Insights from BCC Research

$20 Magnet Performs Like $200K Magnet, Thanks to New Technique

Posted by Clayton Luz on Nov 21, 2017 2:30:00 PM
Magnets.jpgResearchers have developed a technique that uses low-cost magnets to precisely control the structure of self-assembled polymers. The discovery signals a huge savings boon in terms of magnetic materials; now scientists can achieve the same level of structural control using a $20 magnet purchased at a hobby store instead of a high-field magnet costing $200,000.
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Topics: Advanced Materials

Opportunities Abound in CDx Market- Key Takeaways from our 11/9 Event

Posted by BCC Research Editorial on Nov 20, 2017 11:00:00 AM

nov 9 event.pngSenior editor Robert G. Hunter and analyst Marianna Tcherpakov’s presentation Companion Diagnostics & Personalized Medicine offered participants an inside look at the latest progress in personalized medicine and diagnostics, including liquid biopsy. This market has seen robust growth in recent years, and according to the presenters, even greater opportunities are on the horizon.

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Global Military Spending Increase Fuels Expansion of Tactical Lasers

Posted by Jeff Schmerker on Nov 16, 2017 11:45:00 AM

pexels-photo-206881.jpegAs the U.S. military moves against entrenched ISIS targets around the world, their forces are increasingly relying on laser guided munitions. Just this month, the U.S. military conducted two airstrikes against Islamic State members in Somalia—the first such action there—using drones, which are almost always fitted with laser-guided munitions.

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Topics: Photonics

Flying the Friendly Skies at Mach 5: PM Coating Possibilities

Posted by Clayton Luz on Nov 15, 2017 11:00:00 AM
AVM007NBlogImage.jpegA new kind of ceramic coating could revolutionize hypersonic travel for air, space and defense purposes. Imagine traveling at Mach 5 (3,800 mph, 6,125 km/h) or above, which is at least five times faster than the speed of sound. (So what if your luggage gets lost? It’ll show up on the next hypersonic craft before you realize it’s missing.) Alas, it’s just a dream. When moving at such velocity, the intense heat generated by air and gas in the atmosphere can seriously damage an aircraft or projectile’s structural integrity. Temperatures hitting the aircraft can reach 3,000 °C (5,400° F).
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Topics: Advanced Materials