Question of the Week : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Would You Cook with ‘Julia?’

Last week, we highlighted five CES 2020 technologies that are adding intelligence to everyday aspects of the home. One featured “Smart Home” technology included “Julia,” an all-in-one cooker that performs a variety of kitchen tasks: chopping, whisking, steaming, weighing ingredients, and even kneading...

Blog : Electronics & Computers
A Boost for Aqueous Lithium Ion-Batteries: Adding an Oxide
A Boost for Aqueous Lithium Ion-Batteries: Adding an Oxide
To improve the aqueous lithium-ion battery, RPI researchers tried out niobium tungsten oxide.
A Boost for Aqueous Lithium Ion-Batteries: Adding an Oxide
Blog : Sensors/Data Acquisition
3D Printing and Space Exploration: How NASA Will Use Additive Manufacturing
3D Printing and Space Exploration: How NASA Will Use Additive Manufacturing
NASA is using the International Space Station as a testbed for 3D printing.
3D Printing and Space Exploration: How NASA Will Use Additive Manufacturing
Question of the Week : Aerospace
Would You Ride in a Flying Car?

A flying car, also known as a rotable aircraft, is something that inventors have been dreaming about for a very long time. Stuck in traffic? Just take-off and get out of there.

Blog : Aerospace
CES 2020: NASA Arrives, Ready to Partner Up
CES 2020: NASA Arrives, Ready to Partner Up
NASA came to CES with a message: We're going back to the Moon, and we'll need help from industry to do it.
CES 2020: NASA Arrives, Ready to Partner Up
Blog : Transportation
CES 2020: The Pegasus Flying Car Takes Off…Quietly
CES 2020: The Pegasus Flying Car Takes Off…Quietly
Stuck in traffic? The Pegasus flying car can get you out of there.
CES 2020: The Pegasus Flying Car Takes Off…Quietly
Blog : Manufacturing & Prototyping
CES 2020: A High-Tech Wine Dispenser and More Arrivals to the Smart Home
CES 2020: A High-Tech Wine Dispenser and More Arrivals to the Smart Home
Here are five technologies that aim to add intelligence to the most surprising household objects.
CES 2020: A High-Tech Wine Dispenser and More Arrivals to the Smart Home
Question of the Week : Imaging
Will We Use Satellites to Fix Satellites?

A recent INSIDER described one researcher’s idea to fix a broken satellite: Send up a repair satellite! Read the Tech Briefs Q&A for details.

Blog : Robotics, Automation & Control
A 'DEAnsect' Robot Takes 10 Hits from a Fly Swatter – And Survives
A 'DEAnsect' Robot Takes 10 Hits from a Fly Swatter – And Survives
A fun way to show the robustness of a soft robot? Swat it.
A 'DEAnsect' Robot Takes 10 Hits from a Fly Swatter – And Survives
Blog : Materials
Answering Your Questions: How to Confirm Metal 3D Printing Accuracy and Quality
Answering Your Questions: How to Confirm Metal 3D Printing Accuracy and Quality
As additive manufacturing supports the creation of critical metal parts, designers need to know that the parts are high-quality.
Answering Your Questions: How to Confirm Metal 3D Printing Accuracy and Quality
Question of the Week : Materials
Can Gels Stop Wildfires?

A preventive treatment developed by Stanford researchers could greatly reduce the incidence and severity of wildfires. The cellulose-based, gel-like fluid protects against fires and stays on target vegetation through rain, wind, and other environmental exposure. Watch the demo on Tech Briefs TV.

Blog : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
How to Fix Satellites — With Satellites
How to Fix Satellites — With Satellites
If a satellite breaks in orbit, there's not much that can be done. A professor envisions a new idea for refueling and repair.
How to Fix Satellites — With Satellites
Blog : Electronics & Computers
Countdown: The Top Stories of 2019
Countdown: The Top Stories of 2019

Tech Briefs in 2019 celebrated historic NASA anniversaries, new ways to power electronics, and innovative hacks of our “smartest” technologies.

Countdown: The Top Stories of 2019
INSIDER : Robotics, Automation & Control
Intelligent Microrobot Moves Without A Visible Force

Researchers developed a microrobot that measures a few micrometers across and resembles a paper bird made with origami. It flaps its wings or bends its neck and retracts its head via magnetism. The movements take place within milliseconds; programming of the nanomagnets only takes a few...

INSIDER : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Big Plans to Save the Planet Depend on Nanoscopic Materials Improving Energy Storage
Big Plans to Save the Planet Depend on Nanoscopic Materials Improving Energy Storage

The challenge of building an energy future that preserves and improves the planet is a massive undertaking. Scientists and politicians have recognized the...

Big Plans to Save the Planet Depend on Nanoscopic Materials Improving Energy Storage
INSIDER : Nanotechnology
Highly Sensitive Diode, Converts Microwaves to Usable Electricity
Highly Sensitive Diode, Converts Microwaves to Usable Electricity

A highly sensitive rectifying element in the form of a nanowire backward diode can convert low-power 100 nanowatt microwaves into usable electricity. The newly developed diode...

Highly Sensitive Diode, Converts Microwaves to Usable Electricity
Question of the Week : Transportation
Will ‘Unbreakable Batteries’ Find a Place in Electronics and Vehicles?

Increasingly, lithium-ion batteries are supporting portable electronics, electric vehicles, and grid storage.

INSIDER : Green Design & Manufacturing
A New Concept for More Sustainable Batteries
A New Concept for More Sustainable Batteries

A new concept for an aluminum battery has twice the energy density as previous versions, is made of abundant materials, and could lead to reduced production costs and environmental impact. The...

A New Concept for More Sustainable Batteries
Blog : Materials
Answering Your Questions: How is a Parylene Conformal Coating Used?
Answering Your Questions: How is a Parylene Conformal Coating Used?
Parylene coatings are being used in the medical industry and even space. Our expert explains why.
Answering Your Questions: How is a Parylene Conformal Coating Used?
News : Wearables
Stretchable and Flexible Biofuel Cell Runs on Sweat
Stretchable and Flexible Biofuel Cell Runs on Sweat

A unique new flexible and stretchable device, worn against the skin and capable of producing electrical energy by transforming the compounds present in sweat, has been developed and...

Stretchable and Flexible Biofuel Cell Runs on Sweat
News : Medical
Reconfigurable Electronics Offer Promise for Implantable Devices
Reconfigurable Electronics Offer Promise for Implantable Devices

Medical implants of the future may feature reconfigurable electronic platforms that can morph in shape and size dynamically as bodies change or transform to relocate from one...

Reconfigurable Electronics Offer Promise for Implantable Devices
News : Electronics & Computers
Soft Wearable Health Monitor Uses Stretchable Electronics
Soft Wearable Health Monitor Uses Stretchable Electronics

A wireless, wearable monitor built with stretchable electronics could allow comfortable, long-term health monitoring of adults, babies, and small children without concern for skin...

Soft Wearable Health Monitor Uses Stretchable Electronics
Blog : Materials
In High Temperatures, A New Class of Ceramics Controls Heat Radiation
In High Temperatures, A New Class of Ceramics Controls Heat Radiation
New ceramics expand on ways to more efficiently use heat radiation.
In High Temperatures, A New Class of Ceramics Controls Heat Radiation
INSIDER : Sensors/Data Acquisition
MIT Researchers Employ Low-Cost Sensors to Detect and Track the Origins of Air Pollutants in India.
MIT Researchers Employ Low-Cost Sensors to Detect and Track the Origins of Air Pollutants in India.

At any moment in Delhi, India, a resident might start their car, releasing exhaust that floats into the atmosphere. In northwest India, a...

MIT Researchers Employ Low-Cost Sensors to Detect and Track the Origins of Air Pollutants in India.
INSIDER : Nanotechnology
3D-Printed Plastics with High Performance Electrical Circuits
3D-Printed Plastics with High Performance Electrical Circuits

Rutgers engineers have embedded high performance electrical circuits inside 3D-printed plastics, which could lead to smaller and versatile drones and better-performing small...

3D-Printed Plastics with High Performance Electrical Circuits
INSIDER : Test & Measurement
Compact Depth Sensor Inspired by Spiders
Compact Depth Sensor Inspired by Spiders

Inspired by spiders, researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), have developed a compact and efficient depth sensor that could be used onboard...

Compact Depth Sensor Inspired by Spiders
Question of the Week : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Will Self-Assembling 'M-Blocks' Catch On?

A team at MIT created self-assembling robotic cubes that can climb and roll over each other into set formations.

INSIDER : Materials
New Transistor Nanocrystals Are Smaller, Higher Quality, and More Efficient
New Transistor Nanocrystals Are Smaller, Higher Quality, and More Efficient

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have developed a new method for producing atomically thin semiconducting crystals that could one day enable more powerful and...

New Transistor Nanocrystals Are Smaller, Higher Quality, and More Efficient
Blog : Sensors/Data Acquisition
A Breakthrough in Earthquake Forecasting: Floating Buoy Measures Seafloor Motion
A Breakthrough in Earthquake Forecasting: Floating Buoy Measures Seafloor Motion
New measurements could help experts guess the location and size of the next earthquake.
A Breakthrough in Earthquake Forecasting: Floating Buoy Measures Seafloor Motion
Question of the Week : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Will the Ability to Manipulate Virtual Objects in Real-World Scenes Help Your Design and Manufacturing Efforts?

A Tech Briefs TV video this week demonstrated a Brown University system called Portal-ble. The augmented-reality technology allows you to place virtual objects within real-world backgrounds on smartphone screens. Users can then...

Question of the Week
Would You Cook with ‘Julia?’