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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D-Printed Nanosatellite Thruster Emits Pure Ions
The thruster provides a low-cost, extremely efficient propulsion source for miniature satellites.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Carbon-Based Air Quality Sensor
This affordable, scalable sensor could be a vital tool in the fight against air pollution and its associated health risks.
This method increases burn rate of solid propellants.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printing of Gels and Soft Materials
A new method could jump-start the creation of tiny medical devices for the body.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Chip Delivers COVID-19 Test Results on a Smartphone
Programmed magnetic nanobeads are used to detect the virus in 55 minutes or less.
Bioinspired cellulose nanofibrils can be controlled by electricity.
This technology provides highly efficient grid-scale electricity storage at a fifth of the cost of current storage technologies.
Special Reports: Materials
Advanced Materials & Coatings - May 2021

New diamond super-material enhances military aircraft survivability…a gold film gives robots “chameleon skin”…shape-shifting nanomaterial offers exciting biotech...

Two-dimensional (2D) materials have a huge potential for providing devices with much smaller size and extended functionalities with respect to what can be achieved with...

Two-dimensional materials can be used to create smaller, high-performance transistors than the ones traditionally made of silicon, according to Professor Saptarshi Das of...

Taking inspiration from the insect, Tufts researchers created light-activated composite devices that execute precise, visible movements and form complex three-dimensional shapes, like a "photonic sunflower. "
Ultrasound is used to deliver antibodies to treat cancers, infectious diseases, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Supercapacitors for Wearable Devices
These robust supercapacitors still work when stretched to eight times their original size.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
Shape-Shifting Nanomaterial
This invention holds potential for a range of biomedical applications, from controlled-release drug delivery to tissue engineering.
Special Reports: Test & Measurement
Aerospace & Defense Sensing - April 2021

A microwave radiation sensor offers 100,000 times greater sensitivity...Nature-inspired sensors help autonomous machines to see better...New accelerometers aid the development of Electric Vertical...

Technology Leaders: Photonics/Optics
Micro-Cameras Bring New Video Applications into Focus
Powerful, tiny cameras provide unique streaming-video solutions for NASA robots and defense applications.
Articles: Photonics/Optics
Photonics West 2021 Preview
The virtual event offers a mix of live plenary talks, on-demand technical presentations and discussions, online networking and special events.
The invention can become color-changing “artificial muscle.”
This method is an important step towards smaller, more advanced, environmentally friendly electronics.
The material is designed for high-temperature applications in aircraft, building insulation, personal protective clothing, industrial, and automotive.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
High-Color-Purity 3D Printing
This method obtains high-color-purity 3D objects using a new class of nanoparticles.

Light-emitting diodes — LEDs — are important in many more applications than just illumination. These light sources are useful in microelectronics too. Smartphones, for example,...

A hacker can reproduce a circuit on a chip by discovering what key transistors are doing in a circuit — but not if the transistor “type” is...

A stretchable system can harvest energy from human breathing and motion.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Design Enables Safe Storage of Lithium Ions
This technology charges lithium batteries faster and reduces the risk of device explosions.
NASA-funded research by Clemson University scientists could lead to the creation of lighter, faster-charging batteries suitable for powering a spacesuit or even a Mars rover.
Energy is absorbed in the diamond through a process called inelastic scattering, which is used to generate electricity.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Printable Chemical Nanosensor
This integrated nanosensor is printed on a daughter board using 3D printing techniques.
The improved rectennas could operate low-power devices such as temperature sensors.

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