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Researchers Develop New Eyes in the Sky

University of Iowa scientists have created a technique to help satellites "see" through the clouds and better estimate the concentration of pollutants, such as soot.

The finding is important, because, like GPS systems, clouds block remote-sensing satellites' ability to detect, and thus calculate, the...

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Will the growing number of personal smartphones and tablets in the workplace (and growing expectations) create greater security problems for organizations?

A recent survey from the network security company Fortinet found that Gen-Y employees in the workplace have an expectation that they will be able to use their own mobile smartphones and...

Racing fans who read NASA Tech Briefs already know about a unique contest being run by circuit protection manufacturer Littelfuse called Speed2Design that gives five lucky engineers the chance to win an all-expenses...

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Picatinny Engineers Design New Laser Weapon

Scientists and engineers at Picatinny Arsenal are developing a device that will shoot lightning bolts down laser beams to destroy its target. The Laser- Induced Plasma Channel, or LIPC, is designed to take out targets that conduct electricity better than the air or ground that surrounds them. How did...

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Lab Develops Air-Cleansing System for Submarines

Creators of a nanotech-based system that captures carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere within a submarine, while providing a more environmentally friendly removal process, have won the Federal Laboratory Consortium Interagency Partnership Award for 2012. The technology — Self Assembled...

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New Tactical Network Set To Begin Fielding

New networking equipment and training that is part of the Army's "Capability Set 13" will begin fielding in October. The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas, will be the first recipients of more than 15 new systems included in the set. Over the next two years, a total of...

Researchers creating electricity through photovoltaics want to convert as many of the sun’s wavelengths as possible to achieve maximum efficiency. For this reason, they see...

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Researchers Identify Precise Measurement of Radiation Damage

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have for the first time simulated and quantified the early stages of radiation damage that will occur in a given material.

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Algorithm Simulates Particle Collisions on Quantum Computers

Quantum computers are still years away, but a trio of theorists has already figured out at least one talent they may have. According to the theorists, including one from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), physicists might one day use quantum computers to study...

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Software Simulates How Liquid Droplets Behave on Surfaces

It would make life a lot easier if the surfaces of window panes, corrosion coatings, or microfluidic systems could keep themselves free of water and other liquids. A new simulation software has been developed by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials in Germany...

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NASA 'Webb Cam' Features Double Vision

NASA's special "Webb-cam," the camera in a giant clean room at NASA Goddard, now has "double vision." Two video cameras focus on what's happening with the very first completed instrument that will fly onboard the James Webb Space Telescope.

The James Webb Space Telescope contains four science...

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Researchers Use 3D Printing to Improve Living Tissue

University of Pennsylvania researchers have shown that 3D printed templates of filament networks can be used to rapidly create vasculature and improve the function of engineered living tissues.

Rather than trying to print a large volume of tissue and leave hollow channels for vasculature in...

NASA robotics engineer Sandeep Yayathi works on Robonaut 2, or R2, a humanoid robot built and designed at Johnson Space Center in Houston. As a robotics engineer,...

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Is a full digital map of the human visual cortex possible within ten years?

Consisting of 16,000 computer processors, an "unsupervised," self-learning neural network from Google is capable of hierarchically arranging data, removing duplicate similar features, and grouping certain images together. The network, which simulates the human brain, was...

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Electrical Engineers Build Gigapixel Camera

By synchronizing 98 tiny cameras in a single device, electrical engineers from Duke University and the University of Arizona have developed a prototype camera that can create images with unprecedented detail.

The camera’s resolution is five times better than 20/20 human vision over a 120 degree...

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Ultra-Lightweight Structures Use Hydraulics to Maintain Strength

Maximum load capacity with minimal consumption of materials – this is how supporting structures in construction should be today. Researchers from the University of Stuttgart and Bosch Rexroth have now come a great deal closer to achieving this goal. They have constructed a wooden...

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NASA Tests Inflatable Decelerators to Control Spacecraft Landings

Traveling 300 million miles to Mars is difficult, but successfully landing there is even harder. During the first four minutes of entry, friction with the atmosphere slows a spacecraft considerably. But at the end of this phase, the vehicle is still traveling at over 1,000 mph...

Fuel cells, which use chemicals to create electricity, hold promise in a variety of areas but the high price of platinum catalysts used inside the cells has provided a...

Superconductivity, in which electric current flows without resistance, promises huge energy savings – from low-voltage electric grids with no transmission losses, super-efficient...

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NASA Mission Sends Unmanned Aircraft Over Hurricanes

Beginning this summer, and over the next several years, NASA will be sending unmanned aircraft dubbed "severe storm sentinels" above stormy skies to help researchers and forecasters uncover information about hurricane formation and intensity changes. The Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel...

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Engineers Model the Complexities of Hypersonic Flight

A multiyear collaboration among Stanford engineering departments uses some of the world's fastest supercomputers to model the complexities of hypersonic flight. Someday, their work may lead to planes that fly at many times the speed of sound.

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NASA Supersonic Airliner Would Reduce Sonic Boom

Aeronautical innovators at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia are one step closer to confidently crafting a viable commercial airliner that can fly faster than the speed of sound, yet produce a sonic boom that is quiet enough not to bother anyone on the ground below. Wind tunnel tests of...

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Robot Equipped with New Tactile Sensor

A robot was equipped with a new type of tactile sensor built to mimic the human fingertip. Imitating human strategies, it also used a newly designed algorithm to make decisions about how to explore the outside world.

Capable of other human sensations, the sensor can also tell where and in which direction...

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Researchers Create Pavement Crack Detection and Sealing System

Sealing cracks in roadways ensures a road’s structural integrity and extends the time between major repaving projects, but conventional manual crack sealing operations expose workers to dangerous traffic and cover a limited amount of roadway each day.

To address these challenges,...

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Will wireless bracelet monitors be a useful way to assess student engagement?

Creators of an experimental bracelet, the Galvanic Skin Response monitor, want to use their device to assess student engagement in the classroom, and then use that information to inform teaching methods. The wireless-sensor technology, worn by a student, analyzes...

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Metallic Nanocrystals Self-Assemble for Next-Gen Antennas and Lenses

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering have developed a technique that enables metallic nanocrystals to self-assemble into larger, complex materials for next-generation antennas and lenses. The metal nanocrystals are cube-shaped and,...

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Spintronic Device Uses Thin-Film Organic Semiconductor

University of Utah physicists have developed an inexpensive, highly accurate magnetic field sensor for scientific and possibly consumer uses. The magnetic-sensing thin film, an organic semiconductor polymer named MEH-PPV, measures magnetic fields accurately with a drop of "plastic...

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Fantasy Camp for Engineers

You’ve no doubt heard about fantasy camps that give ordinary, everyday people the opportunity to step out of their routine 9-to-5 lives and live out their dreams for a few days in the company of those who have done it – and in some cases are still doing it – at the professional level. There are baseball fantasy...

Tune in for a live webcast from the U.S. Department of Energy on June 19th, from 12-1 p.m. EDT. Electrocatalysts developed by Brookhaven National Laboratory's (BNL) scientists use...

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