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Medical

Pulsed MRI System Could Selectively Deliver Drugs to the Brain

Using an office-based human-sized version of this non-invasive device, it may prove possible to cure Alzheimer’s by delivering drugs and genes to specified tracts in the brain under real-time imaging guidance.

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Medical

Helmet Made of Magnetic Metamaterials Could Improve Brain Scans

It may look like a bizarre bike helmet, or a piece of equipment found in Doc Brown’s lab in Back to the Future, yet this gadget made of plastic and copper wire is a...

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Electronics & Computers

3D-Printed Micro-Robots Hold Promise for Drug Delivery

Georgia Tech researchers have shown that robots about the size of a particle of dust are capable of precise bidirectional control. By harnessing the power of a magnetic field generated...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Bimodal “Electronic Skin”

Through the use of magnetic fields, scientists have developed an electronic sensor that can simultaneously process both touchless and tactile stimuli. Prior attempts have so far failed to combine these functions...

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Electronics & Computers

Tiny Magnets to Create Miniaturizable Quantum Devices

A team of scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory, have achieved efficient quantum coupling between two distant magnetic devices, which can host a...

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Materials

Thermomagnetic Generators Convert Waste Heat into Electrical Power

Many technical processes only use part of the energy consumed. The remaining fraction leaves the system in the form of waste heat. Frequently, this heat is released into the...

R&D
Medical

Small Robot Can Explore Lungs

A robot can reach some of the smallest bronchial tubes in the lungs — to take tissue samples or deliver cancer therapy. Known as a magnetic tentacle robot, it measures just 2 mm in diameter.

Application Briefs
Motion Control

Stabilization Control of a Self-Balancing Robotic Vehicle

Students designed important components for self-balancing two-wheeled robotic vehicle.

5 Ws
Medical

5 Ws of a Wearable Metamaterial

A newly designed wearable magnetic metamaterial could help make MRI scans crisper, faster, and cheaper.

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Electronics & Computers

Superlattice for Sustainable Quantum Electronics

The material could potentially provide a platform for error-free quantum computing.

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Manned Systems

Power Processing Unit for Small Spacecraft Electric Propulsion

This scalable power processing unit (PPU) is for use with low-power Hall effect thrusters.

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Energy

Charging Room System Provides Electricity Over the Air

In-wall capacitors power lights, phones, and laptops without wires.

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Photonics/Optics

Using Magnets to Toggle Nanolasers Leads to Better Photonics

A new control mechanism may prove useful in devices that make use of optical signals.

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Semiconductors & ICs

One-Atom-Thin 2D Magnet

The ultrathin magnet could advance new applications in computing and electronics.

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Test & Measurement

Magnets Improve Control of Prosthetic Limbs

A system uses tiny magnetic beads to rapidly measure the position of muscles and relay that information to a bionic prosthesis.

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Motion Control

Sustainable 3D-Printed Magnets

An alternative, environmentally friendly production method creates permanent magnets.

Articles
Electronics & Computers

Bipolar and Unipolar Drives for Stepper Motors: A Comparison

Learn the differences between bipolar and unipolar motors, their driving methods, and advantages and limitations.

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Electronics & Computers

Fine-Tuning Alloys for High-Temperature Use

Superalloys that withstand extremely high temperatures could be finely tuned for specific properties such as mechanical strength.

R&D
Wearables

Intra-Oral Device Developed for Weight Loss

An intra-oral device is fitted by a dental professional to the upper and lower back teeth.

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Magnet-Controlled Bioelectronic Implant for Relieving Pain

This could make possible embedded devices like a spinal cord-stimulating unit with a battery-powered magnetic transmitter on a wearable belt.

Applications
Motion Control

Advancements in Robotic Magnetic Navigation Technology Enhance Surgical Processes

See how robots are helping to treat cardiac arrhythmias.

News
Energy

Waging a War for EV Materials Security

Conflict over natural resources and human history are inseparable. Wars waged directly or indirectly over control of commodities, trade routes, water, food sources and arable soil have been the...

News
Motion Control

Model-Based Analysis of E-Motor Designs

In the auto industry’s shift toward electric vehicles (EV), permanent magnet motors (PMMs) are increasingly serving a variety of roles, including the vehicle’s traction motor and various...

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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.

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Aerospace

Rocket Thruster Exploits the Mechanism Behind Solar Flares

Thrusters based on magnetic reconnection could complete long-distance missions in a shorter period of time.

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Energy

Stacking and Twisting Graphene Unlocks a Rare Form of Magnetism

The technology could lead to a platform for quantum computation or new types of energy-efficient data storage applications.

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Materials

Glue Activated by Magnetic Field

A potential boon to green manufacturing, the new glue saves on energy, time, and space.

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Photonics/Optics

Sensing Magnetic Fields

Applications include detection of explosives, navigation, and aerospace altitude sensing.

R&D
Test & Measurement

Nanothermometers Improve Temperature Imaging

NIST researchers are in the early stages of a massive undertaking to design and build a fleet of tiny ultra-sensitive thermometers.