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Prieto Battery and Intel have announced a business collaboration to accelerate the introduction of Prieto’s 3D solid-state battery cell into the marketplace. Prieto, a spinoff company out of Colorado State University, has agreed to complete a series of milestones focused on improving the performance of the battery against size, energy density, and complexity vectors. Intel will be staging their investment to each milestone; and in exchange, Prieto is granting Intel the ability to implement ...
BodyCap, a French start-up company that specializes in miniaturized wireless monitoring devices today announced it has tested its e-Celsius Performance connected pill for temperature monitoring on ten FC Nantes soccer platers during two French League 1 games. Using e-Celsius Performance the club was able to measure the effectiveness of recovery techniques such as ice treatment for players. e-Celsius Performance is an ingestible pill that continuously monitors the user’s internal tempera ...
Schematic of electrode process design: (a) Components mixing under ultrasonic irradiation, (b) an optical image of the as-fabricated electrode made of SiNP, SG and PAN, (c) the electrode after SHT, (d) Schematic of the atomic scale structure of the electrode. (Source: Nature Communications 6, article 8597). Current lithium-ion batteries normally use graphite anodes. Engineers at the University of Waterloo have found that silicon anode materials have a much higher capacity for lithium and are ...
  Future commercial hypersonic flight will require an orbiter stage which, after main engine cut-off, will enter a high-speed gliding flight phase and will be capable of attaining altitudes of 80 km and Mach numbers beyond Mach 20. This vehicle would travel long intercontinental distances within a very short time--flight times from Australia to Europe would take just 90 minutes, Europe to California no more than 60 minutes. A new kind of high-speed transport based on a two-stage Reusable La ...
Artist's impression of "Blue Wolf"   The range of underwater vehicles is limited by the amount of energy available for propulsion and the power required for a given underwater speed. Underwater propulsive power varies roughly with the cube of speed, and energy sources are practically limited by safety and certification requirements.   Currently, this means that for a given speed and range (endurance) envelope and a minimum volume for payloads and electronics, vehicle size is proporti ...
By announcing its HY4 four-seater aircraft, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) is taking a big step towards making zero-emission commercial flying a reality.  Powered solely by a hydrogen fuel cell battery system the HY4 is aimed at demonstrating the feasibility of this technology for passenger aircraft. First fight is expected in the summer of 2016.   Researchers at the Stuttgart-based DLR Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics have deve ...
Powered by the Tobii EyeChip, an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) developed specifically for eye tracking, the new Tobii IS4 eye tracking module provides OEMs and integrators with a lightweight platform featuring near-infrared sensors, illuminators, EyeCore algorithms, Tobii’s proprietary middleware engine and a software development kit (SDK).  The sixth generation Tobii eye-tracking platform, IS4 is said to be the first to meet integration requirements for consumer devi ...
  In creating a laser weapon for military use the biggest challenges for researchers are: 1) creating a laser that can reach high enough power to partially destroy or disable a target; 2) tracking numerous target objects simultaneously and 3) propagating the laser efficiently and staying focused on the target even in difficult atmospheric conditions, such as that caused by dust or humidity.   Two different approaches are in contention in the race to develop working high-energy lasers ...
Raytheon has successfully fired its new Excalibur N5 projectile during a recent live guided flight test at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz.  It was fired from a 5-inch naval gun during testing (shown, top photo). Excalibur N5 (bottom photo) is a 5-inch/127 mm naval variant of the projectile used by the U.S. Army, the U.S. Marine Corps and several international armies--Sweden, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands have selected Excalibur for their military services. The projectile uses a built-in ...
Silicon transistors have been made smaller year after year, but they are approaching a point of physical limitation. Continuing to shrink the size of the transistor – including the channels and contacts – without compromising performance has become a major technology hurdle..   Researchers have known that carbon nanotube (CNT) chips could provide an answer, greatly improving the capabilities of high performance computers and other devices, The carbon nanotubes form the core of ...
Dark, narrow streaks on Martian slopes such as these at Hale Crater are believed to be formed by seasonal flow of water.  The streaks are roughly the length of a football field. Photo courtesy of: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona. Scientists reported this morning that there is compelling evidence that liquid water exists on the surface of present-day Mars. The announcement was made based on new findings from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) .Using an imaging spectrometer o ...
  If you wait around long enough sometimes reality gets closer to science fiction. In the 1982 film “Firefox” Clint Eastwood plays an American pilot assigned to steal a highly advanced Soviet fighter aircraft which, among other things, uses a helmet that allows the pilot to control weapons launch through thought. Recently, Rockwell Collins introduced the Gen III Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS) for the F-35 aircraft that allows pilots in aircraft equipped with the system to ...
C-130 Hercules carrying a tactical laser When three top Air Force officers speaking separately at the same conference all say they expect the service to demonstrate airborne laser weapons by the end of this decade it wouldn’t be wise to bet against it.   The general officers were Maj. Gen. Thomas Masiello, commander of ARFL, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Lt. Gen. Bradley Heithold, head of the Air Force Special Operations Command and General Hawk Carlisle, head of Air C ...
The low cost of digital imaging devices has allowed them to become popular consumer products.  This low cost is made possible by leveraging a mature processing infrastructure and the ability to fabricate complete focal plane arrays (FPAs) at the wafer scale.  A similar trend is occurring on a smaller scale with thermal imaging technologies.  Microbolometers that are sensitive in the long wave infrared (LWIR) spectrum and are used as a detector in a thermal camera are also manufact ...
Combining data obtained from two powerful instruments aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), researchers at the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) determined why the crater shown above is terraced — not bowl shaped, like most craters of this size. Terraces can form when there are layers of different materials in the planet’s subsurface, such as dirt, ice or rock. When the crater is forming, the shock wave from an object hitting a planet’s su ...

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