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Question of the Week: Materials
Can Borophane Beat Graphene?

A Tech Brief in our November issue highlights a new material that’s super-thin and super-strong. By combining hydrogen with an atom-thick sheet of boron known as borophane, researchers from Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) have created a potential alternative to the breakthrough 2D material graphene. The Argonne...

Articles: Packaging & Sterilization
Nanotube fibers that turn heat to power; a NASA antenna system; and an antimicrobial coating.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The optically powered machines self-assemble and could be used for nanoscale manipulation of tiny cargo.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Scientists are working to improve the image resolution of X-ray techniques.
INSIDER: Materials

Stacking extremely thin films of material on top of each other can create new materials with exciting new properties. But the most successful processes for building those...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Researchers have utilized two-dimensional hybrid metal halides in a device that allows directional control of terahertz radiation generated by a spintronic...

White Papers: Nanotechnology
Making the Case For Micro-Precision 3D Printing

Miniaturization is expanding across industries, as the need for very small and very complex components increases in consumer electronics, medical devices, MEMS, life sciences and other...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
With this advance, so-called “flextronics” move closer to reality.
Briefs: Motion Control
The tiny motors mimic how rock climbers navigate inclines.
INSIDER: Motion Control

University of Houston researchers developed an electrochemical actuator that uses specialized organic semiconductor nanotubes (OSNT). The device exhibits high actuation performance...

INSIDER: Materials

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are an unsung hero of the lighting industry. They run efficiently, give off little heat, and last for a long time. Now scientists are looking at new materials to...

INSIDER: Nanotechnology

Scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory recently assessed the status of research into colloidal quantum dot lasers with a focus on prospective electrically...

Briefs: Materials

Researchers have developed graphene-based sensing technology using G-Putty material — a highly malleable graphene blended putty. The printed sensors are 50 times more sensitive than the...

Briefs: Materials
Synthesis of fiber-metal laminates is performed using RF plasma spray deposition.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
High-yield synthesis of carbon nanotubes is enabled via free electron laser ablation.
UpFront: Imaging
NASA Washing Machine Designs Go for a Spin

Right now, there is no laundry service in space.

Astronaut garments aren’t washed. They are put onto ships that burn up in the...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Applications include wearables, airplane cabin monitoring, medical diagnostics, and indoor air quality measurement.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
A novel nanostructure produces uniquely shaped light.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A new imaging method allows researchers to see inside complex semiconductors, without destroying them.
Articles: Test & Measurement
With an optical microscope, spectra can be acquired from a sample area smaller than a micron.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Northwestern researchers have developed a new microscopy method that allows scientists to see the building blocks of “smart” materials.
Briefs: Energy
The battery can withstand thousands of charge and discharge cycles and years of storage before being composted.
Special Reports: Photonics/Optics
Medical Robotics - September 2021

Self-propelled nanobots that deliver drugs inside the human body...novel sensors that improve the safety and precision of industrial robots...a dynamic hydrogel material that makes building soft robotic...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

Researchers from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) fabricated brain-inspired highly scalable neuromorphic hardware by co-integrating single transistor neurons...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

Ultrathin, flexible computer circuits have been an engineering goal for years, but technical hurdles have prevented the degree of miniaturization necessary to achieve high performance....

Blog: Electronics & Computers
Researchers at North Carolina State University demonstrated a low-cost technique for retrieving — and then reusing — nanowires from electronic devices.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
Oscillatory and rotational motions of different parts are combined to pave the way to developing super-miniaturized mechanical devices.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
Applications include aerospace and automotive components, prosthetics, sporting goods, and other uses where strength-to-weight ratio is important.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This novel gel-creation method could open applications in water filtration, batteries, and smart windows.

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