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The NiobiCon™ underwater connector will not short out, corrode, or cause an electrical shock if touched while powered in harsh environments like saltwater.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Glove-Like Device Mimics Sense of Touch
The soft, wearable device simulates the sense of touch and has wide potential in medical and industrial applications.
Jacobs' scientists are helping to make contract-tracing apps, emergency-use ventilators, and even squid-bots.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Nanoscale Thermal Switches
These switches are key to thermal management of nanoscale devices, refrigeration, data storage, thermal computing, and heat management of buildings.

Researchers developed a wearable technology that can hide its wearer from heat-detecting sensors such as night vision goggles, even when the ambient temperature changes. The technology...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
SpaceCube 2.0 Flight Card Mechanical System
Applications include mechanical aerospace manufacturing and thermal structure manufacturing.
Kirigami balloons could be used in shape-changing actuators for soft robots, minimally invasive surgical devices, and macro structures for space exploration.
Smart electric actuators not only enable fine position adjustments, but they also provide real-time feedback on the extent of those adjustments.
RadiBond technology, based on nanometer-thin coatings, provides ultra-strong and ultra-tight bonding between metals and plastics.
The magnetic, multi-material pump was 3D-printed all in one piece.
Briefs: Motion Control
High-Efficiency Megawatt Motor
This partially superconducting machine can be used as a motor or generator.
The camera collects the spatial and spectral information required for self-driving cars, machine vision, corrosion detection, and other applications.
This detector could help robots, drones, and self-driving cars avoid collisions.
Compact lasers now offer precise colors.
Application Briefs: Aerospace
Wave Energy Modeling for Safer Space Travel
What does wave energy have to do with space exploration? Plenty, it turns out.

Researchers in the Battery and Energy Storage Technology Center at Penn State University are searching for a reliable, quick-charging, cold-weather battery for automobiles. They...

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have used new techniques to create a composite that increases the electrical current capacity of copper wires, providing a...

A new lithium-based electrolyte invented by Stanford University scientists could pave the way for the next generation of battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs). Their electrolyte...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
Change is Right Around the Corner

The US EPA and CARB are finalizing new heavy-duty regulations that will usher in a period of unprecedented complexity, focused on engine efficiency, improvements in CO2 performance, fuel economy, reduction...

The system is effective in urban environments where there are tall buildings on all sides.
The sensors can be built into the shells of aircraft, cars, or other machines.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Lab-On-Chip Flow and Temperature Sensor
The sensor provides accurate and real-time measurement of flow rates and temperature in next-generation microfluidic instruments.
Products: Communications
New on the Market: November 2020
VOC sensors, panel-mount connectors, 3D printing cloud software, and more.
A "TPSI" process makes it possible to distinguish between the front and back of optical surfaces, and to characterize the quality of both in a single measurement.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
E-Tongue Nanosensor Array
The technology detects the presence of one or more specific chemical components in a liquid.
Using radar commonly deployed to track speeders and fastballs, the automated system “sees” around corners to spot oncoming traffic and pedestrians.
A reader asks, "For AV testing, what are the respective role of simulation, closed course, and public road testing?"
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
With Water Jets, Machines 'Breathe' to Cool Down

University of Central Florida researchers are developing a human-like way for large machines to cool off and keep from overheating: Letting the machines "breathe."

On-Demand Webinars: Transportation
Commercial Vehicle Electrification: Still on Track?

Development and fleet testing of electric commercial vehicles is accelerating as manufacturers attempt to satisfy ever-stricter emissions regulations. Electrification strategies can prove effective for medium- and heavy-duty trucks in a variety of applications, including “last mile”...

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