News : Medical
Imaging Technique With Potential For Medical Diagnostics

A unique new imaging method, called polarized nuclear imaging, combines powerful aspects of both magnetic resonance imaging and gamma-ray imaging. Developed by two physicists in the University of Virginia's departments of physics and radiology, it has potential for new types of...

News : Medical
Brain Computer Interface Helps Paralyzed Man Feel Again

Imagine being in an accident that leaves you unable to feel any sensation in your arms and fingers. Now imagine regaining that sensation, a decade later, through a mind-controlled robotic arm that is directly connected to your brain.

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
New Scanning Method Speeds Up 3D Printing

Penn State University researchers have used a beam deflector to increase the speed of 2D and 3D printing by up to 1000 times.

Question of the Week : Aerospace
Will we see a flying car transportation service?

This week’s Question: Ride-hailing company Uber recently released a white paper outlining its new transport service: the flying car. The company envisions a “network of small, electric aircraft that take off and land vertically.” The proposal aims to use airspace to relieve transportation...

News : Materials
Flexible Solar Panels Absorb Diffused Light

Virginia Tech researchers have produced flexible solar panels that can become part of window shades or wallpaper. The material will capture light from the sun as well as light from sources inside buildings.

News : Data Acquisition
Oldest Known Planet-Forming Disk Discovered

A group of citizen scientists and professional astronomers, including Carnegie's Jonathan Gagné, joined forces to discover an unusual hunting ground for exoplanets. They found a star surrounded by the oldest known circumstellar disk: a primordial ring of gas and dust that orbits around a young star...

News : Data Acquisition
Help for Fishing Vessels to Locate Their Catch

Professional fishermen have been wanting to obtain data that could help them better predict where fish can be found. A solution may be around the corner. They may get a decision-making tool that tells them where fish shoals are located and how their vessels can be operated as economically as...

News : Data Acquisition
Exploring Vast 'Submerged America' and Bubbling Methane Vents

Five hundred vents newly discovered off the U.S. West Coast, each bubbling methane from Earth's belly, top a long list of revelations about "submerged America" being celebrated by leading marine explorers meeting in New York. "It appears that the entire coast off Washington, Oregon,...

News : Data Acquisition
Creating 3D Hands to Keep Us Safe and Increase Security

Creating a 3D replica of someone's hand, complete with all five fingerprints, and then breaking into a secure vault may sound like a plot from a James Bond movie, but Michigan State University Distinguished Professor Anil Jain recently discovered this may not be as far-fetched as once...

Question of the Week : Software
Will artificial intelligence do more good than bad for humanity?

This week's Question: World-famous physicist Stephen Hawking recently warned that the creation of powerful artificial intelligence will be “either the best, or the worst thing, ever to happen to humanity.” Hawking noted the risks of creating superintelligence with a will of its...

News : Motion Control
Spherical Motor Eliminates Robot’s Mechanical Drive System

The SIMbot robot features an elegant motor with just one moving part: the ball. The only other active moving part of the robot is the body itself. A spherical induction motor (SIM) eliminates the mechanical drive system and can move the ball in any direction using only electronic...

News : Motion Control
New Steel Enables Better Electric Motors

In order to make plug-in electric vehicles as affordable and convenient as internal-combustion cars, their motors must be smaller, lighter, more powerful, and more cost-effective. A research team is working to develop motors with the stator core (a non-rotating, magnetic part) manufactured with thin...

News : Imaging
Researchers Make Full-Color Holograms from Nanomaterials

Imagine cell phones with 3D floating displays, or credit cards with three-dimensional security markings.

By using just one layer of nanoscale metallic film, researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology have reconstructed 3D full-color holographic images. The...

Who's Who : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Edward Chow, AUDREY Program Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA

Edward Chow leads the development of AUDREY, the Assistant for Understanding Data through Reasoning, Extraction, and sYnthesis. The artificial-intelligence system captures a variety of sensor data, including gases, temperature, and location signals. By sending alerts...

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
4D Printing: New dimension for additive manufacturing

A team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have demonstrated the 3D printing of shape-shifting structures that can fold or unfold to reshape themselves when exposed to heat or electricity. The micro-architected structures are fabricated from a conductive, environmentally...

News : Aerospace
Lattice structure absorbs vibrations

Strong vibrations from a bus engine can be felt uncomfortably through the seats. Similarly, vibrations from the propellers or rotors in propeller aircraft and helicopters can make the flight bumpy and loud. They also lead to increased fatigue damage of the aircraft and its components. Engineers have therefore...

News : Aerospace
Carbon nanotube 'stitches' make stronger, lighter composites

The newest Airbus and Boeing passenger jets flying today are made primarily from advanced composite materials such as carbon fiber reinforced plastic – extremely light, durable materials that reduce the overall weight of the plane by as much as 20 percent compared to aluminum-bodied...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
New System Allows Buildings to 'Sense' Internal Damage

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a computational model that makes sense of the ambient vibrations that travel up a structure as trucks and other forces rumble by. By picking out specific features in the noise that give indications of a building’s...

Question of the Week : Software
Can algorithms create a pop-music hit?

This week's Question: Sony Computer Science Laboratory (CSL) in Paris is developing a system of algorithms which can create songs that cater to the user's taste, based on styles adapted from existing music. Starting with a sheet-music database of more than 13,000 existing songs, users choose several titles...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
‘Robomussels’ Monitor Climate Change

Northeastern University scientist Brian Helmuth and other researchers have developed "robomussels" that monitor climate change. The tiny devices have miniature built-in sensor that track temperatures inside the mussel beds.

News : Electronics & Computers
Entry-Level PXI/PXIe Platforms

ADLINK Technology (San Jose, CA) announced new entry-level PXI and PXI Express (PXIe) platforms for PXI testing system startup users. PXES-2301 is an all-hybrid, 6-slot compact PXIe chassis with system bandwidth up to 8 GB/s. PXIe-3935 and PXI-3930 are embedded controllers with Intel® Celeron® 2000E 2.2GHz...

News : Electronics & Computers
Scientists Find Twisting 3-D Electron Raceway in Nanoscale Crystal Slices

Researchers have created an exotic 3-D racetrack for electrons in ultrathin slices of a nanomaterial they fabricated at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The international team of scientists from Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley,...

News : Electronics & Computers
Complex Materials Can Self-Organize Into Circuits

Researchers studying the behavior of nanoscale materials at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have uncovered remarkable behavior that could advance microprocessors beyond today’s silicon-based chips. The study shows that a single crystal complex oxide material, when...

News : Semiconductors & ICs
Chaos-Based Microchips Offer Possible Solution to Moore’s Law

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed new, nonlinear, chaos-based integrated circuits that enable computer chips to perform multiple functions with fewer transistors. These integrated circuits can be manufactured with “off the shelf” fabrication processes...

News : Software
Image Processing Software

With the new EVT (Karlsruhe, Germany) EyeScan AT 3D, the EyeVision image processing software shows its new 3C commands and display options for the point cloud when inspecting connector pins. The system works for almost any connector to check the quality of the pins. The software measures connector tolerances and...

News : Imaging
Single Photon Counting Camera

PHOTONIS (Roden, NL) announced the release of a new single photon counting camera ideal for fast imaging under light starved conditions, such as Time Correlated Single Photon Counting (TCSPC). The camera features micrometer resolution, picosecond timing, a full 18mm wide field of view and a count rate as high as...

News : Imaging
High-Speed Camera

Fastec Imaging’s (San Diego, CA) IL5 High-Speed 5MP Camera enables you to record production lines moving at high speed for analysis or troubleshooting using slow motion replay. There are four models to choose from, boasting crisp, clean video from 2560 x 2080 @ 230fps to 800 x 600 @ 1650fps. All models record over 3200 fps at...

News : Imaging
Rugged Thermal Camera

Sierra-Olympic Technologies (Hood River, OR) recently introduced the Viento 67-640 thermal camera for perimeter surveillance, robotics, and other rugged outdoor imaging applications. The new thermal imager features a fixed focal length and fixed mount. With a 640 x 480, 17-micron thermal imaging core, it provides standard...

News : Energy
Invention Merges Solar With Liquid Battery

As solar cells produce a greater proportion of total electric power, a fundamental limitation remains: the dark of night when solar cells go to sleep. Lithium-ion batteries, the commonplace batteries used in everything from hybrid vehicles to laptop computers, are too expensive a solution to use on...

News : Photonics/Optics
X-ray Laser Glimpses How Electrons Dance with Atomic Nuclei in Materials

From hard to malleable, from transparent to opaque, from channeling electricity to blocking it: materials come in all types. A number of their intriguing properties originate in the way a material’s electrons “dance” with its lattice of atomic nuclei, which is also in...