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2018 Create the Future Design Contest Special Awards Section
2018 Create the Future Design Contest Special Awards Section

The Create the Future Design Contest was launched in 2002 by Tech Briefs Media Group (publishers of Tech Briefs magazine) to help stimulate and reward engineering innovation. Since...

2018 Create the Future Design Contest Special Awards Section
News : Green Design & Manufacturing
2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Aerospace & Defense Category Winner
2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Aerospace & Defense Category Winner

DETECTING PLASTIC LANDMINES

Hidden PFM-1 anti-personnel landmines are unexploded ordnance (UXO) devices that pose a difficult challenge to conventional...

2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Aerospace & Defense Category Winner
Articles : Nanotechnology
2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Sustainable Technologies Category Winner
2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Sustainable Technologies Category Winner

AEROGELS FROM ENVIRONMENTAL WASTES FOR NOVEL ENGINEERING APPLICATIONS

Associate Prof. Hai Minh Duong and Prof. Nhan Phan-Thien, National University of...
2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Sustainable Technologies Category Winner
Blog : Energy
From Trash to Treasure: How to Convert ‘Fatberg’ Waste into Biofuel
From Trash to Treasure: How to Convert ‘Fatberg’ Waste into Biofuel
Have you heard of "fatbergs?" Researcher Asha Srinivasan explains how her team is turning masses of fat, oil, and grease into biofuel.
From Trash to Treasure: How to Convert ‘Fatberg’ Waste into Biofuel
Question of the Week : Green Design & Manufacturing
Would You Use Carl Yee’s ‘Disappearing Ink?’

Our second INSIDER story today features a purposefully “lousy ink” – one that slowly fades after being printed. The gradual disappearance of the ink allows the paper to be used again and again.

Read the article, and let us know what you think.

This week's Question: Would...

Blog : Green Design & Manufacturing
Want to Reduce Paper Consumption? ‘Disappearing Ink’ is No Joke
Want to Reduce Paper Consumption? ‘Disappearing Ink’ is No Joke
Carl Yee invented a new kind of "Invisible Ink," so he could print paper without the guilt.
Want to Reduce Paper Consumption? ‘Disappearing Ink’ is No Joke
Articles : Government
NASA at 60: 1958-2018 Decades of Discovery
NASA at 60: 1958-2018 Decades of Discovery

For six decades, NASA has led the peaceful exploration of space, making discoveries about our planet, our solar system, and our universe. At home, NASA research has made great advances in aviation,...

NASA at 60: 1958-2018 Decades of Discovery
Articles : Software
Facility Focus: Idaho National Laboratory
Facility Focus: Idaho National Laboratory

In 1951, the first nuclear reactor in Idaho was built, starting a legacy at what is now Idaho National Laboratory (INL). INL is the site where 52 pioneering nuclear reactors were designed and...

Facility Focus: Idaho National Laboratory
Articles : Electronics & Computers
Quantum Computing: Learning to Speak a Whole New Technology
Quantum Computing: Learning to Speak a Whole New Technology

Imagine trying to use a computer that looks and acts like no computer you've ever seen. There is no keyboard or screen. Code designed for a normal computer is useless. The...

Quantum Computing: Learning to Speak a Whole New Technology
Articles : Imaging
NASA at 60: From Space to Earth
NASA at 60: From Space to Earth

The benefits of NASA's space exploration efforts are not limited to the cosmos. NASA technologies provide innovative solutions for people around the world. NASA missions have generated thousands of spinoffs...

NASA at 60: From Space to Earth
Briefs : Green Design & Manufacturing
Bio-Renewable Process Creates “Green” Plastic
Bio-Renewable Process Creates “Green” Plastic

Plastics are often derived from petroleum, contributing to reliance on fossil fuels, and driving harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

Bio-Renewable Process Creates “Green” Plastic
Blog : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds a New Way to Drill Down
NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds a New Way to Drill Down
A NASA researcher spoke with Tech Briefs about the importance of the Curiosity rover's latest find on Mars.
NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds a New Way to Drill Down
News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Air Quality Sleuths: Salt Lake's Light Rail Trains

The light rail network in the Salt Lake City area already does a lot to improve air quality. Its three lines move more than 67,000 people a day along 45 miles of track, saving countless car trips and sparing the air tons upon tons of petroleum-powered pollutants.

Briefs : Test & Measurement
Nano/Micro Mechanical Environmental Test Cell
Nano/Micro Mechanical Environmental Test Cell

A device and method have been developed to conduct compression and tensile tests on soft materials such as flocculated sediments, biopolymers, biological materials, and food stuffs. The device...

Nano/Micro Mechanical Environmental Test Cell
Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Products: September 2018 Sensor Technology
New Products: September 2018 Sensor Technology

Digital Variable Impedance Transducer

With its user-friendly new graphical user interface (GUI) for easier setup and connectivity, and cloud-based data access/monitoring, the digiVIT...

New Products: September 2018 Sensor Technology
Articles : Software
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

In 1977, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL, Golden, CO) started as the Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI), spurred by national concern during the 1973 oil embargo that caused long lines...

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Podcasts : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Here's an Idea: Scientists Serve Up New Spins on Whiskey, Wine, and Beer
Here's an Idea: Scientists Serve Up New Spins on Whiskey, Wine, and Beer
In this episode of “Here’s an Idea," we look at how vineyard owners, distillers, and brewers are finding small ways to innovate and make better beer, wine, and spirits.
Here's an Idea: Scientists Serve Up New Spins on Whiskey, Wine, and Beer
Blog : Materials
A New Way to Replace Plastic Packaging: Crab Shells and Tree Fibers
A New Way to Replace Plastic Packaging: Crab Shells and Tree Fibers
Georgia Tech researchers have created a sustainable plastic packaging material, using two ingredients you might not expect in a snack machine: crab shells and tree fibers.
A New Way to Replace Plastic Packaging: Crab Shells and Tree Fibers
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Hyperfine Interpolated Range Finding for CW Lidar, Radar, and Sonar Using Repeating Waveforms and Fourier Transform Reordering

NASA's Langley Research Center has developed a novel fine interpolation technique that is useful in signal processing for applications in lidar, sonar, radar, and similar modalities. The interpolation technique uses...

Briefs : Energy
Water-Based Battery Stores Solar and Wind Energy

Wind and solar energy generation creates challenges, since the Sun only shines by day, and sometimes the wind doesn't blow. Another variability is surges of demand on the grid. On a hot day when air conditioning is in use, utilities must have load-balancing strategies to meet peak demand. A...

Articles : Aerospace
Plant Food for Space Grows Crops on Earth
Plant Food for Space Grows Crops on Earth

Spinoff is NASA's annual publication featuring successfully commercialized NASA technology. This commercialization has contributed to the development of products and services in the fields of health...

Plant Food for Space Grows Crops on Earth
Briefs : Test & Measurement
Real-Time Airborne Particle Analyzer
Real-Time Airborne Particle Analyzer

Particle analysis is useful for determining chemical compositions in a wide range of disciplines, from ascertaining the source of a petroleum sample to duplicating a fragrance. The technique is appealing...

Real-Time Airborne Particle Analyzer
Briefs : Energy
OFFSET: A Global Carbon Cycle Game

The OFFSET video game was designed to teach children the basics of the carbon cycle in a fun and engaging way. The game play is a mix of Pong, Breakout, and RTS. The game has a retro-art style, and uses Game Center, so that players can compare scores with each other.

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Integrated Ultra-Wideband Tracking and Carbon Dioxide Sensing System
Integrated Ultra-Wideband Tracking and Carbon Dioxide Sensing System

Recent findings indicate that frequent, short-term crew exposure to elevated CO2 levels, combined with other physiological impacts of microgravity, may lead to a...

Integrated Ultra-Wideband Tracking and Carbon Dioxide Sensing System
Briefs : Green Design & Manufacturing
Gas Biosensors “See” Through Soil to Analyze Microbial Interactions
Gas Biosensors “See” Through Soil to Analyze Microbial Interactions

Gas biosensors have been developed that “see” into soil and follow the behavior of the microbial communities in the soil. Genetically engineered bacteria was used...

Gas Biosensors “See” Through Soil to Analyze Microbial Interactions
Briefs : Energy
Crystallization Method for Carbon Capture from Ambient Air
Crystallization Method for Carbon Capture from Ambient Air

A method to capture carbon dioxide directly from ambient air offers a new option for carbon capture and storage strategies to combat global warming.

Crystallization Method for Carbon Capture from Ambient Air
Articles : Test & Measurement
Eyes in the Sky: Using Optical Filters to Observe and Measure Earth From a Different Perspective
Eyes in the Sky: Using Optical Filters to Observe and Measure Earth From a Different Perspective

“Measurement is the first step that leads to control and eventually to improvement. If you can’t measure something, you can’t understand...

Eyes in the Sky: Using Optical Filters to Observe and Measure Earth From a Different Perspective
Briefs : Green Design & Manufacturing
Hybrid Controller for Multiple Energy Storage Devices
Hybrid Controller for Multiple Energy Storage Devices

A new hybrid energy storage controller is designed for a centralized control system that operates multiple energy storage devices (ESDs) and distributed generators to provide energy and...

Hybrid Controller for Multiple Energy Storage Devices
Briefs : Materials
Reducing Moisture in Natural Fibers

Biological transformation focuses on the sustainable use of biological resources such as plants or microorganisms. In the future, it is expected to reduce reliance on fossil fuels such as oil, coal, or gas, and help tackle major challenges such as climate change and global population growth. It offers options...

Briefs : Energy
Bi-Directional Energy Cascades and the Origin of Kinetic Turbulence in the Solar Wind

The kinetic turbulence of solar wind originates in the solar corona. The solar wind carries the fluctuations and escapes from the corona along the open magnetic field lines, and enters into the interplanetary space. The energy exchange among waves and particles...

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