Bridget Cunningham | September 18, 2014

From the addition of components to the use of new materials, night vision technology has grown tremendously since its initial debut in the 1930s. While the longevity and reliability of night vision devices have steadily improved, new research on graphene-based sensors for infrared detection may provide one of the most profound developments to date.

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Bridget Cunningham | September 12, 2014

When you hear the term hologram, what is your initial thought? Many people may associate the word with the rising use of human digital projections within the entertainment industry. Holography as a whole, however, has practical applications in various areas. Let’s take a closer look at how this technology works and how researchers are utilizing it today.

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Bridget Cunningham | September 9, 2014

Due to their hazardous nature, potholes are often addressed quickly using temporary repair methods. These short-term fixes tend to be inefficient, however, requiring additional future repairs. Infrared pothole repair is one method that could offer a more durable solution.

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Bridget Cunningham | September 5, 2014

Since their arrival on the music scene in the 1930s, vinyl records became a staple in the recording industry. While their use decreased due to digital recording methods becoming more dominant over the last couple of decades, this older medium continues to be valued for its unique and rich sound. Let’s take a closer look at this method of analog recording.

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Bridget Cunningham | August 29, 2014

Gallium is an element with a strong presence in the commercial market, particularly the electronics industry. Recent research has brought the spotlight back on this unique metal and its use in new technologies. Here, we take a closer look at this element and what the future holds for it.

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Bridget Cunningham | August 27, 2014

While the concept has been around for quite some time, magnetic cooling technology has only recently emerged as a potential method of refrigeration within households. Here, we take a closer look at how this new technology offers a greener approach to preserving foods.

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Bridget Cunningham | August 22, 2014

In a recent blog post, we discussed the growth in 3D metal printing and its impact on manufacturing. Today, we shift our focus from the industry as a whole to a particular technique that has been instrumental in the production of metal prototypes, as well as plastic, ceramic, and glass materials — even coffee. Selective laser sintering has taken the world of 3D printing by storm.

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Bridget Cunningham | August 20, 2014

In the design of many structures, a particular area of concern is exposure to seismic and wind-induced vibrations. Viscoelastic structural dampers have been implemented into structural layouts as a means to limit the strain and decrease the risk of failure in building components due to such excitations.

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Bridget Cunningham | August 13, 2014

With advancements in modern technologies, treating damaged biological tissue has become a quicker, less painful process. Techniques, like cryotherapy, can be used to treat internal and external tissue damage, while causing relatively little discomfort for patients.

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Bridget Cunningham | August 7, 2014

In the past, we have discussed the importance of material selection in 3D printing and how it can affect the integrity of the final product. With advancements in technology, the industry has evolved from the production of more simple materials, like plastics, to those of greater difficulty, such as metals. Here, we take a more in-depth look at 3D metal printing and its potential to revolutionize the manufacturing process.

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Bridget Cunningham | July 29, 2014

Imagine a mode of air travel that is both fuel efficient and environmentally friendly. The mechanical modeling of torque transfer components in fully superconducting rotating machines have helped researchers draw new conclusions on how to optimize aircraft design and potentially achieve electric propulsion. A research team investigated the stress and heat distribution in these machines and presented their results at the COMSOL Conference 2013 in Boston.

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