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Blockage Detection System Could Prevent Aircraft Accidents
Blockage Detection System Could Prevent Aircraft Accidents

Acoustic methods have been used for detecting blockages in pipes for many years. Researchers set out to discover if similar methods could be used for real aircraft Pitot tubes, which...

Blockage Detection System Could Prevent Aircraft Accidents
INSIDER : Energy
"Green" Device Generates Electricity from Motion
"Green" Device Generates Electricity from Motion

A wireless triboelectric nanogenerator (W-TENG) generates electricity from motion and vibrations. It consists of a biodegradeable polymer and graphene. When the two materials are brought...

"Green" Device Generates Electricity from Motion
INSIDER : Imaging
Robo-Picker Grasps and Packs
Robo-Picker Grasps and Packs

Engineers from MIT and Princeton University have developed a robotic pick-and-place system that consists of a standard industrial robotic arm outfitted with a custom gripper and suction cup. An "object-agnostic"...

Robo-Picker Grasps and Packs
INSIDER : Aerospace
NASA Demonstrates X-ray Navigation in Space
NASA Demonstrates X-ray Navigation in Space

In a technology first, NASA demonstrated fully autonomous X-ray navigation in space. This technology could work in concert with existing spacecraft-based radio and optical systems.

NASA Demonstrates X-ray Navigation in Space
INSIDER : Materials
Nanotube Fibers Made by Hand to Cut Production Time

A method developed at Rice University allows researchers to make short lengths of strong, conductive fibers from small samples of bulk nanotubes in about an hour. It can take grams of material and weeks of effort to optimize the process of spinning continuous fibers, but the new method cuts...

News : Defense
Drones Learn Autonomous Flying by Imitating Cars and Bikes
Drones Learn Autonomous Flying by Imitating Cars and Bikes

The algorithm DroNet allows drones to fly completely by themselves through the streets of a city and in indoor environments. It produces two outputs for each single input image: a...

Drones Learn Autonomous Flying by Imitating Cars and Bikes
INSIDER : Robotics, Automation & Control
Electric Propulsion for Nanorobots
Electric Propulsion for Nanorobots

Scientists have developed a novel electric propulsion technology for nanorobots. Traditional nanobots take minutes to carry out actions, sometimes even hours. Therefore, efficient molecular assembly lines...

Electric Propulsion for Nanorobots
INSIDER : Materials
Addition of Tin Boosts Nanoparticle’s Photoluminescence
Addition of Tin Boosts Nanoparticle’s Photoluminescence

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have developed germanium nanoparticles with improved photoluminescence, making them potentially better materials for...

Addition of Tin Boosts Nanoparticle’s Photoluminescence
INSIDER : Materials
Changes Inside Hybrid Perovskite Crystals Give Clues to Improving Solar Cells
Changes Inside Hybrid Perovskite Crystals Give Clues to Improving Solar Cells

A team of researchers led by the University of California San Diego has for the first time observed nanoscale changes deep inside hybrid perovskite crystals that...

Changes Inside Hybrid Perovskite Crystals Give Clues to Improving Solar Cells
INSIDER : Imaging
Software Captures Hyperspectral Images and Video on Standard Cameras
Software Captures Hyperspectral Images and Video on Standard Cameras

New software developed by BGU researchers enables standard cameras to capture hyperspectral images and video, which is a faster and more cost-efficient approach than...

Software Captures Hyperspectral Images and Video on Standard Cameras
INSIDER : RF & Microwave Electronics
Radar Sees Through Walls – By Seeking Symmetry
Radar Sees Through Walls – By Seeking Symmetry
Using a narrow band of microwave frequencies, researchers at Duke University found a new way to see on the other side of the wall.
Radar Sees Through Walls – By Seeking Symmetry
INSIDER : Materials
Taming Vortices – Polymers Ease Fluid Flow
Taming Vortices – Polymers Ease Fluid Flow

A vortex in the atmosphere can churn with enough power to create a typhoon. But more subtle vortices form constantly in nature. Many of them are too small to be seen with the naked eye....

Taming Vortices – Polymers Ease Fluid Flow
INSIDER : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Printing a Better Actuator
Printing a Better Actuator

One technology uses magnetic fields to generate mechanical work. The other enhances the magnetic properties of 3D-printed materials. Combined, they could lead to efficient, economical production of magnetic...

Printing a Better Actuator
INSIDER : Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Motion Sensors Enable Low-Cost Wearables

Researchers from Florida State University developed a class of motion sensors made using buckypaper. The new technology is versatile, and the sensors are affordable to print.

INSIDER : Motion Control
Magnetic System Turns Heat into Motion

Scientists at the University of Exeter have discovered a technique to transform ambient heat into motion in nanoscale devices. This thermal ratchet is made from a material known as “artificial spin ice,” which comprises a number of tiny nanomagnets made of the nickel-iron alloy Permalloy, and which are...

INSIDER : Materials
Prototype Shows How Tiny Photodetectors Can Double Their Efficiency
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...

Prototype Shows How Tiny Photodetectors Can Double Their Efficiency
INSIDER : Photonics/Optics
‘Twisted’ Light Could Illuminate New Path for Wireless Communications
‘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...

‘Twisted’ Light Could Illuminate New Path for Wireless Communications
INSIDER : Photonics/Optics
Scientists Develop Extreme Light Trapping Technology
Scientists Develop Extreme Light Trapping Technology

A silicon solar cell harvests the energy of the sun as light travels down through light-absorbent silicon. To reduce weight and cost, solar cells are thin, and while silicon absorbs...

Scientists Develop Extreme Light Trapping Technology
INSIDER : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Technique Produces Wearable Gas Sensors

A transfer technique could allow high-performance gallium nitride gas sensors to be grown on sapphire substrates and then transferred to metallic or flexible polymer support materials. The process doubles their sensitivity to nitrogen dioxide gas, and boosts response time by a factor of six.

INSIDER : Test & Measurement
New Way to Test Body Armor
New Way to Test Body Armor

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new way to investigate the high-performance fibers used in modern body armor. The testing of soft body armor has been a big...

New Way to Test Body Armor
INSIDER : Materials
Soft Sensor Material Enables Tactile Technology

iSoft, a new type of soft and stretchable sensor, is capable of sensing in real time, and can perform “multimodal” sensing of stimuli such as continuous contact and stretching in all directions. It does not require wiring or electronics within the material.

INSIDER : Energy
New Solar Power Receivers are Better at Absorbing Sunlight
New Solar Power Receivers are Better at Absorbing Sunlight

Sandia National Laboratories engineers have developed new fractal-like, concentrating solar power receivers for small- to medium-scale use that are up to 20 percent more effective at...

New Solar Power Receivers are Better at Absorbing Sunlight
INSIDER : Energy
Asphalt Helps Batteries Charge Faster
Asphalt Helps Batteries Charge Faster

A touch of asphalt may be the secret to creating high-capacity lithium metal batteries that charge 10 to 20 times faster than commercial lithium-ion batteries, according to Rice University scientists. In...

Asphalt Helps Batteries Charge Faster
INSIDER : Energy
Body Energy as a Power Source
Body Energy as a Power Source

Smartphones, fitness trackers, and medical equipment have a constant hunger for power. The solution: power supply by means of energy produced by body movements. Two systems that meet this requirement were...

Body Energy as a Power Source
INSIDER : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Soft Robotic Gripper Manipulates Objects Without Training
Soft Robotic Gripper Manipulates Objects Without Training

An engineering team at the University of California San Diego has designed and built a gripper that can pick up and manipulate objects without needing to see them and without being...

Soft Robotic Gripper Manipulates Objects Without Training
INSIDER : Robotics, Automation & Control
Vacuum System Powers Modular Soft Robot

Researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have created the first functional robot powered entirely by vacuum. It is made up of soft building blocks that move by having air sucked out of them. The robot can be reconfigured to perform different tasks, like climbing...

INSIDER : Robotics, Automation & Control
Multi-Legged Robot Reconfigures in Real Time
Multi-Legged Robot Reconfigures in Real Time

Scientists at Disney Research, Pittsburgh, PA have developed a modular, reconfigurable legged robot named Snapbot that can move forward, interact with its environment, and perform other tasks...

Multi-Legged Robot Reconfigures in Real Time
INSIDER : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Breathalyzer Replaces Blood Test

In the future, breathalyzers will not just be used by police checking for alcohol intoxication, but also for testing the condition of athletes, and for people who want to lose weight. When exactly the body begins burning fat can now be determined by analyzing, for example, biomarkers in the blood or urine....

INSIDER : Test & Measurement
Measuring Volcanic Emissions from Space
Measuring Volcanic Emissions from Space

Before volcanoes erupt, there are often warning signs. Using remote sensing to detect rising carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide emissions without endangering people or equipment would greatly increase...

Measuring Volcanic Emissions from Space
INSIDER : Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Generation of Fluorescence-Based Sensors

Researchers have designed and tested a series of plasmonic nanoantenna arrays that could lead to the development of a new generation of ultrasensitive and low-cost fluorescence sensors that could be used to monitor water quality.

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