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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 paper-like material could be useful in soft robots, sensors, artificial muscles, and electric generators.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
This could reduce the environmental impact of styrene manufacturing.
Briefs: Data Acquisition
An algorithm runs onboard a vehicle, providing important real-time data to aid in steering the craft.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Normally an insulator, diamond becomes a metallic conductor when subjected to large strain.
Briefs: Aerospace
The new hinge is the key to get loadbearing, large quadrotors to climb a few dozen feet in seconds.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The sensors could be used in medical applications such as neuroscience and metabolism processes.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This technique has applications in strain, temperature, pressure, vibration, and acoustic sensing.
Briefs: Materials
This method increases burn rate of solid propellants.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This technology provides drones sufficient time and distance to react, avoid wires, and navigate follow-on maneuvers.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The miniaturized detector mimics the process dogs use to detect cancer and other diseases by smell.
Briefs: Aerospace
The proposed design could reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 95 percent.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
This invention achieves sustainable freshwater production in a variety of climates at minimal energy cost.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Flea-sized, hollow blocks can be filled with materials that improve healing.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Applications include monitoring of earthquakes and tsunamis as well as manmade infrasonic sources such as boats.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
A new method could jump-start the creation of tiny medical devices for the body.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Programmed magnetic nanobeads are used to detect the virus in 55 minutes or less.
Briefs: Power
Thrusters based on magnetic reconnection could complete long-distance missions in a shorter period of time.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The portable lab-on-a-chip detects many contaminants in water supplies.
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
Autonomous quadcopters can be trained using simulations to increase their speed, agility, and efficiency.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
This model can be used to design better aircraft without having to wait months for supercomputer calculations.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Potential applications include parachutes, hot air balloons, weather balloons, blimps, sails, and parasails.
Briefs: Materials
The structures’ small size and porosity make them well-suited for building components such as replacement joints.
Briefs: Materials
Synthetic materials can mimic how living organisms expand and contract soft tissues, achieving complex 3D movements and functions.
Briefs: Materials
Bioinspired cellulose nanofibrils can be controlled by electricity.
Briefs: Energy
This technology provides highly efficient grid-scale electricity storage at a fifth of the cost of current storage technologies.
Briefs: Transportation
The cathodes could enhance energy density of next-generation Li-ion batteries.
Briefs: Energy
The alloy could influence the way energy storage devices are designed and manufactured.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Emerging robotics technology may lead to better buildings in less time.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
These robots could perform basic healthcare tasks to support the work of doctors and nurses.

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