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Glow-in-the-Dark Algae May Be Ideal for Soft Robots

Engineers developed soft devices containing algae that glow when under mechanical stress —perfect for building soft robots.

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Medical

Ultrathin Dental Camera Inspired by Insect-Eye Structure

Using the device, assorted functional imaging was demonstrated to satisfy clinical needs.

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Smart Microrobots Walk Autonomously

A collaborative effort has installed electronic “brains” on solar-powered robots that are 100 to 250 micrometers in size — smaller than an ant’s head — so that they can walk autonomously...

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Energy

A Motorless Sailplane to Explore Mars’ Atmosphere

The UA team aims to design a motorless sailplane that can soar over the Martian surface for days at a time, using only wind for propulsion.

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Transportation

Electrification’s Impact on Commercial-Vehicle Chassis Design

Electrification in the commercial and off-highway truck sectors is ramping up at an increasingly rapid pace. This fundamental change in propulsion will be one of the most...

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Medical

Novel COVID-19 Vaccine Uses Modified Bacterial DNA

A different way to build a COVID-19 vaccine is said to remain effective against new and emerging variants and could be taken as a pill, by inhalation, or other delivery methods.

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Materials

A Silky-Smooth Alternative to Microplastics

The EU has already declared that the nonbiodegradable microplastics must be eliminated by 2025, but a team of MIT scientists has perhaps expedited that timeline.

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Design

Rapid, At-Home Saliva Test as Good as RT-PCR

A fast and sensitive COVID-19 test requires only a saliva sample; a palm-sized, portable device; and a smartphone.

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Design

A New, Low-Cost Aluminum-Sulfur Battery

MIT researchers have developed a new kind of battery, made entirely from abundant, inexpensive materials.

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Power

New Products: September 2022 Aerospace & Defense Technology

New products in September 2022.

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Medical

Inside the OEM: Baxter

How does a 100-year-old medtech company evolve yet still retain its focus on the company’s original mission? Baxter has gone through many different phases and transformations. Now it is looking forward to its...

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Virginia Tech College of Engineering

From artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and manufacturing to health sciences, robotics, and more, the Virginia Tech College of Engineering offers an advanced engineering curriculum.

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Energy

New Products: September 2022 Battery & Electrification Technology

New products for September 2022.

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Design

Device Measures Vitals from Ear Canal

A new device, called MedSENS, measures various vital parameters from the ear canal. The instrument consists of a probe about the size of an ear plug, which contains innovative measuring sensors. It...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Ultrathin Pressure Sensor Attaches to Skin

By recording the way in which hands perform various tasks, it could help researchers in fields such as sports and medical science as well as neuroengineering.

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Corrugated Rollable Tubular Boom

NASA’s new COROTUB boom is flattened, rolled, and stowed in a small package for easy transport to remote locations. When unfurled, it expands into a load-bearing structural boom.

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Integral Tuned Mass Absorber for Turbine Blades

A novel turbine blade design and manufacturing approach developed by NASA provides a significant reduction in turbine blade resonant vibration.

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Energy

Energy Storage Materials Make Batteries More Efficient and Heat-Resistant

In redox flow batteries, the energy-storing components are dissolved in a solvent and can be stored at a decentralized location.

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Design

Room-Temperature Liquid-Metal Battery

The researchers have created a “room-temperature all-liquid-metal battery,” which includes the best of both worlds of liquid-and solid-state batteries.

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Energy

A Supercapacitor Device for Carbon Capture

When it discharges, the carbon dioxide can be released in a controlled way and collected to be reused or disposed of responsibly.

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Energy

Glassy Electrolyte Holds Promise for an All-Solid-State Sodium Battery

Lithium-ion batteries are currently the preferred technology for powering electric vehicles, but they’re too expensive for long-duration grid-scale energy storage systems.

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Energy

Designing Sodium-Ion Batteries with Extended Longevity

In batteries, electrolyte is the circulating “blood” that keeps the energy flowing. The electrolyte forms by dissolving salts in solvents, resulting in charged ions that flow between the positive and negative electrodes.

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Propulsion

Lignin-Based Jet Fuel Packs More Power

An experimental plant-based jet fuel could increase engine performance and efficiency, while dispensing with aromatics, the pollution-causing compounds found in conventional fuels.

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Medical

Researchers Develop Rapid Lab-on-a-Chip for Cancer, COVID Diagnostics

A research center based at the University of Kansas that develops rapid next-generation tests for a host of human ailments like cancer, stroke, and COVID-19 recently...

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Design

Advanced Humanoid Robotic Hand Technologies

The R2 hand and forearm assembly is designed in a modular fashion, enabling rapid replacement of components and sub-assemblies.

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Design

Water-Activated Paper Battery

A team of researchers at EMPA have developed a water-activated disposable paper battery.

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Energy

Building Temperature-Resilient Batteries

In tests, the proof-of-concept batteries retained 87.5 percent and 115.9 percent of their energy capacity at -40 °C and 50 °C (-40 °F and 122 °F), respectively.

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Energy

Extending the Lifetime of Organic Aqueous Flow Batteries

Over the course of their research, the team discovered that these anthraquinones decompose slowly over time, regardless of how many times the battery has been used.

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Designing a Human-Robot Collaboration System

Scientists analyzed the stability of the collaborative system based on speed and accuracy, as well as the conditions required for successfully performing tasks from geometric, force, and posture viewpoints.