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News : Medical
Single-Operation Finish for Improved Biocompatibility of Implants
Single-Operation Finish for Improved Biocompatibility of Implants

Orthopedic and cardiovascular implants are some of the most common medical devices manufactured today that demand high levels of biocompatibility. To ensure better patient...

Single-Operation Finish for Improved Biocompatibility of Implants
News : Medical
Metal Finishing Capabilities
Metal Finishing Capabilities
In addition to electropolishing, other metal finishing capabilities include laser marking, which can be used to ensure compliance with the latest UDI requirements, and color anodizing, which can be used to improve part identification with vibrant hues.
Metal Finishing Capabilities
News : Medical
Cutting Tools and Drills
Cutting Tools and Drills

Cutting tools, drills, and blades are critical devices used in surgical procedures. Blades used in surgical procedures must be free from burrs and laser slag and remain sharp for accurate cutting. Remaining burrs...

Cutting Tools and Drills
News : Materials
Inspiring Young Scientists, One Tiny Fidget Spinner at a Time
Inspiring Young Scientists, One Tiny Fidget Spinner at a Time
ORNL staff scientist Adam Rondinone explains how his team made the tiny toy.
Inspiring Young Scientists, One Tiny Fidget Spinner at a Time
News : Electronics & Computers
NASA Turns to Students for ‘Big Ideas’ on Mars Exploration
NASA Turns to Students for ‘Big Ideas’ on Mars Exploration
NASA challenged university students to create a deployable solar array for the Martian surface. See which "Big Ideas" impressed Bob Hodson, a leader of the space agency's Game Changing Development Program.
NASA Turns to Students for ‘Big Ideas’ on Mars Exploration
News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Float Like a Robot, Think Like a Bee
Float Like a Robot, Think Like a Bee

Cornell University engineers have been experimenting with a new type of programming that mimics the mind of an insect.

Float Like a Robot, Think Like a Bee
News : Energy
Will Electric Vehicles Surpass Combustion Engine Vehicles?
Is the future electric? A reader asks an expert from Mercedes-Benz.
News : Imaging
A Real Engineering Feat: Two Holograms on One Surface
A Real Engineering Feat: Two Holograms on One Surface
For years many engineers have assumed that you cannot encode more than one holographic image in a single surface — at least without losing resolution. Caltech researchers made the idea a reality.
A Real Engineering Feat: Two Holograms on One Surface
Blog : Materials
The Top Tech Briefs Stories of 2017
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...

The Top Tech Briefs Stories of 2017
News : Medical
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 : Aerospace
A Giant Leap: Reconstructing NASA’s Moon-Mission Audio
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 project to make all of the moon-mission audio accessible.
A Giant Leap: Reconstructing NASA’s Moon-Mission Audio
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
Tough, Self-Healing Rubber Developed

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

Tough, Self-Healing Rubber Developed
News : Medical
Artificial 'Skin' Gives Robotic Hand A Sense Of Touch
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...

Artificial 'Skin' Gives Robotic Hand A Sense Of Touch
News : Electronics & Computers
Researchers Report New Way To Make Dissolving Electronics
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...

Researchers Report New Way To Make Dissolving Electronics
News : Medical
Breakthrough Device Heals Organs With A Single Touch
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...

Breakthrough Device Heals Organs With A Single Touch
News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Lost in Space: Smart Spacesuits Feature 'Home' Button
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...

Lost in Space: Smart Spacesuits Feature 'Home' Button
News : Propulsion
How Model Rockets Launch Tomorrow’s Engineers
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.
How Model Rockets Launch Tomorrow’s Engineers
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
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.
Expert INSIDER: How Mehdi Khorrami Uses Simulation to Address Aircraft Noise
News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
With a Commercial Printer, Researchers Manufacture Motion Sensors in Bulk
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...

With a Commercial Printer, Researchers Manufacture Motion Sensors in Bulk
News : Automotive
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
NASA Supercomputer Simulations Reveal 'Noisy' Aerodynamics
Simulation allows NASA researchers to better understand and predict the changes that contribute to aircraft noise.
NASA Supercomputer Simulations Reveal 'Noisy' Aerodynamics
News : Materials
Is It Hot in Here? New Double-Sided Fabric Will Find Your 'Comfortable' Temperature
Is It Hot in Here? New Double-Sided Fabric Will Find Your 'Comfortable' Temperature

A reversible fabric from Stanford University could warm up or cool down its wearers, depending on their preference – and which side of the material faces...

Is It Hot in Here? New Double-Sided Fabric Will Find Your 'Comfortable' Temperature
News : Materials
Sound-Off: Thermoset Composites vs. Traditional Metals
Sound-Off: Thermoset Composites vs. Traditional Metals
New plastics are helping automotive manufacturers reduce the weight of their vehicles. But how do thermoset composites stack up against traditional metals? A Tech Briefs reader asks our automotive expert.
Sound-Off: Thermoset Composites vs. Traditional Metals
News : Materials
Electric ‘Smart’ Paper Picks Up on Pipe Leaks
Electric ‘Smart’ Paper Picks Up on Pipe Leaks

Although spills inside a lab can often spell trouble, a University of Washington scientist found a way to turn an accidentally doused conductive material into an inventive new sensor. The lab...

Electric ‘Smart’ Paper Picks Up on Pipe Leaks
News : Automotive
Sound-Off: Without ‘100-Percent’ Security Assurance, Should We Drive Autonomous Cars?

In a Tech Briefs presentation, a reader asked our automotive expert: “How can we achieve autonomous cars without 100-percent cybersecurity?”

News : Energy
A Semiconductor Breakthrough: Carbon Nanotubes Boost Thermoelectric Performance
A Semiconductor Breakthrough: Carbon Nanotubes Boost Thermoelectric Performance

In a report published in October, scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) used single-walled carbon...

A Semiconductor Breakthrough: Carbon Nanotubes Boost Thermoelectric Performance
News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Thinking Ahead with 3D Printing: Five Technologies to Watch

A 3D printer's moving parts can lead to vibrations and a flawed final product. Engineers at the University of Michigan anticipated the problem — and now, thanks to their algorithms, machines can do the same.

News : Imaging
Unique Imaging of Dinosaur's Skull Tells Evolutionary Tale

Researchers using Los Alamos' unique neutron-imaging and high-energy X-ray capabilities have exposed the inner structures of the fossil skull of a 74-million-year-old tyrannosauroid dinosaur nicknamed the Bisti Beast in the highest-resolution scan of tyrannosaur skull ever done. The...