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.

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


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