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3D-Printed Thruster Boosts Range of CubeSat Applications

“Inexpensive and accessible electrical propulsion could be a boon for satellite-based Internet and Earth observing A new 3-D printed electric thruster could one day help make advanced miniature satellites significantly easier and more affordable to build, a new study finds …

3D-printing perovskites on graphene makes next-gen X-ray detectors

“By using 3D aerosol jet-printing to put perovskites on graphene, scientists at EPFL have made X-ray detectors with record sensitivity that can greatly improve the efficiency and reduce the cost and health hazard of medical imaging devices. Since Wilhelm Röntgen …

An aggressive market-driven model for US fusion power development

“National Academies study says fusion can help decarbonize US energy, calls for public-private approach to pilot plant operation by 2035-40. Electricity generated by fusion power plants could play an important role in decarbonizing the U.S. energy sector by mid-century …

Data transfer system connects silicon chips with a hair’s-width cable

“The advance could improve energy efficiency of data centers and lighten the load for electronics-rich vehicles. Researchers have developed a data transfer system that can transmit information 10 times faster than a USB. The new link pairs high-frequency silicon chips …

​Dishing up 3D printed food, one tasty printout at a time

“Researchers from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) have developed a new way to create “food inks” from fresh and frozen vegetables, that preserves their nutrition and …

Fabricating the Future with a New Environment Friendly Method of Polymerization

“Many materials in the modern world―from the plastics that dominate it to the electronic chips that drive it―are constructed of polymers. Given their ubiquity and the evolving requirements of our world, finding better and more efficient methods of …

How NASA Designed a Helicopter That Could Fly Autonomously on Mars

“The Perseverance rover’s Mars Helicopter (Ingenuity) will take off, navigate, and land on Mars without human intervention Tucked under the belly of the Perseverance rover that will be landing on Mars in just a few days is a little …

IBM’s Quantum computer links two quantum revolutions

“Using the IBM Q computer, physicists at EPFL have verified for the first time the tight relationship between quantum entanglement and wave-particle duality, showing that the former controls the latter in a quantum system. “It is possible to do experiments …

In step toward autonomous materials, researchers design patterns in self-propelling liquid crystals

“Breakthrough discoveries could pave way for new applications of liquid crystals Materials capable of performing complex functions in response to changes in the environment could form the basis for exciting new technologies. Think of a capsule implanted in your body …

Integrated Grade 0 BLDC motor driver shrinks 48-V motor-drive systems as much as 30% in mild hybrid electric vehicles

“Texas Instruments (TI) (Nasdaq: TXN) today introduced a highly integrated Grade 0 brushless DC (BLDC) motor driver for 48-V high-power motor control systems, such as traction inverters and starter generators in mild hybrid electric vehicles (MHEVs). The DRV3255-Q1 can …