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Question of the Week: Energy
Will We Ever See Humidity Panels Alongside Solar Panels?

Our lead INSIDER story featured an experiment from Tel Aviv University that supports the idea of water vapor as an alternative energy source.

What do you think? Will We Ever See Humidity Panels Alongside Solar Panels?

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White Papers: Defense
Why Do Bolts Loosen

Nord-Lock’s eBook "Why Do Bolts Loosen" explores the topic of why bolted joints lose preload and how to prevent it from happening.

Question of the Week: Automotive
Will On-Demand Octane Improve Fuel Economy?

A video on Tech Briefs TV this month demonstrated a Pacific Northwest National Laboratory technology that enables on-demand octane by portioning ethanol from gasoline. PNNL researchers believe their invention could increase fuel economy and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Do you agree? Watch the video...

Facility Focus: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Facility Focus: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rensselaer Engineering focuses on solving the “grand challenges” facing humanity.
This method of producing clean syngas could be used to develop a sustainable liquid fuel alternative to gasoline.
This type of energy source could be the basis for robots that seek out and “eat” metal, breaking down its chemical bonds for energy like humans do with food.
This green process produces pristine graphene in bulk using waste food, plastic, and other materials.
These composites could improve how unmanned vehicles dissipate energy.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Products of Tomorrow: June 2020
Nature-Inspired Energy Tech, Superelastic Tires, Wearable Supercapacitors, and more...
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Wearable Device Monitors Health
The flexible device harvests heat energy from the body to monitor health.
The rainproof, stainproof technology turns clothing into self-powered remotes while turning away bacteria.
This fast, flexible tool allows researchers to quickly compare and prioritize strategies for converting biomass to fuels and products.
Applications include emergency medicine, combat casualty care, and sports injuries.
The method slashes battery testing times — a key barrier to longer-lasting, faster-charging batteries for electric vehicles.
This new design could conserve energy used for defrosting airplanes, appliances, and more.
The AI system can help shorten the time required for 2D material-based electronics to be ready for consumer devices.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Shape Memory Alloy Mechanisms for CubeSats
This lightweight and efficient mechanism enables retention, release, and deployment of solar arrays and antennas.
The domino effect is used to design deployable systems that expand quickly with a small push and are stable and locked into place after deployment.
The capacitor could enable a new generation of electronics that will require less power and generate less heat.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Polymer Twists and Bends in the Presence of Light
A liquid crystal elastomer can be programmed to exhibit controllable, dynamic behavior without the need for complex electronic components.
A team at Northwestern University is developing a material so porous that if you were able to unfold a gram of it, you could go farther than a football field.
White Papers: Aerospace
Selecting the Correct Level of DC-DC Converter for Your Application

Most power systems for high-reliability applications can be constructed from standard power modules. The typical scenario requires various DC output voltages and power...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Maximizing Safety in Advanced Battery Systems
Fuse devices enable circuit safety in high-power applications, such as motion control and alternative energy generation, in addition to electric vehicles.
Applications include powering portable electronic devices and sensors, and harvesting waste mechanical energy for aircraft, automobile, and other transportation equipment.
Q&A: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Q&A: Simple Solar-Powered Desalination
Lenan Zhang and his team at MIT developed a small, economical, highly efficient device to provide fresh drinking water using only the Sun for its energy input.
Articles: Photonics/Optics
Products of Tomorrow: April 2020
A wildfire-preventing gel; NASA's 3D tissue models, and more.
A wearable energy harvesting device could generate energy from the swing of an arm while walking or jogging.
A new method provides a more efficient, safer, and cost-effective way to produce cadmium telluride material for solar cells or other applications.
The coating could make lightweight lithium metal batteries safe and long-lasting for the next generation of electric vehicles.

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