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Latest Briefs & News

On-Demand Webinars : Energy
Thermal Management Crisis: Knowing Your Passive Solution Options

Product development engineers are continually challenged to make the next-generation design of their devices smaller and lighter while increasing functionality. Next-generation sensors, power amplifiers, and FPGAs ensure that power consumption will continue to increase, and...

A new bendable supercapacitor made from graphene, which charges quickly and safely stores a record-high level of energy for use over a long period, has been developed and...

New research by engineers at MIT and elsewhere could lead to batteries that can pack more power per pound and last longer, based on the long-sought goal of using pure lithium metal...

Question of the Week : Automotive
Will We Ever Recharge Electric Batteries As Quickly As We Get Gas?

Stanford University researchers have developed a machine learning-based method that cuts battery testing times by 98 percent. The team says that their A.I. technique could lead to a future where an electric battery is recharged in the time it takes to stop at a gas station. Watch...

The additive creates fuel from biomass while improving engine performance.
These actuators provide active flow control for airfoil surfaces and supersonic inlets of wing-borne vehicles.
Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New on the Market: March 2020
Thermal cameras, testing software, an ion air knife, and more.
These thin films hold great promise for solar cells and LEDs.
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Bio-Inspired Mechanics to Make Robots More Effective
This technology could impact new directions in robotics design.
Question of the Week : Energy
Will Rain Become a Viable Energy Source?

Our lead INSIDER story today demonstrated the power of a droplet energy generator – specifically the system’s ability to light up 100 LEDs with just a small amount of water.

An energy breakthrough from the City University of Hong Kong finds power in a single drop of water – up to 140 volts, in fact.
Question of the Week : Materials
Will Cooling Coatings Catch On?

This month’s Tech Briefs featured a potential alternative to the air conditioner: A painted-on polymer coating that can cool down a building.

This robot “blood” stores energy, transmits force, operates appendages, and provides structure, all in an integrated design.
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printing of Plastics with Electrical Circuits
This innovation could lead to better drones, satellites, and biomedical devices.
Briefs : Green Design & Manufacturing
Catalysis Approach Reduces Carbon Dioxide to Methane
This approach is a cost-effective way to convert carbon dioxide gas into methane.
Electric motors and gas-alcohol engines could slash pollution levels and greenhouse gases from long-haul trucks.
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Ruthenium-Doped Thermoelectric Materials
These robust materials convert excess heat energy into electricity.
These stickers wirelessly beam health readings to a receiver clipped onto clothing.
Applying a surface-active agent makes metal easier to cut and shape into parts and pieces.
These advances are useful for transportation, infrastructure, and aerospace.
A new method of estimating the optimal trailing aircraft position in a formation increases fuel savings.
Heartbeat-based biometrics, sonic-boom displays, and an artificial leaf.

A unique new flexible and stretchable device, worn against the skin and capable of producing electrical energy by transforming the compounds present in sweat, has been developed and...

Life support research for astronauts enabled a solution to one aspect of climate change.

Webcasts

Upcoming Webinars: Photonics/Optics

High-Powered Directed Energy Laser Projects: Destroy the Target,...

Upcoming Webinars: Photonics/Optics

Optical Coating Design

Upcoming Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Rapid Decompression and Sealed Containers: Why Choose Magnet...

Upcoming Webinars: Motion Control

Advantages of Smart Servo Steppers vs. Smart Brushless Servos

Upcoming Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Large Cable, Large Problems: Considerations for Innovation

Upcoming Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control

Collaborative Robots: Are They as Safe as They Sound?