August 1, 2021 Tech Briefs - August 2020 - Vol. 45 No. 8 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 Application Briefs Data Recorders Aid Earth Dust Mission NASA CO₂ Removal System Integrates High-Speed Blower UpFront UpFront: August 2021 Tech Briefs Articles Connections for Control: Communications Interfaces for Position and Motion Sensors Products of Tomorrow: August 2021 Q&A Q&A: Switching Technology Improves Power Grid Efficiency 5 Ws 5 Ws of the Anti-Bacterial Hydrogel Facility Focus Facility Focus: Worcester Polytechnic Institute NASA Spinoff Measuring Moon Dust to Fight Air Pollution Tech Briefs Bio-Medical Machine Learning Helps Detect Gait Problems in Multiple Sclerosis Patients Wearable, All-in-One Health Monitor Nearly Pain-Free Microneedle Patch Reduced Heat Leakage Improves Wearable Health Device Wearable Device Captures Cancer Cells from Blood Materials High-Pressure Soft Lithography for Microtopographical Patterning of Molded Polymers and Composites Carbon Fiber/Carbon Nanotube Yarn Hybrid Reinforcement Coatings Could Improve Traction on Slick Surfaces New Spraying Method for Producing Ceramic Coatings Hybrid Thermoelectric Compound Nanoparticle Gel Unites Oil and Water in Manufacturing-Friendly Approach Fine-Tuning Alloys for High-Temperature Use Sound Waves Power Advances in Smart Materials Mechanics & Machinery Shape Memory Alloy Tubular Structure Standard Water Treatment Eliminates Enveloped Viruses Including Coronavirus Spacecraft Atmosphere Carbon Dioxide Capture via Deposition “Cold Tube” Cools Without Air Conditioning Soft Robotic Gripper Based on Twining Plants Tension Element Damping (TED) with Hydraulics for Large Displacements Periodic Wave Disc Brake Rotor Electronics & Computers Heat-Resilient Silver Circuits for Extreme Electronics High-Mobility Transport Layer Structures for Rhombohedral Si/Ge/SiGe Devices High-Power/Pulsed-Power Electrical Switch High-Temperature Silicon Carbide Op Amps Fabrication Device Powers Wearable Sensors Through Human Motion Lighter Radiation Shielding for Electronics Graphene “Nano-Origami” Creates Tiny Microchips Rad-Hard CMOS Crystal Oscillator Electronic Hardware System Replicates Many Network Architectures Rolled 2D Heterostructures Energy System Identifies Battery Materials for Recycling Process Creates Electrocatalyst for Hydrogen Fuel Cells Stretchable Thermoelectric Generators Stable, Efficient, Anode-Free Sodium Battery Flexible Organic Photovoltaics Ultrahigh-Energy-Density Capacitor Safer, Longer-Lasting, Solid-State Batteries Sustainable Technologies Method Turns Discarded Plastic into Surfactants Solvent-Based Recycling Process Method Recovers Metals from Electronic Waste Pre-Treatment Solution for Water Recovery Desalination Process Removes Toxic Metals Filters from Tree Branches Purify Drinking Water Using Wood Byproducts to Produce Sustainable Bioplastics Organic Material for Next-Generation HVAC Technologies Products New on the Market: August 2021 Product of the Month: August 2021 Tech Briefs Motion Design LOGIN TO DOWNLOAD Subscribe to future issues. SUBSCRIBE Briefs NanoGear Molecular Gear “Flexoelectricity” in Soft Elastomers Could Improve Robot Movement Coiled Linear Actuators for Soft Robotics Soft Mate Lifting Device Shape Memory Alloy (SMA)-Enabled Actuators Articles Bipolar and Unipolar Drives for Stepper Motors: A Comparison Making High-Duty-Cycle Industrial Automation Affordable Basic Pneumatic Circuits Applications Giving Robots Better Moves Back to Basics: Improving Your Drives Investment Products New Products: August 2021 Motion Design Topics: View the discussion thread.