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Briefs: Transportation
The membrane prevents dendrite formation, at least doubling the lifetime of a lithium-metal battery.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
Oscillatory and rotational motions of different parts are combined to pave the way to developing super-miniaturized mechanical devices.
Briefs: Materials
This artificial muscle technology enables more human-like motion.
Briefs: Propulsion
This below-the-hook device enables gentle crane placement to decrease the risk of property damage.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Applications include vehicle and aircraft tires, sports helmets, military equipment, and seals and couplings.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This treatment has the potential to remove from drinking water nearly all viruses that have an “outer fortress.”
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Applications include manned deep space exploration and terrestrial CO2 removal systems.
Briefs: Materials
High-quality coated components can be integrated into complex systems in a sustainable way.
Briefs: Energy
Chilled panels use less energy than conventional A/C and work in open spaces.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The robot firmly but gently grasps objects as small as 1 millimeter in diameter.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This novel gel-creation method could open applications in water filtration, batteries, and smart windows.
Briefs: Aerospace
The solution increases water recovery, prevents mineral scaling, and cuts the volume of brines in half.
Briefs: Aerospace
Applications include wind turbines, solar arrays, commercial space mobile launchers, and industrial process stacks and equipment.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Superalloys that withstand extremely high temperatures could be finely tuned for specific properties such as mechanical strength.
Briefs: Motion Control
The lightweight brake rotor design with high heat dissipation uses novel surface cooling technology.
Briefs: Materials
Prototypes show promise as a low-cost, natural filtration option.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
An enhanced polymer could be used for more energy-efficient systems with a smaller carbon footprint.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
SMA tube elements drive rotary and ring gear motion in compact, powerful actuators.
Briefs: Transportation
The Battery Identity Global Passport could be accessible as a scannable QR code or a computer chip.
Briefs: Energy
This technology can be used for large production volumes such as fuel-cell-powered vehicles.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Solid-state batteries offer a higher level of safety and potentially longer life than lithium-ion batteries.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Applications include sensor signal conditioning in harsh conditions such as automotive, oil and gas operations, and firefighting.
Briefs: Software
The algorithm speeds up the planning process robots use to adjust their grip on objects for picking and sorting or tool use.
Briefs: Software
A production-based X-ray solution performs product quality evaluation directly on the manufacturing line.
Briefs: Materials
The soft material demonstrates autonomous, heartbeat-like oscillating properties.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Terrestrial uses include physical therapy, clinical diagnosis, athletic training and performance, and robust exercise equipment.
Briefs: Wearables
This wearable device is placed on the skin to measure a variety of body responses, from electrical to biomechanical signals.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The size and shape of the nanostructure can be controlled as it is assembled piece by piece.
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
These tiny aerial robots can operate in cramped spaces and withstand collisions.

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