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Joel Jean PhD 17, co-founder of Swift Solar, stands in front of the companys sign at its permanent location in San Carlos, California Photo courtesy of Joel Jean
  • Optical Surfaces

    Optical Windows for Wind Tunnel Aerodynamic Testing

    Optical Surfaces Ltd is a producer of large diameter, high precision windows for wind tunnel aerodynamic testing. Aerodynamicists and engineers use wind tunnels to test models of proposed aircraft and engine...
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  • Mayflower Autonomous Ship

    Mayflower Autonomous Ship Launches

    Ocean research non-profit ProMare and IBM have announced the completion and launch of the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) – an AI and solar powered marine research vessel which will traverse oceans gathering vital...
  • Army robot

    Light Processing Improves Robotic Sensing, Study Finds

    A team of Army researchers uncovered how the human brain processes bright and contrasting light, which they say is a key to improving robotic sensing and enabling autonomous agents to team with humans. To enable developments in...
  • Chooch AI
  • The LIA

    Statement on UV-C Germicidal Irradiation

    UVC light has long been used as a measure for sanitisation of air, surfaces and water and is known to kill bacteria and viruses when used correctly. During the coronavirus pandemic there has been an understandable increasing...
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  • Laser etched head keeper

    Five Ways that Lasers Enhance Our World

    Global competition, reduced lead times and shifting customer demands are just some of the trends changing the face of manufacturing today. To keep apace, manufacturers are adapting their production techniques by employing emerging technologies...
  • Temperature Sensing

    Anti-Reflective Coatings for IR Applications

    Military, industrial, medical and commercial infrared applications often demand the highest quality anti-reflective coatings. Whether for bar-code scanners in an industrial setting, autonomous vehicles in the desert, or for elevated temperature...
  • PI Piezoceramics
  • Ruggedized lenses

    Imaging Lenses for Rugged Environments

    Imaging lenses are critically important components for systems deployed in many environments such as manufacturing and factory automation, autonomous vehicles and robotics, and industrial inspection. Standard imaging lenses may not be able to...
  • The new recycling concept focuses, in particular, on the elements tantalum, neodymium, tungsten and gallium, which are to be found in virtually all modern electronicsFraunhofer ILT, Aachen

    Laser Process Mines Valuable Materials from Electronic Scrap

    Until very recently, there were only limited economic ways of recovering valuable materials from old and decommissioned electronic devices. After more than four years of research, the international EU project ADIR has now come up with a viable...
  • LEED building

    Sustainable Building: More than just lighting

    It’s no longer just about energy-saving appliances and lighting. Now, even buildings are designed for maximum sustainability. When you look at a building, you might just see a structure. But today, the construction industry sees buildings as...
  • Biscuits

    Reliable Food Inspection Using Hyperspectral Imaging

    Conventional image processing systems have become established in automation in industrial applications in recent years. Machines that can "see“ can deliver more than systems without image processing, and this increasingly common...

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