the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, provides the sprawling desert base...

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Squirrels and Birds Help Researchers Create Deceptive Robots

Using deceptive behavioral patterns of squirrels and birds, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed robots that are able to deceive each other. The research is funded by the Office of Naval Research and is led by Professor Ronald Arkin, who suggests the...

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Lab Testing Seeks To Improve Tactical Vehicle Gunner Protection

The best way to evaluate the effectiveness of a product is to put it in the hands of the user, obtain feedback, and make adjustments accordingly. With a newly developed Virtual Environment Test Bed, or VETB, scientists and engineers at the Target Behavioral Research Laboratory at...

The Department of Energy has announced about $6 million in funding for projects that will develop and demonstrate supply chain technologies to deliver commercial-scale...

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Remodeled 'Chamber A' Tests Webb Telescope

NASA's "Chamber A" thermal vacuum testing chamber has now been upgraded and remodeled to accommodate the testing of the James Webb Space Telescope.

Chamber A, the largest high-vacuum, cryogenic-optical test chamber in the world, was made famous for testing the space capsules for NASA's Apollo...

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Researchers Develop CT-Scan Test Rig for Ceramic Composites

Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed the first testing facility that enables CT-scanning of ceramic composites under controlled loads, at ultrahigh temperatures and in real-time.

The scientists...

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Researchers Create Self-Healing, Stretchable Wires Using Liquid Metal

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed elastic, self-healing wires in which both the liquid-metal core and the polymer sheath reconnect at the molecular level after being severed. The team first created tiny tunnels, called microfluidic channels, in a...

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Do the Benefits of Automation Outweigh the Drawbacks?

The Automate 2013 trade show kicked off last week in Chicago, and some have used the occasion to debate the benefits of automation, as robotic technology is increasingly being used in new industries like food processing and consumer electronics. Many express concern that a growing reliance...

In December, we asked NASA Tech Briefs readers to select the one product from our 12 Products of the Month that they thought was the most significant new introduction to the design engineering...

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Aerial Platform Supports Development of Lightweight Sensors for UAVs

A research team at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) is developing an airborne testing capability for sensors, communications devices and other airborne payloads. This aerial test bed, called the GTRI Airborne Unmanned Sensor System (GAUSS), is based on an unmanned...

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NASA Research Planes Will Help Improve Air Quality Knowledge

Residents in California's San Joaquin Valley will see some unusual air traffic over their region that is designed to some day help improve the air all of us breathe. Two NASA research planes will fly between Bakersfield and Fresno - one as close as 1,000 feet to the ground – to...

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Strong, Light, Glass Nanofibers Could Impact Aviation Industry

The University of Southampton (UK) is pioneering research into developing the strongest silica nanofibers in the world. Globally, the quest has been on to find ultra-high-strength composites, leading scientists to investigate light, ultra-high-strength nanowires that are not...

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Spray-Coated Image Sensors Increase Light Sensitivity

Researchers from Technische Universität München (TUM) have developed a new generation of image sensors that are more sensitive to light than the conventional silicon versions.

They consist of electrically conductive plastics, which are sprayed on to the sensor surface in an ultra-thin...

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Sensor System Uses Metamaterial 'Lens' to Image Scenes

Duke University engineers have developed a novel sensor for airport security scanners and collision avoidance systems. The researchers fabricated a unique metamaterial that acts as a “lens” to image scenes using fewer components than conventional detectors. Because of the properties of...

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Nanoscale Coating Repels Liquids

A nanoscale coating repels the broadest range of liquids of any material in its class, causing them to bounce off the treated surface, according to the University of Michigan engineering researchers who developed it. In addition to stain-resistant clothes, the coating could lead to breathable garments to protect...

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Would You Wear a Pair of "Smart Glasses?"

At this year's Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas, Vuzix Smart Glasses won top honors in the Wireless Handset Accessories category. The technology, worn like ordinary glasses, features a built-in electronic display, allowing users to check email, watch movies, record video in real time, and load...

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Snail Teeth Improve Solar Cells

An assistant professor at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering is using the teeth of a marine snail found off the coast of California to create less costly and more efficient nanoscale materials to improve solar cells and lithium-ion batteries.

David Kisailus, an assistant...

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Polymer Film Harvests Energy from Water Vapor

MIT engineers have created a new polymer film that can generate electricity by drawing on a ubiquitous source: water vapor. The new material changes its shape after absorbing tiny amounts of evaporated water, allowing it to repeatedly curl up and down. Harnessing this continuous motion could drive...

Tiny sensors – made of a potentially trailblazing material just one atom thick and heralded as the “next best thing” since the invention of silicon – are now being...

INSIDER Product: Electronics & Computers
TVS Diode Arrays

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has expanded its SP1005 and SP1007 Series General Purpose TVS Diode Arrays (SPA® Devices) with two new 0402 size devices designed to offer modern integrated circuits (ICs) better protection...

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Signal Generator

Anritsu Company (Richardson, TX) introduces the MG3740A analog signal generator that outputs AM/FM/ΦM test signals for evaluation of narrowband analog radio equipment used in public safety networks and private commercial...

INSIDER Product: Electronics & Computers
AC-DC Power Supplies

CUI Inc (Tualatin, OR) has announced the release of five new series of encapsulated AC-DC power supplies ranging from 5 W to 25 W. The VSK-T family is housed in a potted and encapsulated chassis mount package. The units...

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Ultra-Low Power Converter

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (Dallas, TX) has introduced the industry’s lowest power DC/DC step-down converter, which increases the amount of harvested energy an end application can use by as much as 70...

The silicon semiconductor’s days as the king of microchips for computers and smart devices could be numbered, thanks to the development of the smallest transistor...

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NASA Robots Simulate Refueling in Space

During five days of operations, controllers from NASA and the Canadian Space Agency will use the space station's remotely operated Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator, or Dextre, robot to simulate robotic refueling in space. The team also will demonstrate tools, technologies and techniques that could one...

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