Clayton Luz

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Envelope Please…and the Winner of Building Envelopes Innovation Is…

Written by Clayton Luz on Dec 15, 2017 11:30:00 AM
EnergyBlog_Image.jpegSometimes technology edges forward quietly, sometimes it leaps, or jumps ahead. Consider one company’s idea as definitely a technological jump toward improving residential energy efficiency. American Solar, a solar air-heating research and development firm, was announced as the winner of the latest round in the Department of Energy’s JUMP technology challenges.
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Topics: Energy and Resources

Hydrogel and Kevlar: Bulletproof Materials Could Replace Cartilage

Written by Clayton Luz on Dec 8, 2017 2:15:39 PM
BulletProof Materials.jpgMore than 30 million people in the United States suffer from osteoarthritis (OA), the most common type of arthritis. The damage or breakdown of joint cartilage between bones mostly causes OA, which is sometime called degenerative joint disease or “wear and tear” arthritis.
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Topics: Advanced Materials

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

Written by Clayton Luz on Nov 21, 2017 2:30:00 PM
Magnets Performances.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

Flying the Friendly Skies at Mach 5: PM Coating Possibilities

Written 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

The Ubiquity of Plastics in the Electronics Industry

Written by Clayton Luz on Nov 9, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Plastics in Electronics Industry.jpegThe electronics industry remains a major user of high-performance thermoplastic and thermosetting polymers. Almost every type of engineering thermoplastic (ETP) is used in one type of electronics component or another, although standard nylons (polyamides) and thermoplastic polyesters (generally polybutylene terephthalate) are the two dominant polymer families, by far. This is especially true among connectors, which account for the vast majority of total business in electronics components.

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Topics: Plastics

Fluorescent Cells Grown Using CMOS Image Sensors

Written by Clayton Luz on Oct 23, 2017 2:00:00 PM
CMOS Image Sensor.jpegThe charge coupled device (CCD) and complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) sensor market should see robust growth in the next five years, chiefly from technological advancements and increasing number of applications areas.
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Topics: Photonics

UV LED Curing Technology Earns 2017 Technical Innovation Award

Written by Clayton Luz on Oct 18, 2017 10:00:00 AM
A product that combines UV LED curing technology with low migration food compliant chemistry has earned its company the Flexographic Technical Association’s Technical Innovation Award.
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Topics: Advanced Materials

New 3D LiDAR Sensor Gives Mobile Robots Wide-angle Views

Written by Clayton Luz on Oct 16, 2017 11:30:01 AM
3D LiDAR Sensor.jpgAs Japanese automakers ramp up efforts to put autonomous cars on the road, a key supplier is directing its labors toward getting self-driving vehicles on factory floors.
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Topics: Photonics

Machine Learning Accelerates Forensic Fingerprint Analysis

Written by Clayton Luz on Oct 4, 2017 3:15:00 PM
fingerprint_image.jpegWe match our fingerprints countless times every day when we access our smartphones through fingerprint readers. A clean, whole fingerprint is essential to perfecting this match. But as a forensic process, fingerprint analysis is a little dirtier, as it were. Latent prints from a crime scene often are smudged, distorted, incomplete and partial in their imprint. The result is a forensic science that often relies on subjective interpretations among expert practitioners.
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Topics: Safety and Security

A Solid State “Air Conditioner” for You and Your Smartphone

Written by Clayton Luz on Sep 27, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Electronic devices and systems have seen tremendous technological growth on two main fronts: increased functionality on a single device unit and miniaturization of each unit. But these advances pose challenges, as well. Both of these developments have increased the need for thermal management technologies.

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Topics: Semiconductor Manufacturing

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