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Create & Win

The 2007 Create the Future Design Contest, presented by SolidWorks Corp. and NASA Tech Briefs, is now open. Youíre invited to submit your innovative design ideas in the following categories:

- Machinery, Equipment, and Component Technology

- Consumer Products

- Medical

- Safety and Security

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Product of the Month

The N4917A optical receiver stress test set from Agilent Technologies (Santa Clara, CA) has been named PTB's Product of the Month for July. It provides repeatable conformance and characterization test results, and allows users to accurately characterize and verify standard conformance of receiver optical subassemblies and...

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Current Attractions

Technology for manufacturing diffraction gratings for spectrometry has not changed significantly in the past 40 years. But, according to Dr. Christoph M. Greiner of LightSmyth Technologies, that has changed thanks to deep-ultraviolet (DUV) reduction photolithography. In a feature article in the July issue of Photonics Tech...

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Technology Business Needs and Briefs

High Stress Compatible Fiberglass Fabric for Sewn Applications

The Johns Manville Company invites proposals for improved performance concepts in high-stress applications of non-woven fiberglass.

Advanced Pattern Recognition Technologies

These sensors, algorithms, neural network systems,...

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A Magnetic Invention

University of California, Riverside nanotechnologists have controlled the color of very small particles of iron oxide suspended in water simply by applying an external magnetic field to the solution. The discovery has potential to greatly improve the quality and size of electronic display screens and to enable the...

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Battlefield Robots

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking proposals for LANdroids -- a fleet of miniature, intelligent mobile robots that will aid military communications in urban settings. The goal is to create small, inexpensive robotic radio relay nodes that dismounted warfighters will drop as they deploy. The nodes...

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Current Attractions

Origin 8 Windows-based data analysis and graphing software from OriginLab Corp., Northampton, MA, has been named NTB's Product of the Month for July. The software operates around a revamped workbook space, which allows results of an analysis to be placed into a worksheet within the raw data's workbook. Parameter values,...

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Techs of the Week

An electromagnetic actuator is a highly sensitive motion control device that employs more reliable and cleaner electromagnetic technologies to replace slower, less precise, larger, noisier, and environmentally unfriendly hydraulic omponents. This patented technology uses an armature in the form of a piston that moves on its own...

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Transparent Transistors

Researchers at Purdue University's Birck Nanotechnology Center have used nanotechnology to create transparent transistors and circuits, a step that promises applications from e-paper and flexible color screens for consumer electronics, to "smart cards" and heads-up displays in auto windshields. The transistors are made of...

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New ET Advertisers

This monthly review lets you "meet" the new advertisers appearing in Embedded Technology. Here's a sneak peek at the products, services, and offers available from July's first-time advertisers:

Tri-M Engineering (Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada) offers the HE104+DX 108-watt high-efficiency PC/104+ power supply with a 6V to...

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Current Attractions

Embedded Technology (ET) magazine features board-level electronics and COTS solutions for design engineers, as well as a variety of product offerings.

Embedded applications and technologies that use various communications options such as ZigBee and WiFi need to be secured against the same problems inherent in any other...

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Technology Business Briefs
Novel Nano-Structured Concept for Thermal Protection System

Lightweight carbon-carbon (C/C) composites produced by pressure-assisted co-polymerization of carbon fibers, hydrocarbons and fullerenes have excellent mechanical properties and high thermal stability that make them ideal for thermal protection applications....

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Have a Screw Loose?

Inspired by the device used to find lost coins in the sand, Johns Hopkins University biomedical engineering students have invented a small handheld metal detector to help doctors locate hidden orthopedic screws that need to be removed from patients' bodies. The device emits a tone that rises in pitch as the surgeon moves...

NASA plans to return to the Moon by 2020. For a sustained lunar presence, however, astronauts need habitats that can support them and their experments. To this end, researchers...

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Information Storage Break- through

Brown University researchers have devised a way to control both the size and composition of iron-platinum nanorods and nanowires. Nanorods with uniform shape and magnetic alignment are one key to the next generation of high-density information storage, but have been difficult to make in bulk.

The...

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NASA News

NASA has released its CLARAty (Coupled-Layer Architecture for Robotic Autonomy) robotic software for public downloading. CLARAty is an integrated framework for reusable robotic software that defines interfaces for common robotic capabilities such as pose estimation, navigation, locomotion, and planning. In addition to supporting...

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Tech Needs of the Week

New and/or advanced curing technologies are needed to incorporate into a metal packaging protective coating and decoration process. Systems could be used in metal containers for aerosols, beverages, food products and specialty packaging, all of which require external and/or internal protective coatings. Click here to...

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Desktop Supercomputer

A prototype of what may be the next generation of personal computers has been developed by researchers at the University of Maryland. The system is capable of computing speeds 100 times faster than current desktops and is based on parallel processing on a single chip, an approach that allows the computer to perform...

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Techs of the Week

A portfolio of technologies applies mid-infrared spectroscopy to the analysis of fluids, including blood, serum, and other biological fluids. Tests are non-destructive and the techniques require no reagents or other chemicals. The spectroscopic signatures obtained from the samples can be used to aid the diagnosis of disease,...

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NASA News

NASA recently tested the first nanotechnology- based electronic device to fly in space. The test showed that the Nano ChemSensor Unit could monitor trace gases inside a spaceship. This technology could lead to smaller, more capable environmental monitors and smoke detectors in future crew habitats.

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Free CAD/CAE Webinar

You've got one day left to sign up for NASA Tech Briefs' FREE webinar, Virtual Testing at the CAD Stage with Simulation Software, sponsored by Noran Engineering. The live event takes place tomorrow, June 27, at 2:00 PM EST.

In order to successfully compete in the global marketplace, your product design process needs...

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Coming Attractions

This monthly review lets you "meet" the new advertisers appearing in NTB and its supplements. Here's a sneak peek at the products, services, and offers available from July's first-time advertisers.

Accuratus Ceramic Corp. (Phillipsburg, NJ) offers Accuflect™ light-reflecting ceramic for high-energy flashlamp-driven...

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Glaucoma Treatment

A nanoparticle made at the University of Central Florida shows promise as a drug delivery device for treating glaucoma, an eye disease that can cause blindness and affects millions of people worldwide. The nanoparticle can safely get past the blood-brain barrier making it an effective, non-toxic tool for drug delivery,...

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Technology Business Briefs

Fluorescent Nanodiamonds

Glowing nanodiamonds can be tracked as they move through the body and can reveal the inner workings of cells. Firing a high-energy electron beam through diamonds 100 nanometers wide produces permanent defects in their crystal structure that makes them glow under laser light. These...

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Heat Stress Risk

Purdue University researchers project a 200 to 500 percent increase in the number of dangerously hot days in the Mediterranean by the end of the 21st century if the current rate of greenhouse gas emissions continues. The study found that France would be subjected to the largest increase of high-temperature extremes. The study...

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Guessing Robots

Engineers at Purdue University are developing robots able to make "educated guesses" about what lies ahead as they traverse unfamiliar surroundings, reducing the amount of time it takes to successfully navigate those environments. The method uses a new software algorithm that lets a robot create partial maps as it travels through...

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Self-Healing Material

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed the next generation of self-healing material that mimics human skin by healing itself time after time. The new materials rely on embedded, three-dimensional microvascular networks that emulate biological circulatory systems.

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Tech Needs of the Week

A technology is sought to indicate that a product packed into a rigid metal container has not been tampered with and/or degraded over time. The solution must incorporate a method of communicating this information to the packager, retailer, or consumer. The container may be subjected to a thermal treatment for some canned...

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Crops "Talk" to Farmers

A University of Colorado at Boulder invention optioned to AgriHouse, a Colorado-based company, may soon enable corn and potato crops to "talk" to farmers about when they need water and how much they need. A tiny sensor clips on to plant leaves and charts their thickness, a key measure of water deficiency and accompanying...

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