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The Top Tech Briefs Stories of 2017

With another year of Tech Briefs almost in the books, it's time to look at our most-read news articles of 2017.

Top stories included a look back at the life of Robert Goddard, and a look forward to...

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Sound-Off: What 3D-Printing Method is Best – FDM, SLS, or SLA?
A Tech Briefs reader asks our expert to compare three 3D-printing techniques.
Blog : Sensors/Data Acquisition
A Giant Leap: Reconstructing NASA’s Moon-Mission Audio
During the historic Apollo 11 mission, the astronauts, mission control specialists, and back-room support staff did plenty of communicating. The University of Texas at Dallas launched a...
News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Sound-Off: The Most ‘Startling’ Discovery in IoT? A Lack of Security

The “Internet of Things” links a variety of devices, from computers and industrial machines to heart monitors and robots. The interconnection also leads to some “startling” data-transfer discoveries, according to one NASA pro.

News : Materials
Tough, Self-Healing Rubber Developed

Imagine a tire that could heal after being punctured or a rubber band that never snapped.

News : Electronics & Computers
Artificial 'Skin' Gives Robotic Hand A Sense Of Touch

A team of researchers from the University of Houston has reported a breakthrough in stretchable electronics that can serve as an artificial skin, allowing a robotic hand to sense the...

News : Electronics & Computers
Researchers Report New Way To Make Dissolving Electronics

Researchers from the University of Houston and China have reported a new type of electronic device that can be triggered to dissolve through exposure to water molecules in the...

News : Medical
Breakthrough Device Heals Organs With A Single Touch

Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Ohio State's College of Engineering have developed a new technology: Tissue Nanotransfection or TNT. It can generate any...

News : Aerospace
Lost in Space: Smart Spacesuits Feature 'Home' Button

During a routine spacewalk, astronauts can easily lose their sense of orientation and direction. Creators of a new kind of spacesuit aim to address the challenge — with the push of a...

News : Aerospace
How Model Rockets Launch Tomorrow’s Engineers
If you ask engineers about their early days, many can't avoid talking about a favorite toy: the model rocket.
News : Physical Sciences
Sound-Off: How Should Universities Prepare Tomorrow’s Vehicle Designers?
The skill set for tomorrow’s automotive designer? A combination of traditional engineering, physical sciences, mathematics, and, more than ever, ethics.
News : Software
Expert INSIDER: How Mehdi Khorrami Uses Simulation to Address Aircraft Noise
NASA’s Mehdi Khorrami explains how he uses high-performance computing to handle one of the FAA’s biggest complaints: aircraft noise.
News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
With a Commercial Printer, Researchers Manufacture Motion Sensors in Bulk

Using a commercial printer and some silver ink, researchers from Florida State University have found a novel way of producing motion sensors en masse. The low-profile...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Sound-Off: Can Executives Make or Break Your Cybersecurity Program?
In a live presentation last week, Michael G. Morgan revealed what distinguishes a good cybersecurity program from a bad one: support from the top.
Blog : Aerospace
NASA Supercomputer Simulations Reveal 'Noisy' Aerodynamics
Simulation allows NASA researchers to better understand and predict the changes that contribute to aircraft noise.
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