Question of the Week: Green Design & Manufacturing
Will Technology Help to Reduce Plastic Pollution?

Our October Q&A in Tech Briefs highlighted an achievement from Professor Aaron Sadow of Ames Laboratory in Iowa. Sadow’s chemical process produces valuable biodegradable chemicals from discarded plastics, which are then used as surfactants and detergents in a range of applications.

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Medical sensing technology has taken great strides in recent years, with the development of wearable devices that can track pulse, brain function, biomarkers in...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

Stacking extremely thin films of material on top of each other can create new materials with exciting new properties. But the most successful processes for building those...

INSIDER: Data Acquisition

Although measuring the electrical activity of neurons is useful in many disciplines, making durable neural interfacing brain chip implants with negligible...

INSIDER: Nanotechnology

Researchers have utilized two-dimensional hybrid metal halides in a device that allows directional control of terahertz radiation generated by a spintronic...

Blog: AR/AI
A deep-learning approach from Stanford University detects property damage caused by wildfires.
Blog: Materials
The 2021 Create the Future Design Contest winner wants to build a truly recyclable bioplastic.
Question of the Week: Transportation
Will We Ever Charge Our Cars (As We Drive)?

Cornell Engineering Professor Khurram Afridi wants you to be able to power-up your vehicle simply by changing lanes and driving over a charging strip.

Blog: Aerospace
A NASA expert answers your questions about the upcoming Artemis mission that will send astronauts back to the Moon.
Blog: Electronics & Computers
UCLA engineers have demonstrated successful integration of a novel semiconductor material into high-power computer chips.
Blog: Electronics & Computers
A NASA expert explains why the Artemis mission will rely on a fascinating orbit known as the "Gateway."
Blog: Energy
A NASA expert explains the big difference between the lunar south pole and the Moon's equator.
Blog: Aerospace
A reader asks about NASA's Artemis mission: "Are there other objectives for specifically lunar operations besides preparing and training for Mars mission?"
Blog: Power
Before human explorers can head to the Moon and beyond, they need to tackle these three important tasks.
Blog: Aerospace
As NASA prepares to send astronauts back to the Moon, human explorers will have to handle microgravity conditions and other elements that take a toll on the body.
INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Modeling the mechanics of the strongest punch in the animal kingdom, researchers built a robot that mimics the movement of the mantis shrimp, whose club-like appendages accelerate faster...

INSIDER: Nanotechnology

University of Houston researchers developed an electrochemical actuator that uses specialized organic semiconductor nanotubes (OSNT). The device exhibits high actuation performance...

Question of the Week: Photonics/Optics
Will Laser Cooking Catch On?

Our lead story today looked at a cutting-edge way to prepare food: Laser cooking.

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

Cross Platform 3D Laser Scanner

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division (North Kingstown, RI) announced its new AS1 Scanner. The modular blue laser line scanner...

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

Twelve years ago, physicists turned on the first x-ray laser, and since then it and several others around the world have proved themselves revolutionary probes of...

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are an unsung hero of the lighting industry. They run efficiently, give off little heat, and last for a long time. Now scientists are looking at new materials to...

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

Scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory recently assessed the status of research into colloidal quantum dot lasers with a focus on prospective electrically...

Blog: Electronics & Computers
With the help of additive-manufacturing techniques and software-controlled lasers, Blutinger and his colleagues are digitizing the cooking process.
Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A reader asks an industry expert from IBM: How is feature-based modeling better than a bill of materials?
Question of the Week: Energy
Will Our Buildings Store Energy Like Giant Batteries?

Our September issue of Battery Technology highlighted rechargeable cement-based batteries that can be utilized as functional concrete. The achievement from Chalmers University of Technology, according to the battery’s developers, lays the groundwork for entire buildings that could someday...

Blog: Automotive
An industry expert explains why automotive manufacturers are turning to a "floating" board-to-board connection.
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
An intelligent robot being uses A.I. and sophisticated navigation to find good peaches and remove them from trees.
Question of the Week: Wearables
Will Stretchable Smartphones Catch On?

Our “5 Ws” feature this month highlighted skin-like electronic circuits being developed at Virginia Tech.

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

Molten sodium batteries have been used for many years to store energy from renewable sources, such as solar panels and wind turbines. However, commercially available molten sodium-sulfur...

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