Special Coverage

NASA Supercomputer Simulations Reveal 'Noisy' Aerodynamics
Robotic Gripper Cleans Up Space Debris
Soft Robot “Walks” on Any Terrain
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Using Microwaves to Produce High-Quality Graphene
Transducer-Actuator Systems for On-Machine Measurements and Automatic Part Alignment
Wide-Area Surveillance Using HD LWIR Uncooled Sensors
Heavy Lift Wing in Ground (WIG) Cargo Flying Boat
Technique Provides Security for Multi-Robot Systems
Bringing New Vision to Laser Material Processing Systems
NASA Tests Lasers’ Ability to Transmit Data from Space

When to 3D Print In House and When to Outsource

Rapid prototyping with 3D printing helps teams communicate with stakeholders and ultimately results in better end products. Download the white paper now if you want more information on:

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Sound-Off: Can Executives Make or Break Your Cybersecurity Program?

In a live presentation last week, Michael G. Morgan revealed what distinguishes a good cybersecurity program from a bad one: support from the top.
Posted in: News, Automotive, Data Acquisition, Sensors
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NASA Supercomputer Simulations Reveal 'Noisy' Aerodynamics

Simulation allows NASA researchers to better understand and predict the changes that contribute to aircraft noise.
Posted in: News, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Mathematical/Scientific Software, Simulation Software, Software
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Connected Vehicles & Cybersecurity: How Government and Industry Are Responding to New IoT Tech & Emerging Threats

Cybersecurity is critical to producing the connected vehicles that consumers demand. With threats evolving as rapidly as the technology integrated into today's vehicles, the industry, academia, and government must take a unified approach to secure our vehicles and the future of our field.

Posted in: On-Demand Webinars, Automotive, Electronics & Computers
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Is It Hot in Here? New Double-Sided Fabric Will Find Your 'Comfortable' Temperature

A reversible fabric from Stanford University could warm up or cool down its wearers, depending on their preference – and which side of the material faces out.

Posted in: News, Coatings & Adhesives, Composites, Materials, Plastics
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Sound-Off: Thermoset Composites vs. Traditional Metals

New plastics are helping automotive manufacturers reduce the weight of their vehicles. But how do thermoset composites stack up against traditional metals? A Tech Briefs reader asks our automotive expert.
Posted in: News, Automotive, Composites, Materials, Metals, Plastics
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Electric ‘Smart’ Paper Picks Up on Pipe Leaks

Although spills inside a lab can often spell trouble, a University of Washington scientist found a way to turn an accidentally doused conductive material into an inventive new sensor. The lab mishap led to a “smart” paper that conducts electricity and provides wireless detection of water pipe leaks.

Posted in: News, Composites, Materials, Data Acquisition, Detectors, Sensors
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New Products: November 2017 Photonics & Imaging Insider

Laser Confocal Scanning Microscope

The new Olympus (Waltham, MA) LEXT® OLS5000 3D laser confocal scanning microscope delivers precise imaging in a fast, easy-to-use system for research and development and quality control inspection. 4K scanning technology and optics designed specifically for the OLS5000 microscope enable the detection of near-perpendicular features and small steps at close to nano-scale. The system acquires data four times faster and improves the user experience with intuitive software designed to automate many common settings. An expansion frame and a dedicated, long working distance (LWD) lens perform precise measurements on samples up to 210 mm in height and concavities up to 25 mm deep — even those with uneven surface cracks.

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Posted in: Cameras, Displays/Monitors/HMIs, Imaging, Machine Vision, Visualization Software, Sensors, Software
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Prototype Shows How Tiny Photodetectors Can Double Their Efficiency

Physicists at the University of California, Riverside have developed a photodetector by combining two distinct inorganic materials and producing quantum mechanical processes that could revolutionize the way solar energy is collected.

Posted in: INSIDER, Materials, Optics, Photonics, Detectors, Sensors
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‘Twisted’ Light Could Illuminate New Path for Wireless Communications

Scientists have taken an important step towards using ‘twisted’ light as a form of wireless, high-capacity data transmission which could make fiber optics obsolete.

Posted in: INSIDER, Communications, Wireless, Optics, Photonics
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