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For a long time, something important has been regularly neglected in electronics. If you want to make electronic components smaller and smaller, you also need the right insulator materials. This...

Features include unusual color changes and high touch sensitivity.
The ultra-light robotic insect can be folded or crushed, yet continues to move.
The newest version of these combs could revolutionize clocks, telescopes, and telecommunications.
Pop-up miniature electronics based on the Japanese art of kirigami can be repeatedly compressed.
Aerogels based on cellulose nanofibers can effectively shield electromagnetic radiation over a wide frequency range.
A remote forest fire detection and alarm system is powered by nothing but the movement of trees in the wind.
One unexpected application for spider silk is its use in the creation of biocompatible lenses.

A team of Brown University physicists has developed a new type of compact, ultra-sensitive magnetometer, 20 times more sensitive than many traditional sensors. The...

Researchers have developed a new way to build power efficient and programmable integrated switching units on a silicon photonics chip. The new technology is...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Spreadable Way to Stabilize Solid-State Batteries
A “butter-like” interlayer material boosts current density and increases safety.
Using ceramic material and graphene, the toughness of solid-state lithium-ion batteries can be doubled.
Tiny, metal-rich particles can be excited with a low-power laser for deep-tissue imaging.
The technique could easily be translated into existing medical device manufacturing processes for use in orthopedic implants.
This highly porous sponge absorbs more than 30 times its weight in oil and can be reused up to several dozen times.
A new roll-to-roll production method could enable lightweight, flexible solar devices and a new generation of display screens.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Nanosensors for Real-Time Plant Health Monitoring
This approach allows scientists to study the communication within plants, providing valuable insights to improve crop yields.
The NASA-funded nanoparticle lubricant also works in satellites and space vehicles.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Products of Tomorrow: August 2020
A neural stimulator, a battery testing device, and a strain sensor.
These are important traits in electronics and electrical systems including electric cars, industrial drills, and electric grids.
Technology Leaders: Materials
ZERODUR: The Highly Technical Glass-Ceramic
Highly technical glass-ceramic delivers optical precision at nanometer scale.
This method creates a thin-film electrode for a bio-nanobattery.
This work potentially opens the door to advances like more energy-efficient electronic devices.
Articles: Transportation
Products of Tomorrow: June 2020
Nature-Inspired Energy Tech, Superelastic Tires, Wearable Supercapacitors, and more...
A novel plate-cell architecture reaches the theoretical limit of performance.
White Papers: Nanotechnology
Introduction to 3D Printing with PµSL

Small devices that require high precision, high resolution, and high accuracy are all around us. From the electronic connectors in cellphones to the tiny valves in medical pumps, these devices aren’t...

The material consists solely of components that have already been shown to work well in the body.
A ceramic sensor could be embedded into structures such as bridges and aircraft to monitor their health.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Mobile, Wearable EEG Device with Nanowire Sensors
This low-cost electroencephalogram (EEG) device provides research-grade signal quality.

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