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Optical Lace Gives Robots a Soft Touch
Optical Lace Gives Robots a Soft Touch

A synthetic optical lace developed by a Cornell Ph.D. student creates a linked sensory network similar to a biological nervous system. The flexible, porous lattice structure is manufactured from...

Optical Lace Gives Robots a Soft Touch
INSIDER : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Undergrad Engineers Advance Shock Wave Mitigation Research
Undergrad Engineers Advance Shock Wave Mitigation Research

A team of undergrad engineers discovered a method that could make materials more resilient against massive shocks such as earthquakes or explosions. The students tested whether...

Undergrad Engineers Advance Shock Wave Mitigation Research
INSIDER : Materials
Nanowire Arrays Could Improve Solar Cells
Nanowire Arrays Could Improve Solar Cells

Transparent electrodes are a critical component of solar cells and electronic displays. To collect electricity in a solar cell or inject electricity for a display, you need a conductive contact, like...

Nanowire Arrays Could Improve Solar Cells
INSIDER : Medical
Conventional Imaging Lessons Let Scientists See Around Corners
Conventional Imaging Lessons Let Scientists See Around Corners

Along with flying and invisibility, high on the list of every child’s aspirational superpowers is the ability to see through or around walls or other visual obstacles. That...

Conventional Imaging Lessons Let Scientists See Around Corners
INSIDER : Photonics/Optics
Nano-Particles Used to Increase Power, Improve Eye Safety of Fiber Lasers
Nano-Particles Used to Increase Power, Improve Eye Safety of Fiber Lasers

Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory have devised a new process for using nano-particles to build powerful lasers that are more efficient and safer for...

Nano-Particles Used to Increase Power, Improve Eye Safety of Fiber Lasers
INSIDER : Photonics/Optics
New Products: September 2019 Photonics & Imaging Insider

Diffraction-Limited Aspheric Lenses

Optical Surfaces Ltd. (Surrey, UK) is an international supplier of diffraction-limited aspheric lenses for nuclear research laser facilities. Over the last 40 years, Optical Surfaces has produced diffraction-limited aspheric lenses, up to 600mm...

INSIDER : Software
Sandia Helps Puerto Rico Grid Resilience with Microgrid Designs
Sandia Helps Puerto Rico Grid Resilience with Microgrid Designs

The days and weeks following a natural disaster are a critical time for residents, emergency response teams, and government entities to recover and rebuild infrastructure....

Sandia Helps Puerto Rico Grid Resilience with Microgrid Designs
INSIDER : Energy
Artificial Intelligence Could Help Data Centers Run Far More Efficiently
Artificial Intelligence Could Help Data Centers Run Far More Efficiently

A novel system developed by MIT researchers automatically “learns” how to schedule data-processing operations across thousands of servers — a task traditionally...

Artificial Intelligence Could Help Data Centers Run Far More Efficiently
INSIDER : Power
New Power Supply Control Method Significantly Increases the Service Life of End Devices
New Power Supply Control Method Significantly Increases the Service Life of End Devices

From the charging unit for a smartphone to the power supply of a laptop or washing machine to LED lights or the charging station for an electric car —...

New Power Supply Control Method Significantly Increases the Service Life of End Devices
INSIDER : Design
A New Electrolyte for Lithium-Metal Batteries
A New Electrolyte for Lithium-Metal Batteries

Improvements to a class of battery electrolyte first introduced in 2017 — liquefied gas electrolytes — could pave the way to a high-impact and long-sought advance for rechargeable batteries:...

A New Electrolyte for Lithium-Metal Batteries
Question of the Week : Defense
Beyond Camouflage, Do You See Other Applications for Artificial ‘Chameleon Skin?’

A Cambridge University team developed an artificial "chameleon skin" that changes color when exposed to light. The material supports a range of applications, including active camouflage, large-scale dynamic displays, and maybe even medical diagnostics.

INSIDER : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Wearable Motion Sensors Could Save Unborn Babies
Wearable Motion Sensors Could Save Unborn Babies

A technique was developed that could allow expectant parents to hear their baby’s heartbeat continuously at home with a non-invasive and safe device that is potentially more accurate than...

Wearable Motion Sensors Could Save Unborn Babies
INSIDER : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Mini Stretchable Pump for Soft Robots
Mini Stretchable Pump for Soft Robots

Most soft robots are actuated by rigid, noisy pumps that push fluids into the machines’ moving parts. Because they are connected to these bulky pumps by tubes, these robots have limited autonomy and...

Mini Stretchable Pump for Soft Robots
INSIDER : Nanotechnology
Scientists Have Visualized the Electronic Structure in a Microelectronic Device
Scientists Have Visualized the Electronic Structure in a Microelectronic Device

Scientists have visualized the electronic structure in a microelectronic device for the first time, opening up opportunities for finely tuned, high-performance...

Scientists Have Visualized the Electronic Structure in a Microelectronic Device
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Convert Power Faster and More Efficiently
Convert Power Faster and More Efficiently

University of Illinois electrical engineers have used beta-gallium oxide to clear another hurdle in high-power semiconductor fabrication. Beta-gallium oxide is readily available and promises to...

Convert Power Faster and More Efficiently
INSIDER : Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Sensor Network Reveals Telltale Patterns in Neighborhood Air Quality
New Sensor Network Reveals Telltale Patterns in Neighborhood Air Quality

Black carbon, commonly known as soot, is a significant contributor to global warming and is strongly linked to adverse health outcomes. Produced by the incomplete...

New Sensor Network Reveals Telltale Patterns in Neighborhood Air Quality
INSIDER : Imaging
Tiny Laser is an Important Step Toward New Sensors
Tiny Laser is an Important Step Toward New Sensors

In a major step toward developing portable scanners that can rapidly measure molecules in pharmaceuticals or classify tissue in patients’ skin, researchers have created an imaging system...

Tiny Laser is an Important Step Toward New Sensors
INSIDER : Motion Control
Tiny “Walking” Motor Made with Five Parts
Tiny “Walking” Motor Made with Five Parts

A new approach developed at MIT to building robots is based on a set of five millimeter-scale components, all of which can be attached to each other by a standard connector. Using this simple kit...

Tiny “Walking” Motor Made with Five Parts
INSIDER : Motion Control
MEMS Accelerometer Begins with Multi-Layer Metal Structures
MEMS Accelerometer Begins with Multi-Layer Metal Structures

A high-sensitivity and low-noise MEMS accelerometer was developed using multi-layer metal structures composed of multiple metal layers. The accelerometer achieves 1 µG level...

MEMS Accelerometer Begins with Multi-Layer Metal Structures
INSIDER : Photonics/Optics
New Products: July 2019 Photonics & Imaging Insider
New Products: July 2019 Photonics & Imaging Insider

Blue Pulsed Laser Diode Module

OSI Laser Diode (LDI) (Edison, NJ) launched a blue 450-nm pulsed laser diode module that includes an electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection...

New Products: July 2019 Photonics & Imaging Insider
INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
Using Light Waves to Enable Ultrafast Quantum Computing
Using Light Waves to Enable Ultrafast Quantum Computing

Jigang Wang patiently explained his latest discovery in quantum control that could lead to superfast computing based on quantum mechanics. He mentioned light-induced superconductivity...

Using Light Waves to Enable Ultrafast Quantum Computing
INSIDER : Photonics/Optics
How to Bend Light Waves in the Right Place
How to Bend Light Waves in the Right Place

In free space, the light wave of a laser beam spreads on an exactly straight line. Under certain circumstances, however, a much more complicated behavior occurs. If the movement of the wave is...

How to Bend Light Waves in the Right Place
INSIDER : Photonics/Optics
Russian Engineers Prepare to ‘Light Up’ a Lamp Revolution
Russian Engineers Prepare to ‘Light Up’ a Lamp Revolution

Researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences have designed and tested a prototype...

Russian Engineers Prepare to ‘Light Up’ a Lamp Revolution
INSIDER : Robotics, Automation & Control
Tool Tells Robots Where Nearby Humans are Headed
Tool Tells Robots Where Nearby Humans are Headed

On a factory floor, robots are programmed to stop momentarily if a person passes by. The robot often freezes in place long before a person crosses its path. While robots can predict where a...

Tool Tells Robots Where Nearby Humans are Headed
INSIDER : Energy
Flexible Generators Turn Movement into Energy
Flexible Generators Turn Movement into Energy

Wearable devices that harvest energy from movement are not a new idea, but a material created at Rice University may make them more practical.

Flexible Generators Turn Movement into Energy
INSIDER : Power
Release of Solar Panel Dataset Helps Cities Make Power Grids Safer and More Reliable
Release of Solar Panel Dataset Helps Cities Make Power Grids Safer and More Reliable

Solar power researchers have traditionally only used the power measurements from single residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to estimate the power...

Release of Solar Panel Dataset Helps Cities Make Power Grids Safer and More Reliable
INSIDER : Energy
Clean Fuel Cells Could Be Cheap Enough to Replace Gas Engines in Vehicles
Clean Fuel Cells Could Be Cheap Enough to Replace Gas Engines in Vehicles

Advancements in zero-emission fuel cells could make the technology cheap enough to replace traditional gasoline engines in vehicles, according to researchers at the...

Clean Fuel Cells Could Be Cheap Enough to Replace Gas Engines in Vehicles
INSIDER : Power
Winter Could Pose Solar Farm ‘Ramping’ Problem for Power Grid
Winter Could Pose Solar Farm ‘Ramping’ Problem for Power Grid

By adding utility-scale solar farms throughout New York state, summer electricity demand from conventional sources could be reduced by up to 9.6% in some places. But Cornell...

Winter Could Pose Solar Farm ‘Ramping’ Problem for Power Grid
INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
Increase Processing Capacity Without Adding Transistors
Increase Processing Capacity Without Adding Transistors

Computers and similar electronic devices have gotten faster and smaller over the decades as computer-chip makers have learned how to shrink individual transistors. Scientists’ pursuit...

Increase Processing Capacity Without Adding Transistors
INSIDER : Materials
Breakthrough in Stretchable Electronics
Breakthrough in Stretchable Electronics

With a wide range of healthcare, energy, and military applications, stretchable electronics are valued for their ability to be compressed, twisted and conformed to uneven surfaces without losing...

Breakthrough in Stretchable Electronics
Question of the Week
Would You Cook with ‘Julia?’