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Sustainable 3D-Printed Magnets
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Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Applications include wearables, airplane cabin monitoring, medical diagnostics, and indoor air quality measurement.
Briefs: Energy
The new battery is degradable, recyclable, non-toxic, and safer than lithium-ion batteries.
Briefs: Materials
The membrane prevents dendrite formation, at least doubling the lifetime of a lithium-metal battery.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
The battery can withstand thousands of charge and discharge cycles and years of storage before being composted.
Briefs: Materials

Researchers have developed graphene-based sensing technology using G-Putty material — a highly malleable graphene blended putty. The printed sensors are 50 times more sensitive than the...

Briefs: Energy
This work could help severely injured people, such as soldiers, regain the ability to control their movements.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
These antennas dramatically increase the amount of information that can be simultaneously transmitted by a coherent light source.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The soft robot harvests energy from a laser beam and can crawl on horizontal surfaces and climb vertical walls and an upside-down glass ceiling.
Briefs: Materials
The flexible antenna was designed for active aeronautical satellite communications.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
The wearable antenna bends, stretches, and compresses without compromising function.
Briefs: Imaging
To modernize optical storage, Purdue researchers are replacing Morse code with colored “digital characters.”
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A new imaging method allows researchers to see inside complex semiconductors, without destroying them.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Northwestern researchers have developed a new microscopy method that allows scientists to see the building blocks of “smart” materials.
Briefs: Lighting
An entire 20-story concrete building could store energy like a giant battery.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The rechargeable batteries could be a safer and more environmentally friendly alternative to lithium-ion batteries.
Briefs: Propulsion
This below-the-hook device enables gentle crane placement to decrease the risk of property damage.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Applications include vehicle and aircraft tires, sports helmets, military equipment, and seals and couplings.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
The Battery Identity Global Passport could be accessible as a scannable QR code or a computer chip.
Briefs: Materials
Material for shoe bottoms could help prevent falls in icy or slippery conditions.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
The technology recovers pure and precious metals from alloys in cellphones and other electrical waste.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This novel gel-creation method could open applications in water filtration, batteries, and smart windows.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The solution increases water recovery, prevents mineral scaling, and cuts the volume of brines in half.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The organic composite material is soft, stretchable, and has good thermoelectric properties for many wearable applications.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Prototypes show promise as a low-cost, natural filtration option.
Briefs: Energy
Applications include wind turbines, solar arrays, commercial space mobile launchers, and industrial process stacks and equipment.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
A connection between electricity and mechanical motion in soft, rubber-like materials could improve robot range.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This artificial muscle technology enables more human-like motion.
Briefs: Materials
SMA tube elements drive rotary and ring gear motion in compact, powerful actuators.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
The chemical process turns plastic into biodegradable chemicals for surfactants and detergents.

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