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Facility Focus: Robotics, Automation & Control
NIBIB is committed to integrating the physical and engineering sciences with the life sciences to advance basic research and medical care.
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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This method creates a thin-film electrode for a bio-nanobattery.
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Briefs: Imaging
A new low-cost imaging system could make it easier to track mosquito species that carry disease, enabling a more timely and targeted response.
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Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Applications exist both on Mars and on Earth.
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Briefs: Energy
A new design enables artificial photosynthesis to generate fuel that can power homes and vehicles.
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Technology Leaders: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Bio-interfacing and biodegradable flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) devices can help tackle some of the world’s great challenges including environmental degradation and food...

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Facility Focus: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Rensselaer Engineering focuses on solving the “grand challenges” facing humanity.
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Briefs: Motion Control
The new method produces strips of rubbery material that can pick up and release objects.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The multitasking device could advance development of an electric circuit for faster, next-generation electronics like quantum computing technologies.
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Briefs: Materials
This method can be used to protect stored building materials and to remediate in-service wood and wood products.
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5 Ws: Wearables
Bacterial pathogens can live on surfaces for days. What if frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, could instantly kill them off?
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Briefs: Internet of Things
The rainproof, stainproof technology turns clothing into self-powered remotes while turning away bacteria.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Inspired by the octopus, the structure senses, computes, and responds without any centralized processing.
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Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition

The last thing you probably do when a fly buzzes toward you is marvel at its graceful wing and body kinematics. But that’s exactly what researchers at Cornell University’s Itai Cohen Group...

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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Applications include distributed computer systems, computer security, and commercial satellite systems.
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Briefs: Test & Measurement
This diagnostic device allows doctors to detect cancer quickly from a droplet of blood or plasma.
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Briefs: Aerospace
This new design could conserve energy used for defrosting airplanes, appliances, and more.
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Briefs: Energy
This fast, flexible tool allows researchers to quickly compare and prioritize strategies for converting biomass to fuels and products.
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Briefs: Medical
An inexpensive 3D-printed microfluidics device could be used to personalize cancer treatment.
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NASA Spinoff: Aerospace
NASA’s LED lighting system enables food and other crops to be grown indoors in places like skyscrapers.
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Briefs: Test & Measurement
Engineers have developed a new scanning technique inspired by the natural world that can detect corroding metals in oil and gas pipelines.
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Briefs: Test & Measurement
Blood Test Detects Multiple Types of Cancer
The test can screen for numerous types of cancer with a high degree of accuracy.
Briefs: Materials
The coating can prevent the transfer of antibiotic-resistant superbugs and other bacteria in settings ranging from hospitals to kitchens.
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Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
3D Printing Technique Produces “Living” 4D Materials
3D/4D printing is merged with a chemical process to produce “living” resin, which has potential for recycling and biomedicine.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
This system autonomously prepares samples for online automated analysis.
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Briefs: Transportation
This mechanical gyroscope can advance motion sensing capabilities in consumer-sized applications.
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Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
This robot “blood” stores energy, transmits force, operates appendages, and provides structure, all in an integrated design.
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Articles: Software
See how software supported the design of an advanced antenna.
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Facility Focus: Photonics/Optics
See how NOAA provides daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings, climate monitoring, and more.
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