January 1, 2020 Tech Briefs - January 2020 - Vol. 44 No. 1 Here are links to this issue's Features, Tech Briefs, Products and more. You can download the complete issue, LOGIN TO DOWNLOAD Don't have an account? Sign up here. Subscribe to future issues. SUBSCRIBE Inside this issue Supplements Features Articles In-House PCB Prototyping with Additive Manufacturing Products of Tomorrow: January 2020 Five Techniques for Lightweighting: Doing More With Less Application Briefs NASA's Thirst for Water on Mars Quenched by Student Innovators Q&A Q&A: A Shape-Morphing, Self-Healing Soft Composite 5 Ws 5 Ws of 3D Modeling for the Visually Impaired Facility Focus Facility Focus: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NASA Spinoff Vibration Isolator Steadies Optics for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Tech Briefs Materials Environmental Barrier Coatings for Ceramic Matrix Composites Acoustic Interactions Change Materials at the Atomic Level Design Treatment for Advanced Metals Enables Easier Machining Ruthenium-Doped Thermoelectric Materials Dynamic Mechanical Strain-Induced Temperature Gradient Coating Hardening Lightweight Metal Foams with Nanocoating Machinery & Automation Robotic “Cockroach” Explores Underwater Environments Modular Toolbox Builds Safe Robots Particle Robot Works as a Cluster of Simple Units Microrobot Powered by Soft Muscles Robot Performs Complex Maneuvers Bio-Medical Wirelessly Controlled Ingestible Capsule System Allows Diabetics to Monitor Blood Sugar Without Drawing Blood Micro Device Detects Ebola Virus Using Bio-Sensors Breathable Electronic Skin Using Nanofiber Substrate In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU): Methylotrophic Microorganisms Expressing Soluble Methane Monooxygenase Proteins Sensors/Data Acquisition Shape Sensing Innovations Dramatically Improve Structural Design Tools SiC-Based Microstructures for Sensors Wireless Sensor “Stickers” Track Physiological Signals Magneto-Optic Biosensor Using Bio-Functionalized Magnetic Nanoparticles Embedded Gas and Temperature Sensors for Extreme Environments Aerospace Thin Heat Shield for Superfast Aircraft Flow Disruption Devices for the Reduction of High Lift System Noise Optical Window for Far-IR Instruments Using Thin TOPAS® Film Pinpointing Consumption “Sweet Spot” Makes Formation Flight More Fuel-Efficient CubeSat Form Factor Thermal Control Louvers Environment The Planetary Tides Simulation Facility for Simulation Tidal Strain in Planetary Ice Analogs Chromium Removal from PVC Filters Environmentally Friendly Process for Battery Recycling Catalysis Approach Reduces Carbon Dioxide to Methane Recovery of Mercury and Rare Earth Elements from Fluorescent Lamp Phosphors Power System for Hybrid Heavy-Duty Trucks Viable, Environmentally Friendly Alternative to Polystyrene Foam Process Turns Sand and Plant Materials into a Water Filtration Tool Products Products New on the Market: January 2020 Product of the Month: January 2020 Tech Briefs Photonics & Imaging Technology Briefs Laser-Based System Detects Fires Even in Dusty, Harsh Environments Microchip Produces High-Contrast OCT Imagery Helping Autonomous Vehicles See Around Corners Sandia’s Nanoantennas Help Detectors See More Heat, Less Noise Applications Additive Manufacturing of Precision Optics at Micro and Nanoscale NASA’s BITSE Solar Scope Articles SPIE Photonics West 2020 Preview Blue Lasers: Leveraging Fundamental Physics for High Performance Virtually Optimizing Metasurface Topology with a Genetic Algorithm Products New Products: January 2020 Photonics & Imaging Technology View the discussion thread.