Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing

The Controlled Closed-Ecosystem Development System (CCEDS) can be used to develop designs for sustainable, small-scale reproductions of subsets of the Earth’s biosphere and the Orbiting Modular...

Briefs: Materials
The eco-friendly process removes heavy metals, dyes, and other pollutants.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The camera combines lasers, computers, and terahertz waves to see “unseen” details.
Briefs: Materials
The film monitors how well aircraft and spacecraft withstand the mechanical stresses of flight.
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
UAVs can land on moving unmanned ground vehicles without GPS.
Application Briefs: Energy
A mobile robot will go to the South Pole of the Moon — with help from radiation-hardened avionics.
Briefs: Aerospace
The new algorithm could enable fast, nimble drones for time-critical operations such as search and rescue.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The portable device can differentiate among bacteria, viruses, and other biothreats.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
This is a novel remote sensing instrument with myriad applications.
5 Ws: Energy
Fibers sewn into fabrics can turn heat from the Sun into energy that could power textile electronics.
UpFront: Wearables
NASA's satellite data reveals the pandemic's effect on our atmosphere, and a team of shoebox-sized rover scouts is prepped for the lunar surface.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Polymer cores redirect light from any source to solar cells.
Briefs: Energy
The approach could advance the potential of high-powered, solid-electrolyte lithium batteries.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A tiny sensor chip records multiple lung and heart signals along with body movements.
Briefs: Automotive
A silicon chip provides a low-cost solution to help machines see the world clearly.
Briefs: Energy
The windows reduce the need for air conditioning and simultaneously generate electricity.
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
The algorithm calculates time-optimal trajectories that fully consider the drones’ limitations.
Briefs: Power
A new anode for aqueous batteries uses seawater as an electrolyte.
Briefs: Materials
Comfortable, form-fitting garments could be used to remotely track patients’ health.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
This technology improves the detection of low-power far-infrared (FIR) signals.
Briefs: Communications
This practical technique uses magnetism to transmit electricity wirelessly to recharge electric cars, robots, or drones.
NASA Spinoff: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Software that monitors astronaut health in space now monitors high-risk patients at home.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The device could help doctors personalize treatments.
Briefs: Energy
The optical-based sensor detects the presence of hydrogen without electronics, making the process much safer.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Sensing and learning can be combined to create novel cameras for artificial intelligence systems.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Learn about a contactless holographic systems for machine, factory, and other rugged industrial applications.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The technology could help improve the reliability and performance of lithium-ion batteries.
INSIDER: Power

A team of materials scientists and chemists has determined the proper stack pressure that lithium metal batteries, or LMBs, need to be subjected...

INSIDER: Energy

As we trend toward more renewables and distributed energy resources (DERs), the design of the electric distribution system itself imposes physical...

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