Chuck Jorgensen, Chief Scientist for Neuro Engineering, Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

Chuck Jorgensen, Chief Scientist for the Neuro Engineering Lab at NASA Ames Research Center, in Moffett Field, CA, currently studies biolelectrical interfacing and the detection of human emotion and visualization. His research in subvocal speech was...

The incandescent light bulb, first commercialized by Thomas Edison in 1879, was a remarkable invention for its day. Edison found that when an electric current was passed through a...

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“Alpha, Golf, November, Echo, Zulu.” “Sierra, Alpha, Golf, Echo, Sierra.” “Lima, Hotel, Yankee.”

It looks like some strange word game, but the...

Using Liquid Metal to Create Ultra-Stretchable Wires

Researchers from North Carolina State University have created conductive wires that can be stretched up to eight times their original length while still functioning. The wires can be used for everything from headphones to phone chargers, and hold potential for use in electronic textiles.

Thought-Controlled Prosthesis Moves With the Mind

The world’s first implantable robotic arm controlled by thoughts is being developed by researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. The new technology helps amputees control an artificial limb in much the same way as their own biological hand or arm, via the person's own nerves...

Jet Engine Technology Will Keep Electronic Devices Cool

Scientists at GE’s global research labs have adapted technology that improves air flow through jet engine compressors for a super-thin cooling device that could lead to new generation of thinner, quieter, and more powerful tablets and laptops. At the heart of the new technology are two...

NASA's Crawler-Transporter Gets Upgrades to Keep Moving

For more than 45 years, two crawler-transporters (CTs) have carried America's human spaceflight program on their backs. At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, one of the CTs has been undergoing a major overhaul to keep the workhorse going for many years to come. With the first phase of...

Researchers Develop Quill-Inspired Adhesives

Researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital now hope to exploit the porcupine quill’s unique properties to develop new types of adhesives, needles, and other medical devices. In a new study, the researchers characterized, for the first time, the forces needed for quills to enter and exit...

Sodium Could Replace Lithium In Rechargeable Batteries

Reza Shahbazian-Yassar thinks sodium might be the next big thing in rechargeable batteries.

The gold standard in the industry right now is the lithium ion battery, which can be recharged hundreds of times and works really well. Its only problem is that it is made with lithium, which...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers
Study Shows Hopping Robots Could Conserve Energy

A new study shows that jumping can be much more complicated than it might seem. In research that could extend the range of future rescue and exploration robots, scientists have found that hopping robots could dramatically reduce their power demands by adopting a unique two-part “stutter jump.”...

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Researchers To Study Concentrated Solar Power Systems

The University of Arizona College of Engineering will lead a $5.5 million, five-year research project, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, to develop more affordable and efficient concentrated solar power systems. Concentrated solar power, or CSP, is generated by mirrors, called...

NASA Researchers Turn Trash into Power

NASA researchers focusing on the difficulties of traveling into deep space have identified an unusual source for fuel that astronauts will be carrying with them anyway: trash. Scientists say there is a good chance that food wrappers, used clothing, scraps, tape, packaging and other garbage accumulated by a...

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If You Could Afford the $750 Million Ticket, Would You Take the Trip?

This week's Question: Using existing hardware as well as specifically designed spacesuits and landers, a new space company called Golden Spike hopes to offer private trips to the Moon before 2020.

Boeing Adapts Innovative Training Technologies to Fighter Jets

Two military aircraft produced by Boeing – the F-15E Eagle and the F/A-18E Super Hornet – now are equipped to train in an environment that puts them at odds against real aircraft and computer-generated enemy threats at the same time. Under a contract with the U.S. Air Force...

Blended Wing Body Research Aircraft Makes 100th Test Flight

The Boeing X-48 Blended Wing Body subscale research aircraft made its 100th flight at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, CA. The unmanned X-48C aircraft was flown on two separate 25-minute flights -- the seventh and eighth flights for the X-48C since it...

Tape-Wrapped "Aeroshells" Cut Cost of Hypersonic Glide Vehicles

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has developed and demonstrated a new process by tape-wrapping large, unique-shaped carbon-carbon aircraft shells, or aeroshells. Aeroshells are formed into a lifting body shape called Hypersonic Glide Vehicles, which are used as the primary...

New research by the Rice University lab of Qianfan Xu has produced a micron- scale spatial light modulator (SLM) like those used in sensing and imaging devices, but with the...

Tufts University School of Engineering researchers have demonstrated silk- based implantable optics that offer significant improvement in tissue imaging while simultaneously enabling photo...

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Laser Line Polarizers

Edmund Optics® (EO) (Barrington, NJ) has introduced new TECHSPEC® High Energy Laser Line Polarizers. These versatile polarizers are used to efficiently polarize high power lasers with greater than 98% transmission of...

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Fluorescence Spectrometer

Edinburgh Photonics (Livingston, UK) recently introduced the FLS980 fluorescence spectrometer for steady state, lifetime and phosphorescence measurements in photophysics, photochemistry, biophysics, biochemistry and...

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Surveillance Cameras

Point Grey (Richmond, BC, Canada) recently announced two new models in its multi-interfaced Zebra2 camera line. The Zebra2 fulfills a growing demand in traffic, surveillance and process monitoring installations that...

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Light Hazard Meter

Gigahertz-Optik’s X1-3 Light Hazard Meter with the XD-45-HUV UV-Hazard Detector, XD-45-HB BLUE-Light Hazard Detector and XD-45-HB-SRT200 FOV & Distance Adapter fulfills the requirements of ANSI/IESNA RP-27.2-00,...

U.S. Manufacturing Needs A Brand Makeover

Today we're pleased to have a guest blog from Eileen Markowitz, president of Thomas Industrial Network.

To engage this new generation of manufacturers, we must restore — and elevate — the perception of manufacturing in America.

When I was growing up, it seemed like everyone believed...

Researchers Use 3D Printer to Make Parts from Moon Rock

Imagine landing on the moon or Mars, putting rocks through a 3-D printer and making something useful – like a needed wrench or replacement part. Three-dimensional fabrication technology, also known as additive manufacturing, allows researchers to produce complex 3-D objects directly from...

Researchers Simulate Arctic Sea Ice and Ocean Circulation

Researchers at MIT have developed a new method for optimally combining models and observations to accurately simulate the seasonal extent of Arctic sea ice and the ocean circulation beneath. The team applied its synthesis method to produce a simulation of the Labrador Sea, off the...

Question of the Week
Will Curiosity Identify Signs of Life on the Red Planet?

When John Grotzinger, project scientist for the Mars Curiosity rover, stated that a recent discovery could be "earthshaking ... one for the history books," many speculated that the rover had discovered organic material, which could indicate life on Mars. NASA has since said that these...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Pattern Generator for Bench Test of Digital Boards

All efforts to develop electronic equipment reach a stage where they need a board test station for each board. The SMAP digital system consists of three board types that interact with each other using interfaces with critical timing. Each board needs to be tested individually before combining...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Feedback Augmented Sub-Ranging (FASR) Quantizer

This innovation is intended to reduce the size, power, and complexity of pipeline analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) that require high resolution and speed along with low power. Digitizers are important components in any application where analog signals (such as light, sound, temperature, etc.)...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
670-GHz Down- and Up-Converting HEMT-Based Mixers

A large category of scientific investigation takes advantage of the interactions of signals in the frequency range from 300 to 1,000 GHz and higher. This includes astronomy and atmospheric science, where spectral observations in this frequency range give information about molecular abundances,...

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