It’s common, especially in the aerospace industry, for parts that are fracture critical to be Liquid Penetrant Inspected (LPI) prior to installation. Also known as Dye Penetrant...

NASA's Lindley Johnson explains how the exciting business of asteroid detection does have its moments that are “like any other office job.”

Traditional videos and photos for studying motion are two-dimensional, and don’t show the underlying 3D structure of the person or subject of interest. So, researchers are using an...

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Controlling Nanomotors with Light

Engineers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed the first method for selecting and switching the mechanical motion of nanomotors among multiple modes with simple visible light as the...

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Are the Possibilities for Squid Proteins 'Potentially Endless?'

Our second INSIDER story today featured a new switching effect for thermal conductivity.

Professor Patrick Hopkins and his colleagues discovered that a responsive protein from squid ring teeth contained properties supporting an on-and-off kind of thermal regulation. When the...

A rechargeable battery technology developed at the University of Michigan could double the output of today’s lithium ion cells, drastically extending electric vehicle...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers
New App Will Extend Smartphone Battery Life

The built-in multi-window feature released with the new Android operating system allows users to have multiple windows and files open at the same time, similar to a laptop, but this results in...

A team of semiconductor researchers based in France has used a boron nitride separation layer to grow indium gallium nitride (InGaN) solar cells that were...

New research from Idaho National Laboratory suggests that electric vehicle drivers could face longer charging times when temperatures drop. The reason: cold...

A reader asks: "Why do organizations struggle to see 3D printing or additive manufacturing for more than prototyping? "
Researchers discovered that an on-and-off kind of thermal regulation is possible if you look to the squid.
Question of the Week: Materials
Have You Used Light-Curable Materials?

Manufacturers have turned to light-cure formulations to protect and improve a variety of components in the aerospace and defense industry, including image sensors, proximity systems, and printed circuit boards.

In a live webinar at 2 pm ET tomorrow, experts will discuss the advantages and benefits...

A NASA researcher spoke with Tech Briefs about the importance of the Curiosity rover's latest find on Mars.
A readers asks two 3D-printing veterans: "What is your advice to someone starting out with additive manufacturing?"
News: Test & Measurement
Air Quality Sleuths: Salt Lake's Light Rail Trains

The light rail network in the Salt Lake City area already does a lot to improve air quality. Its three lines move more than 67,000 people a day along 45 miles of track, saving countless car trips and sparing the air tons upon tons of petroleum-powered pollutants.

News: Transportation
Sensor Research: Magnetic Transducer Element With Vortex State

Many modern technological applications are based on magnetic forces. Examples are moving components in electric vehicles and storing data on hard disks. Magnetic fields are also used as sensors to detect other magnetic fields. In the automotive industry, for example, more precise...

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: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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...

Question of the Week: Electronics & Computers
Are You Dealing with Power Failures?

Energy demands are increasing as consumer, industrial, and data communications markets require greater power distribution.

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics
Engineers Create a Camera With No Lens

In the future, your car windshield could become a giant camera sensing objects on the road. Or each window in a home could be turned into a security camera.

CMOS Image Sensor

Teledyne e2v (Chelmsford, UK) has announced Snappy 2 megapixel, a new CMOS image sensor designed for barcode reading and other 2D scanning applications. The...

New solar energy research from Arizona State University demonstrates that silicon-based tandem photovoltaic modules, which convert sunlight to electricity with higher efficiency...

If you want to get the greatest benefit from a beam of light—whether to detect a distant planet or to remedy an aberration in the human eye—you need to be able to measure it. Well, a...

A new approach to structural coloration is more freeform than you might expect.

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...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Will Social Robots Enter the Consumer Market?

In today's lead story, neuroscientist Dr. Philipp Kellmeyer told Tech Briefs:

Many manufacturers are relying on vision system integrators to implement machine vision. Our expert tells a reader how to find the right one for you.
For social robots to become commonplace in clinical settings, engineers will need to build both technology improvements as well something slightly more complicated: Trust.

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