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New Algorithm Can More Quickly Predict LED Materials
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...

New Algorithm Can More Quickly Predict LED Materials
INSIDER : Photonics/Optics
New Products: January 2019 Photonics & Imaging Insider
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...

New Products: January 2019 Photonics & Imaging Insider
INSIDER : Materials
Detecting Light in a Different Dimension
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...

Detecting Light in a Different Dimension
INSIDER : Motion Control
InSight Measures Motion on Mars
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...
InSight Measures Motion on Mars
INSIDER : Medical
Artificial Joint Restores Wrist-Like Movements
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...

Artificial Joint Restores Wrist-Like Movements
INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
Faster-Charging, Safer Batteries
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...

Faster-Charging, Safer Batteries
INSIDER : Energy
New fuel cell concept brings biological design to better electricity generation
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,...

New fuel cell concept brings biological design to better electricity generation
INSIDER : Propulsion
Plane Flies with No Moving Parts
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...

Plane Flies with No Moving Parts
INSIDER : Green Design & Manufacturing
Light it up: Purdue NSF-funded Technology Flips the Switch on the Future for Sustainable Smart Homes and $1.3 Trillion Market
Light it up: Purdue NSF-funded Technology Flips the Switch on the Future for Sustainable Smart Homes and $1.3 Trillion Market

IoT devices need a wireless means of communications to be truly seamless so they can be easily integrated in...

Light it up: Purdue NSF-funded Technology Flips the Switch on the Future for Sustainable Smart Homes and $1.3 Trillion Market
INSIDER : Sensors/Data Acquisition
A Step Toward Personalized, Automated Smart Homes
A Step Toward Personalized, Automated Smart Homes

Developing automated systems that track occupants and self-adapt to their preferences is a major next step for the future of smart homes. When you walk into a room, for instance, a system...

A Step Toward Personalized, Automated Smart Homes
INSIDER : Test & Measurement
Enabling “Internet of Photonic Things” with Miniature Sensors
Enabling “Internet of Photonic Things” with Miniature Sensors

A team of researchers at Washington University in St. Louis was the first to successfully record environmental data using a wireless photonic sensor resonator with a...

Enabling “Internet of Photonic Things” with Miniature Sensors
INSIDER : Materials
Laser-Activated Silk Sealants Outperform Sutures for Tissue Repair
Laser-Activated Silk Sealants Outperform Sutures for Tissue Repair

Tissue repair following injury or during surgery is conventionally performed with sutures and staples, which can cause tissue damage and complications, including infection....

Laser-Activated Silk Sealants Outperform Sutures for Tissue Repair
INSIDER : Imaging
Invention Opens Door to Safer, Less Expensive X-Ray Imaging
Invention Opens Door to Safer, Less Expensive X-Ray Imaging

New lead halide perovskite nanocrystals developed by researchers from NUS Chemistry could soon mean cheaper X-rays and computerized tomography (CT) scans involving lower levels of...

Invention Opens Door to Safer, Less Expensive X-Ray Imaging
INSIDER : Energy
Solar Cell Does Double Duty for Renewable Energy
Solar Cell Does Double Duty for Renewable Energy

In the quest for abundant, renewable alternatives to fossil fuels, scientists have sought to harvest the sun’s energy through “water splitting,” an artificial photosynthesis technique...

Solar Cell Does Double Duty for Renewable Energy
INSIDER : Motion Control
Tiny Curiosity Motor Identifies a Massive Martian Dust Storm
Tiny Curiosity Motor Identifies a Massive Martian Dust Storm

An unexpected source recently identified a global Martian dust storm. The source was an actuator, or motor, that powers a lid to a funnel that takes in samples of powdered Martian...

Tiny Curiosity Motor Identifies a Massive Martian Dust Storm
INSIDER : Software
Robots Can Pick Up Any Object After Inspecting It
Robots Can Pick Up Any Object After Inspecting It

Students at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) developed Dense Object Nets (DON), a system that lets robots inspect random objects and visually understand...

Robots Can Pick Up Any Object After Inspecting It
INSIDER : Software
Students Create Computer Chip Security Fix
Students Create Computer Chip Security Fix

A tool developed by Dartmouth computer science graduate students tackles a widespread hardware hacking threat. They are coming to grips with a design flaw that ultimately falls into the province of...

Students Create Computer Chip Security Fix
INSIDER : Software
3D-Printed "Motion Sculptures" from 2D Videos
3D-Printed

Traditional videos and photos for studying motion are two-dimensional, and don’t show the underlying 3D structure of the person or subject of interest. So, researchers are using an algorithm...

3D-Printed
INSIDER : Motion Control
Controlling Nanomotors with Light
Controlling Nanomotors with Light

Engineers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed the first method for selecting and switching the mechanical motion of nanomotors among multiple modes with simple visible light as the...

Controlling Nanomotors with Light
INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
Doubling Performance with Lithium Metal that Doesn’t Catch Fire
Doubling Performance with Lithium Metal that Doesn’t Catch Fire

A rechargeable battery technology developed at the University of Michigan could double the output of today’s lithium ion cells, drastically extending electric vehicle ranges...

Doubling Performance with Lithium Metal that Doesn’t Catch Fire
INSIDER : Energy
New App Will Extend Smartphone Battery Life
New App Will Extend Smartphone Battery Life

The built-in multi-window feature released with the new Android operating system allows users to have multiple windows and files open at the same time, similar to a laptop, but this results in...

New App Will Extend Smartphone Battery Life
INSIDER : Energy
Boron Nitride Separation Process Could Facilitate Higher Efficiency Solar Cells
Boron Nitride Separation Process Could Facilitate Higher Efficiency Solar Cells

A team of semiconductor researchers based in France has used a boron nitride separation layer to grow indium gallium nitride (InGaN) solar cells that were then...

Boron Nitride Separation Process Could Facilitate Higher Efficiency Solar Cells
INSIDER : Energy
EV Charging in Cold Temperatures Could Pose Challenges for Drivers
EV Charging in Cold Temperatures Could Pose Challenges for Drivers

New research from Idaho National Laboratory suggests that electric vehicle drivers could face longer charging times when temperatures drop. The reason: cold temperatures...

EV Charging in Cold Temperatures Could Pose Challenges for Drivers
INSIDER : Imaging
Engineers Create a Camera With No Lens
Engineers Create a Camera With No Lens

In the future, your car windshield could become a giant camera sensing objects on the road. Or each window in a home could be turned into a security camera.

Engineers Create a Camera With No Lens
INSIDER : Materials
Silicon-Based Tandem Photovoltaic Modules Show Potential
Silicon-Based Tandem Photovoltaic Modules Show Potential

New solar energy research from Arizona State University demonstrates that silicon-based tandem photovoltaic modules, which convert sunlight to electricity with higher efficiency than...

Silicon-Based Tandem Photovoltaic Modules Show Potential
INSIDER : Photonics/Optics
Researchers Devise New Way to Measure Light Beams
Researchers Devise New Way to Measure Light Beams

If you want to get the greatest benefit from a beam of light—whether to detect a distant planet or to remedy an aberration in the human eye—you need to be able to measure it. Well, a...

Researchers Devise New Way to Measure Light Beams
INSIDER : Motion Control
Cageless Bearing Design Reduces Friction
Cageless Bearing Design Reduces Friction

A cageless bearing with rolling separator elements was developed for applications including portable medical devices, toys, and robotic applications with medium force requirements. The normal cageless...

Cageless Bearing Design Reduces Friction
INSIDER : Motion Control
“Actuated” Paper Bends, Folds, or Flattens on Command
“Actuated” Paper Bends, Folds, or Flattens on Command

A thin layer of conducting thermoplastic, applied to common paper with an inexpensive 3D printer or even painted by hand, serves as a low-cost, reversible actuator. When an electrical...

“Actuated” Paper Bends, Folds, or Flattens on Command
INSIDER : Materials
Tiny Defects in Semiconductors Created ‘Speed Bumps’ or Electrons. UCLA Researchers Cleared the Path
Tiny Defects in Semiconductors Created ‘Speed Bumps’ or Electrons. UCLA Researchers Cleared the Path

UCLA scientists and engineers have developed a new process for assembling semiconductor devices. The advance could lead to much more...

Tiny Defects in Semiconductors Created ‘Speed Bumps’ or Electrons. UCLA Researchers Cleared the Path
INSIDER : Semiconductors & ICs
Trapping Light that Doesn't Bounce Off Track for Faster Electronics
Trapping Light that Doesn't Bounce Off Track for Faster Electronics

Replacing traditional computer chip components with light-based counterparts will eventually make electronic devices faster due to the wide bandwidth of light. Because...

Trapping Light that Doesn't Bounce Off Track for Faster Electronics