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Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Potassium-Oxygen Battery Stores Clean Energy

Researchers have developed a more efficient, more reliable potassium-oxygen battery with a cathode that stores the energy produced by a chemical reaction in a metal-oxygen or metal-air battery....

As lithium-ion battery production doubles, more viable energy storage solutions are needed.
A combination of additives shows promise for boosting battery performance in very cold or hot weather.
The nanogenerator also acts as a weather station.
Briefs : Internet of Things
Photovoltaic-Powered Sensors
RFID-based devices work in indoor and outdoor lighting conditions and could transmit data for years before they need to be replaced.
When combined with saltwater, rust can be a source of electricity.
This lightweight material brings strength and durability to complex shapes.
Glenn's research facilities have contributed to decades of technology advances.
Changing directions of twist and coiling changes whether a material cools or heats.
Products include an aerosol scattering sensor; metal foam; and a new coated drug capsule.
This technology has applications in sonar, range measuring, directional-force sensors, flow meters, and vibration/noise sensing and control.
Briefs : Test & Measurement
Washable Sensor Can Be Woven Into Materials
The device could impact composites manufacturing and health monitoring.

Innovators at NASA Johnson Space Center have developed a calorimeter that is able to measure the total heat generated when specific types of Lithium-ion (Li-ion) cells are...

This multifunctional hybrid laminate composite can be used for residential and commercial construction.
White Papers : Energy
Test of Complex Autonomous Vehicle Designs

Autonomous vehicles (AV) combine multiple sensors, computers and communication technology to make driving safer and improve the driver’s experience. Learn about design and test of complex sensor and communication technologies being built into AVs from our white paper and posters.

A new charging cell wants to use low-grade heat from our industrial processes to power our devices.
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Undercooled Metal Technology for Flexible Electronics

Undercooled metal technology was developed that features liquid metal (in this case, Field's metal, an alloy of bismuth, indium, and tin) trapped below its melting point in polished,...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Battery-Free Sensor for Underwater Use

To investigate oceans, researchers aim to build a submerged network of interconnected sensors that sends data to the surface. Supplying constant power to scores of sensors designed to stay for long...

Learn about the world's first wave-driven desalination system.
Briefs : RF & Microwave Electronics
Method Produces Three-Dimensional, Curved Electronics

Contact lenses that can monitor the wearer’s health and correct eyesight use embedded electronics. These, and other curved devices such as solar cells and electronics, could be...

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Wind Event Warning System

NASA Langley Research Center developed a wind event warning technology that provides a practical early warning system (5-10 minutes) for a severe change in the wind vector. Events such as gusts, shear, microbursts,...

Researchers have created a motion-powered, fireproof sensor that can track the movements of firefighters, steelworkers, miners, and others who work in high-risk environments where they cannot always be seen....

A new wearable could make heart health monitoring easier and more accurate than existing electrocardiograph machines.
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
New Class of Two-Dimensional Materials

A process was developed for producing oxide perovskite crystals in flexible, free-standing layers. A two-dimensional rendition of this substance is intriguing because 2D materials have been shown to...

Facility Focus : Information Technology
Facility Focus: National Science Foundation
In recent decades, NSF-funded researchers have discovered quite a bit, including many of the fundamental particles of matter.
Products : Electronics & Computers
Product of the Month: November 2019 Tech Briefs
OnLogic has introduced the Karbon 700 high-performance rugged computer.
Question of the Week : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Will Wave-Powered Desalination Catch On?

Today's lead INSIDER story demonstrated how ocean waves can be used to turn seawater into freshwater.

Inventor Olivier Ceberio found a new way to turn ocean waves into fresh water.
INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
A Battery-Free Sensor for Underwater Exploration

To investigate the vastly unexplored oceans covering most of our planet, researchers aim to build a submerged network of interconnected sensors that send data to the surface — an...

A new device, inspired by a rose, inexpensively collects and purifies water. The device is a new approach to solar steaming for water production — a technique that uses energy from sunlight...

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