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News : Test & Measurement
Fleet of Aerial, Surface, and Underwater Robots Map Ocean Front

Using multiple autonomous vehicles simultaneously, an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers returns to the U.S. after exploring the North Pacific Subtropical front – a sharp boundary where cold fresh waters from the north meet warm salty waters from the south. The...

News : Transportation
Even One Automated, Connected Vehicle Can Improve Safety

Connected cruise control uses vehicle-to-vehicle communication to let automated vehicles respond to multiple cars at a time in an effort to save energy and improve safety. University of Michigan researchers have demonstrated its effectiveness on public roads, even when just one automated...

News : Photonics/Optics
New Use for Beer, Soup, Barley: Medical Imaging Drink
New Use for Beer, Soup, Barley: Medical Imaging Drink

Before launching their latest science experiment, University at Buffalo researchers bought more than 200 types of tea, chocolate, herbs, and other foodstuffs. The goal wasn't to stock up...

New Use for Beer, Soup, Barley: Medical Imaging Drink
News : Medical
Wireless System Can Power Devices Inside the Body

MIT researchers, working with scientists from Brigham and Women's Hospital, have developed a new way to power and communicate with devices implanted deep within the human body. Such devices could be used to deliver drugs, monitor conditions inside the body, or treat disease by stimulating the...

News : Medical
Plug-and-Play Diagnostic Devices

Researchers at MIT's Little Devices Lab have developed a set of modular blocks that can be put together in different ways to produce diagnostic devices. These "plug-and-play" devices, which require little expertise to assemble, can test blood glucose levels in diabetic patients or detect viral infection, among...

News : Medical
Device Attaches to Damaged Heart to Restore Cardiac Function

After a patient has a heart attack, a cascade of events leading to heart failure begins. Damage to the area in the heart where a blood vessel was blocked leads to scar tissue. In response to scarring, the heart will remodel to compensate. This process often ends in ventricular or valve...

News : Medical
Repetition Key to Self-Healing, Flexible Medical Devices

Medical devices powered by synthetic proteins created from repeated sequences of proteins may be possible, according to materials science and biotechnology experts, who looked at material inspired by the proteins in squid ring teeth.

News : Data Acquisition
To Communicate, Researchers Test the Power of Touch
To Communicate, Researchers Test the Power of Touch

Could touch be the new avenue for communications? Researchers from MIT and Purdue University think so and are working on a “general-purpose” tactile system that delivers information...

To Communicate, Researchers Test the Power of Touch
News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Depth-Sensing Imaging System Can Peer Through Fog
Depth-Sensing Imaging System Can Peer Through Fog

An inability to handle misty driving conditions has been one of the chief obstacles to the development of autonomous vehicular navigation systems that use visible light. These systems are...

Depth-Sensing Imaging System Can Peer Through Fog
News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
First Hybrid Nanotech Device Mimicking Blood-Brain Barrier
First Hybrid Nanotech Device Mimicking Blood-Brain Barrier

Researchers at IIT-Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia fabricated an artificial device reproducing a 1:1 scale model of the blood-brain barrier, the anatomical and functional structure...

First Hybrid Nanotech Device Mimicking Blood-Brain Barrier
News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Ultra-Thin Optical Fibers Offer New Way to 3-D Print Microstructures
Ultra-Thin Optical Fibers Offer New Way to 3-D Print Microstructures

For the first time, researchers have shown that an optical fiber as thin as a human hair can be used to create microscopic structures with laser-based 3D printing. The...

Ultra-Thin Optical Fibers Offer New Way to 3-D Print Microstructures
News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Photoreversible Molecular Switch Changes Thermoresponsive Polymer
Photoreversible Molecular Switch Changes Thermoresponsive Polymer

Researchers have developed a novel strategy to control the shapes of polymeric materials by utilizing photoresponsive molecular switches. This could aid the development of an...

Photoreversible Molecular Switch Changes Thermoresponsive Polymer
News : Materials
Shape-Memory Aerogels Created With Rubber-Like Elasticity
Shape-Memory Aerogels Created With Rubber-Like Elasticity

Polymeric aerogels are nanoporous structures that combine some of the most desirable characteristics of materials, such as flexibility and mechanical strength. It is nearly impossible...

Shape-Memory Aerogels Created With Rubber-Like Elasticity
News : Automotive
Replacing Camshafts with Valves Paves Way for Cheaper, Greener Engines
Replacing Camshafts with Valves Paves Way for Cheaper, Greener Engines
By replacing the cam, a new valve technology may lead to more affordable — and more environmentally friendly — engines.
Replacing Camshafts with Valves Paves Way for Cheaper, Greener Engines
News : Imaging
Imaging Plays Key Role in Evaluating Injuries at Olympics
Imaging Plays Key Role in Evaluating Injuries at Olympics

The Olympic Games give elite athletes a chance at athletic triumph but also carry a risk of injury. When injuries occur, it’s critical that they be evaluated quickly. Onsite imaging...

Imaging Plays Key Role in Evaluating Injuries at Olympics
News : Medical
Advances Settles Debate Over Spread of Alzheimer Protein
Advances Settles Debate Over Spread of Alzheimer Protein

Recent advances in brain imaging have enabled scientists to show for the first time that a key protein which causes nerve cell death spreads throughout the brain in Alzheimer's disease...

Advances Settles Debate Over Spread of Alzheimer Protein
News : Medical
High-Tech Scans Can Help Redefine Intelligence
High-Tech Scans Can Help Redefine Intelligence

A new NYU Langone study offers the first solid evidence that functional MRI scans of brain entropy are a new means to understanding human intelligence. High-tech scans of the resting human brain...

High-Tech Scans Can Help Redefine Intelligence
News : Medical
DNA Origami: Imaging DNA 'Building Blocks' in 3-D
DNA Origami: Imaging DNA 'Building Blocks' in 3-D

Over the past decade, researchers have been working to create nanoscale materials and devices using DNA as construction materials through a process called DNA origami. A single long...

DNA Origami: Imaging DNA 'Building Blocks' in 3-D
News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
With Laser-Based Imaging, Self-Driving Cars See Around Corners
With Laser-Based Imaging, Self-Driving Cars See Around Corners
Stanford University is developing a laser-based imaging technology that allows cars to peek around corners.
With Laser-Based Imaging, Self-Driving Cars See Around Corners
News : Data Acquisition
Advanced Wearable Has Heightened 'Sense' of Complex Human Motions
Advanced Wearable Has Heightened 'Sense' of Complex Human Motions
Researchers from the University of British Columbia have developed a stretchable sensor that can be weaved into a fabric to detect a range of complex human movements, including finger gestures and heartbeats.
Advanced Wearable Has Heightened 'Sense' of Complex Human Motions
News : Electronics & Computers
How to Charge a Smartphone – Using Lasers
How to Charge a Smartphone – Using Lasers

If you forgot your charger today, engineers from the University of Washington have a solution for you — and it’s lasers.

How to Charge a Smartphone – Using Lasers
News : Semiconductors & ICs
A Spin on Semiconductors Paves the Way for Brain-Inspired Computing
A Spin on Semiconductors Paves the Way for Brain-Inspired Computing
By integrating storage, memory, and processing into one unit, a new semiconductor device may someday support a computing architecture that mimics the brain.
A Spin on Semiconductors Paves the Way for Brain-Inspired Computing
News : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Agile New Robot Takes ‘Roach’ Approach
Agile New Robot Takes ‘Roach’ Approach
A JHU team has developed a prototype robot that steals some moves from a Central American cockroach species known as blaberus discoidalis.
Agile New Robot Takes ‘Roach’ Approach
News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
A Bright Idea for Reducing Waste: Color-Changing 3D Printables
A Bright Idea for Reducing Waste: Color-Changing 3D Printables
Professor Stefanie Mueller and fellow researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) are exploring a more efficient way to cut down on print jobs: objects that change color.
A Bright Idea for Reducing Waste: Color-Changing 3D Printables
News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Initially Moon-Bound, A New Demolition Probe Breaks Ground on Earth
Initially Moon-Bound, A New Demolition Probe Breaks Ground on Earth

An electrically-driven demolition probe originally funded by NASA enables a more precise, quieter fracturing method that its creators hope will give construction workers on...

Initially Moon-Bound, A New Demolition Probe Breaks Ground on Earth
News : Photonics/Optics
Inspired by Star Wars, BYU Researcher Floats 3D Images in Thin Air
Inspired by Star Wars, BYU Researcher Floats 3D Images in Thin Air
A BYU professor and his team have found a way to take the 3D displays of science fiction and make them a reality.
Inspired by Star Wars, BYU Researcher Floats 3D Images in Thin Air
News : Semiconductors & ICs
Is 'Artificial Graphene' the New Wonder Material?
Is 'Artificial Graphene' the New Wonder Material?
For the first time ever, Columbia University engineers created “artificial graphene” in a semiconductor device.
Is 'Artificial Graphene' the New Wonder Material?
News : Semiconductors & ICs
A Wearable UV Sensor — At Your Fingertips
A Wearable UV Sensor — At Your Fingertips

Creators of a new, M&M-sized wearable device aim to bring UV detection to users’ fingertips – or more precisely, fingernails.

A Wearable UV Sensor — At Your Fingertips
News : Medical
Electropolishing Solutions for the Medical Industry
Electropolishing Solutions for the Medical Industry

As a critical component in patient healthcare, medical device manufacturing is highly regulated and requires the utmost attention to sanitation, safety, and biocompatibility. Used both...

Electropolishing Solutions for the Medical Industry
News : Materials
What it Does, How it Works
What it Does, How it Works

Electropolishing is often referred to as a “reverse plating” process. Electrochemical in nature, electropolishing uses a combination of rectified current and a blended chemical electrolyte bath to remove flaws...

What it Does, How it Works