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INSIDER : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Student-Built Satellite Tests 3D Printing

A group of undergrad students at Virginia Tech has built a CubeSat satellite with a 3D-printed side panel that includes temperature gauges to test how the material will hold up in space. The...

INSIDER : Robotics, Automation & Control
AI-Based Human-Friendly Robot

Blue – a low-cost, human-friendly robot – was designed with durable, plastic parts and high-performance motors that total less than $5,000 to manufacture and assemble. Its arms are sensitive to outside...

INSIDER : Aerospace
NASA Selects Space Tech Research Institutes

NASA has selected two new Space Technology Research Institutes (STRIs) to advance space habitat designs using resilient and autonomous systems. The proposals create two multi-disciplinary,...

INSIDER : Semiconductors & ICs
Nanoscale Organic Transistors Tailored for High or Low Current Densities

In the field of inorganic semiconductors, dimensions below 100 nanometers are already standard. However, organic semiconductors have not been able to keep up. In...

INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
Miniature, High-Performance, Low-Cost 5G Transceiver Design

Researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology have devised a strategy to support high-speed mobile data access using the millimeter-wave spectrum for a fifth-generation (5G)...

Motion Design : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Self-Contained Wheel Units Cut Vehicle Costs

Vehicles could be affordably produced for a wide variety of specialized purposes using a self-contained wheel unit that combines a wheel and an electric motor with braking, suspension, steering,...

Motion Design : Robotics, Automation & Control
Robots Quickly Track Moving Objects with Precision

Robots using a system of RFID tags can locate tagged objects within 7.5 milliseconds on average with an error of less than a centimeter. TurboTrack could replace computer vision for some robotic tasks.

INSIDER : Test & Measurement
Cancer Probe Could Spot Deadly Melanoma Early

Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is diagnosed in more than 130,000 people globally every year. Now, work is being done on a tool to help in its early detection: a simple, compact...

INSIDER : Aerospace
NASA Wants Student Ideas for Human Space Missions

The 2020 eXploration Systems and Habitation (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge supports NASA’s efforts to develop technologies and capabilities that will enhance the human exploration of...

INSIDER : Materials
Materials Delay Frost 300 Times Longer Than Anti-Icing Coatings

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago discovered several unique properties of materials known as phase-switching liquids (PSLs) that hold promise as...

INSIDER : RF & Microwave Electronics
Converting Wi-Fi Signals to Electricity with New 2-D Materials

Devices that convert AC electromagnetic waves into DC electricity are known as “rectennas.” MIT Researchers have demonstrated a new kind of rectenna, that uses a flexible...

INSIDER : Energy
Red Phosphorus Barrier Keeps Batteries Safe

Researchers at Rice University have made test cells for lithium metal batteries with a coat of red phosphorus on the separator that keeps the anode and cathode electrodes apart. The phosphorus acts...

INSIDER : Power
New Air-Cooling System for Power Plants Conserves Water

Most power plants in the United States are built alongside bodies of water to meet the demands of their cooling systems. Some of that water is lost through evaporation in cooling...

INSIDER : Energy
Expanding the Use of Silicon in Batteries — By Preventing Electrodes from Expanding

Researchers from Drexel University say that adding MXene to silicon anodes could extend the life of Li-ion batteries by as much as five times. It’s able...

Briefs : Motion Control
Speedy Motor Modeling

Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists have created open source software that scales up analysis of motor designs to run on the fastest computers available.

INSIDER : Motion Control
Walking Robot Moves Without GPS

Ants are able to use polarized light and ultraviolet radiation to locate themselves in space. AntBot mimics this ability to explore its environment randomly and go home automatically, without GPS or...

INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
Computer Chip Vulnerabilities Discovered

A Washington State University research team has uncovered significant and previously unknown vulnerabilities in high-performance computer chips that could lead to failures in modern electronics. The...

INSIDER : Sensors/Data Acquisition
A Wireless, Battery-Free, Biodegradable Blood Flow Sensor

A new device developed by Stanford University researchers could make it easier for doctors to monitor the success of blood vessel surgery. The sensor monitors the flow of blood...

INSIDER : Semiconductors & ICs
Innovative Technique Could Pave the Way for New Generation of Flexible Electronic Components

The quest to develop microelectronic devices with increasingly smaller size, which underpins the progress of the global semiconductor industry has...

INSIDER : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Ultraviolet Light Controls Fluid Flow

A simple, inexpensive method uses ultraviolet light to control particle motion and assembly within liquids. The method encourages particles to gather and organize at a specific location within a liquid...

INSIDER : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D-Printed Soft Mesh Robots Move on Water

North Carolina State created 3D-printed flexible mesh structures that can be controlled with applied magnetic fields while floating on water. The structures can grab small objects and carry water...

INSIDER : Materials
NASA Investigates Ultrafast Laser Machining for Spaceflight Applications

An ultrafast laser that fires pulses of light just 100 millionths of a nanosecond in duration could potentially revolutionize the way NASA technicians manufacture and...

INSIDER : Photonics/Optics
New Algorithm Can More Quickly Predict LED Materials

Researchers from the University of Houston have devised a new machine learning algorithm that is efficient enough to run on a personal computer and predict the properties of more than...

INSIDER : Photonics/Optics
New Products: January 2019 Photonics & Imaging Insider

GigE Vision Interface

Pleora Technologies (Ottawa, Canada) introduced the imaging market’s first external frame grabber that converts Sony FCB-EV7520A block cameras into GigE...

INSIDER : Materials
Detecting Light in a Different Dimension

Scientists from the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) — a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility at Brookhaven National Laboratory — have dramatically improved the...

INSIDER : Motion Control
InSight Measures Motion on Mars
NASA’s InSight lander has provided the first ever "sounds" of Martian winds on the Red Planet. Sensors captured a haunting low rumble caused by vibrations from the wind, estimated to be blowing between 10 to...
INSIDER : Medical
Artificial Joint Restores Wrist-Like Movements

A new artificial joint restores important wrist-like movements to forearm amputees. In the new joint, an implant is placed into each of the two bones of the forearm and a wrist-like artificial...

INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
Faster-Charging, Safer Batteries

Imagine a world where cell phones and laptops can be charged in a matter of minutes instead of hours, rolled up and stored in your pocket, or dropped without sustaining any damage. It is possible, but the...

INSIDER : Energy
New fuel cell concept brings biological design to better electricity generation

Fuel cells generate electricity directly from hydrogen and oxygen and produce only water vapor as emissions. But most fuel cells are too expensive, inefficient,...

INSIDER : Propulsion
Plane Flies with No Moving Parts

Since the first airplane took flight, virtually every aircraft has flown with the help of moving parts such as propellers, turbine blades, or fans that produce a persistent, whining buzz. MIT has built the...

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