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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: Energy
The flexible device harvests heat energy from the body to monitor health.
Briefs: Materials
This green process produces pristine graphene in bulk using waste food, plastic, and other materials.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
A novel plate-cell architecture reaches the theoretical limit of performance.
Briefs: Energy
These composites could improve how unmanned vehicles dissipate energy.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This technology supports CO2 emissions reduction in cement manufacturing.
Briefs: Internet of Things
The rainproof, stainproof technology turns clothing into self-powered remotes while turning away bacteria.
Briefs: Materials
Inspired by the octopus, the structure senses, computes, and responds without any centralized processing.
Briefs: Propulsion
This diffuser provides double the pumping efficiency in one-quarter the space.
Briefs: Energy
The capacitor could enable a new generation of electronics that will require less power and generate less heat.
Briefs: Software
This program generates a mesh that conforms to a complex model without clipping.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This passive device relies on a layer of material that blocks incoming sunlight but lets heat radiate away.
Briefs: Imaging
An inexpensive 3D-printed microfluidics device could be used to personalize cancer treatment.
Briefs: Medical
The material consists solely of components that have already been shown to work well in the body.
Briefs: Materials
A ceramic sensor could be embedded into structures such as bridges and aircraft to monitor their health.
Briefs: AR/AI
The AI system can help shorten the time required for 2D material-based electronics to be ready for consumer devices.
Briefs: Aerospace
This instrument has applications in medical equipment, robotics, and satellites.
Briefs: Defense
Computational Model Predicts Human Behavior
This analytic model shows how groups of people influence individual behavior.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This device could enable rapid, inexpensive liquid biopsies to help detect cancer and develop targeted treatment plans.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Applications include optical data transfer, infrared and night-vision systems, environmental sensors, and breath analysis for medical diagnosis.
Briefs: Medical
Mobile, Wearable EEG Device with Nanowire Sensors
This low-cost electroencephalogram (EEG) device provides research-grade signal quality.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Applications include distributed computer systems, computer security, and commercial satellite systems.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Applications include emergency medicine, combat casualty care, and sports injuries.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
Applications include imaging, sensing, wireless communications, and medical treatments.
Briefs: Imaging
Landers to small bodies such as comets and asteroids can use this program to estimate the terrain richness of the previously unmapped small body.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The technique could be used to improve navigation for robots, drones, or pedestrians.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This on-skin electronic device provides a personal air conditioner without electricity.
Briefs: AR/AI
This device could give doctors a new therapeutic option for treating patients with conditions such as heart failure.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
The material combines two polymers with different properties.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
This diagnostic device allows doctors to detect cancer quickly from a droplet of blood or plasma.

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