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A comprehensive library of technical briefs from engineering experts at NASA and major government, university, and commercial laboratories covering all aspects of innovations in electronics, software, photonics, imaging, motion control, automation, sensors, test, materials, manufacturing, mechanical, and mechatronics.

Briefs: Imaging
Multiple commercial applications include defense, search and rescue, and disaster relief.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This technology is useful for energy, industrial, and aerospace applications.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This technology offers the possibility to both bolster computer power and create smaller, faster, and more energy-efficient computer memory technologies.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A new proof-of-concept photonic pH sensor could advance studies of tissue regeneration.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
These sensors monitor electrical loads from household appliances to support grid operations.
Briefs: Medical
This kiosk provides an accessible and affordable method for rapid, one-stop diagnostics to reduce time to treatment.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The lab-on-a-chip device allows researchers to look at several different aspects of a disease simultaneously.
Briefs: Materials
The self-adapting material was inspired by how human bone adjusts mineral deposits in response to surrounding environments.
Briefs: Medical
The removable adhesive could make it easier for surgeons to close up internal wounds.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The system looks for chemical indicators found in sweat to give a real-time snapshot of what’s happening inside the body.
Briefs: Wearables
The sensor has applications in fields such as robotics, healthcare, and security.
Briefs: Imaging
Polymer Composite for Radiation Shielding
The polymer composite could replace conventional radiation shielding materials such as lead.
Briefs: Imaging
This method detects power line faults using a drone.
Briefs: Imaging
A research team has built a super-high-speed microscope.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
A new low-cost imaging system could make it easier to track mosquito species that carry disease, enabling a more timely and targeted response.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Using integrated photonic chips fabricated at EPFL, scientists have demonstrated laser-based microwave generators.
Briefs: Imaging
A new CT scan method using intense synchrotron radiation produces higher quality images within milliseconds.
Briefs: Materials
Researchers at Linköping University, together with colleagues in China, have developed a tiny unit that is both an optical transmitter and a receiver.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Quantum computer circuits that will no longer need extremely cold temperatures to function could become a reality.
Briefs: Aerospace
This method creates a thin-film electrode for a bio-nanobattery.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
This work potentially opens the door to advances like more energy-efficient electronic devices.
Briefs: Energy
The new technology demonstrates a 20 percent savings in fuel in typical passenger car low-load operating conditions.
Briefs: Materials
Sensors in the hand can actually detect forces being transmitted through the thickness of the robot.
Briefs: Materials
This rapid screening system tests fracture resistance in billions of potential materials.
Briefs: Communications
A quantum material could offset energy demand of artificial intelligence.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The new filament allows low-cost printers to produce parts with mechanical properties competitive with injection molded plastics.
Briefs: Aerospace
The miniaturized, autonomous, reconfigurable solar sail is capable of very fine maneuvering by small surface deformation.
Briefs: Software
This method provides a fast way to assess rocket engine performance in a variety of operating conditions.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The device provides quick results and gives healthcare workers more time to treat patients in hospitals and other settings.

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