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June 2, 2017 9:10 am
Jeff Elliott for PVA TePla America
When traditional chemical adhesives fail to sufficiently bond dissimilar types of materials, engineers often turn to plasma treatments to solve complex adhesion problems...
June 1, 2017 3:51 pm
Alan Grau and Dave West, Icon Labs
A fundamental, but often ignored, aspect of cybersecurity for IIoT devices is strong authentication. This article will explore the fundamentals of authentication and how PKI (Public Key Infrastructure), a highly-secure credentials-based set of technologies...
May 31, 2017 3:04 pm
Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office
When engineers design a new aircraft, they carry out much of the initial testing not on full-sized jets but on model planes that have been scaled down to fit inside a wind tunnel. In this more manageable setting, they can study the flow...
May 30, 2017 8:45 am
Rich Byczek, Intertek
Considering the various standards and certifications is an important first step in lithium-ion battery safety and quality, but there are several other important issues manufacturers must address as they ensure their battery-powered products...
May 25, 2017 5:00 pm
Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences
High pressure could be the key to making advanced metal mixtures that are lighter, stronger and more heat-resistant than conventional alloys, a new study by Stanford researchers suggests. Humans have been blending metals together to create alloys with unique properties for thousands of years ...
May 25, 2017 4:49 pm
Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) relied on faulty analysis to justify its refusal to adopt a critical measure for protecting Americans from the occurrence of a catastrophic nuclear-waste fire at any one of dozens of reactor sites around the country, according to an article in the May 26 issue ...
May 25, 2017 2:32 pm
North Carolina State University
Researchers from North Carolina State University have discovered a technique for controlling light with electric fields. "Our method is similar to the technique used to provide the computing capabilities of computers," says Linyou Cao, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering at ...
May 24, 2017 4:39 pm
Chalmers University of Technology
A new type of nanocatalyst can result in the long-awaited commercial breakthrough for fuel cell cars. Research results from Chalmers University of Technology and Technical University of Denmark show that it is possible to significantly reduce the need for platinum, a precious and rare metal, by creating a ...
May 24, 2017 3:11 pm
University of California -- San Diego
Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed the first printed battery that is flexible, stretchable and rechargeable. The zinc batteries could be used to power everything from wearable sensors to solar cells and other kinds of electronics. The work appears in the April 19 ...
May 24, 2017 10:14 am
Nagoya University
Thermoelectric cooling is a solid-state refrigeration process where the heat in an electrically conductive material is transferred using the material's own conduction electrons without any need for the gaseous coolants, such as chlorofluorocarbons, that are used in conventional refrigeration. Coolers based on thermoelectric ...
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