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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: Materials
The adhesive that binds wet surfaces within seconds could be used to heal wounds or implant medical devices.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
These materials can be used in soft robotics, self-healing electronics, and medical devices.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The electrospun nanofibers are used for wound healing and 3D matrices for biological tissues.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The newest PLCs can directly access Internet resources, much like a mobile device, to obtain information for improving operations.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A new method provides a more efficient, safer, and cost-effective way to produce cadmium telluride material for solar cells or other applications.
Briefs: Motion Control
Fuse devices enable circuit safety in high-power applications, such as motion control and alternative energy generation, in addition to electric vehicles.
Briefs: Materials
These carbon-based fillers can be used in thermally conductive clothing such as liquid-cooled garments.
Briefs: Materials
This imaging technique could impact optical communications and signal processing.
Briefs: Imaging
This work could accelerate the development of flexible electronics.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The lasers are small and efficient enough to fit on a microchip.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Applications include homeland security, vehicle anti-collision systems, telecommunications systems, and industrial instrumentation.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This method could lead to the transmission of data at the rate of 100 gigabits per second.
Briefs: IoMT
Housed in a chip, it lets IoT devices communicate with existing WiFi networks.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The basis for the technology is a special resin that can be cured with UV light.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The NASA study is a first step in developing a model to deploy in future disasters.
Briefs: Aerospace
In the middle ground between microwaves and visible light lies terahertz radiation, and the promise of “Tray vision.”
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Researchers have developed new nanoscale technology to image and measure more of the stresses and strains on materials under high pressures.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A wireless sensor small enough to be implanted in the blood vessels of the human brain could help clinicians evaluate the healing of aneurysms.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Drones, smartphones, and sensors could provide a lifeline to the world’s growing elderly population at risk of falls.
Briefs: Data Acquisition
A mobile, wearable device the size of a Band-Aid could allow babies to leave the hospital and be monitored from home.
Briefs: Medical
The lenses can prevent dry eyes and may be used for drug delivery.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
These electrode implants will allow people with a dysfunctional inner ear to hear again.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The bus is designed for high-frequency, high-temperature operation in electric drive systems and next-generation power electronics.
Briefs: Aerospace
This cost-saving piping insulation has uses in refrigerated containers that protect food, medicine, and other perishables.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Magnetic Shield Using Proximity Coupled, Spatially Varying Superconducting Order Parameters
This magnetic shielding design can be easily incorporated into a wide range of electronic sensing applications.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This trailing edge flap device reduces noise without compromising cruise efficiency or landing lift and stall characteristics.
Briefs: Wearables
The technology could enable remote control of drug delivery, sensing, and other medical applications.
Briefs: Aerospace
The new arm design enables unmanned aerial vehicles to fly in windy conditions.
Briefs: Materials
These materials can be used in aerospace vehicles, automobiles, clothing, helmets, and chemical sensors.

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