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These tiny detectors could record characteristics of light such as color, polarity, and angle.
Complete integrated circuits with more than 1,000 organic electrochemical transistors can be screen-printed.
The algorithm identified a new compound potentially useful for photonic devices and biologically inspired computers.
The transistors enable power converters to perform at substantially improved efficiencies, especially in high-power applications.
This tool could help surgeons better treat tumors and brain diseases.
The software could help reduce cost and waste for companies using additive manufacturing to mass-produce parts in factories.
Movements of individual particles of light are reconstructed to see through clouds, fog, and other obstructions.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Polymer-Based Electrical Insulation for Circuits
The new material could help put more power in smaller microchips.
Thanks to its flexibility and adhesion, the biodegradable display can be worn directly on the hand.
The technology could boost quantum computers and other superconducting electronics.
New high bus voltage stepper motor systems avoid the complexity and expense of servo motors.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
High-Capacity Optical Data Storage Disk
Using gold nanomaterials, this disk can hold data securely for more than 600 years.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Mode I Fracture Testing Apparatus
The device uses load frames to test bonded structures in aerospace, automotive, defense, and energy storage applications.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Square Structural Joint with Robotic Assembly Tool
Applications include portable aerospace structures and terrestrial structures such as cleanrooms and field hospitals.
This work could lead to much more robust devices that continue to operate in spite of damage.
Briefs: Aerospace
The software automatically checks mission operations logs.
Briefs: Automotive
Synapse-Like Phototransistor
The technology could help computers process visual information more like the human brain.
The reusable mask would include a heated copper mesh powered by a battery and surrounded by insulating neoprene.
Mobile radar devices could replace standard stethoscopes.
The inexpensive cameras are easy to produce.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Smartphone-Based Medical Tests
A smartphone, combined with nanoscale porous silicon, enables inexpensive, simple, home diagnostics.
Artificial intelligence is used to decode X-ray images faster, which could aid innovations in medicine, materials, and energy.

Due to the chemical stability and durability of industrial polymers, plastic waste does not easily degrade in landfills and is often burned, which produces carbon dioxide and other hazardous gases. In...

The promise of personalized medicine involves a simple device that keeps each person apprised of their level of health, identifies even trace amounts of undesirable biomarkers...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Fully Recyclable Printed Electronics
Nearly 100% of all-carbon-based transistors are reclaimed while retaining future functionality of the materials.
The device, powered by ultrasound waves, could help doctors monitor the health of transplanted organs and provide early warning of potential transplant failure.
The new photonic architecture could transform digital communications, artificial intelligence, and quantum computing.
Briefs: Communications
WiFi RSSI Sensor Tracker for the ISS
This software could also be used for indoor navigation assistance for the visually impaired.
A flexible, free-standing THz sensor array images blind ends of irregularly shaped objects.