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Implantable Cancer Traps Could Provide Earlier Diagnosis, Help Monitor Treatment

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35628
Published 2019-12-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Invasive procedures to biopsy tissue from cancer-tainted organs could be replaced by simply taking samples from a tiny “decoy” implanted just beneath the skin, University of Michigan researchers have demonstrated in mice.

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Narrower focus, BIGGER PAYOFF

SAE Truck & Off-Highway Engineering: December 2019

Terry Costlow
  • Magazine Article
  • 19TOFHP12_03
Published 2019-12-01 by SAE International in United States

Design teams are targeting focused markets for their commercial electric-vehicle programs to combat challenges like range and infrastructure.

Government regulations are prompting a changeover to electric powertrains, with early growth coming in commercial vehicle applications where range and recharging are more easily managed. Greater expansion will require revisions in maintenance and broader availability of charging stations as well as improved driving ranges.

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Bioelectronic Implant Could Prevent Opioid Deaths

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35630
Published 2019-12-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Researchers are developing a novel, implantable device that can sense the effects of a potentially fatal level of ingested opioids and then automatically and immediately deliver a life-saving dose of naloxone.

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PLASTICS INNOVATIONS 2019

SAE Truck & Off-Highway Engineering: December 2019

Lindsay Brooke
  • Magazine Article
  • 19TOFHP12_05
Published 2019-12-01 by SAE International in United States

The 49th annual SPE Automotive Awards highlight the ongoing benefits of lightweight polymers and composites.

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition, now in its 49th year, is considered the “Oscars” for those developing polymer and composites-intensive components, systems and vehicles. Winners of the 2019 competition topped an incredible field of entries that continue to show the benefits of lightweight, durable plastics across the spectrum of vehicle applications.

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Platinum nanoparticles for fuel-cell catalysts may cut cost

SAE Truck & Off-Highway Engineering: December 2019

Stuart Birch
  • Magazine Article
  • 19TOFHP12_11
Published 2019-12-01 by SAE International in United States

Fuel-cell technology is a big subject with some very small but vital aspects, one of which is the size of platinum atoms. Reduce these and the cost of platinum-one of the major drawbacks of current fuel-cell systems-would also fall. So, establishing and creating the optimum size for platinum fuel-cell catalysis for cars and heavy-duty trucks is one of the ongoing research areas for future alternative energy solutions.

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Potassium-Oxygen Battery Stores Clean Energy

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35692
Published 2019-12-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Researchers have developed a more efficient, more reliable potassium-oxygen battery with a cathode that stores the energy produced by a chemical reaction in a metal-oxygen or metal-air battery. The battery could make renewable energy sources like solar and wind more viable options for the power grid through cheaper, more efficient energy storage.

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Akasol packs industry-leading energy density into new battery design

SAE Truck & Off-Highway Engineering: December 2019

Bill Visnic
  • Magazine Article
  • 19TOFHP12_08
Published 2019-12-01 by SAE International in United States

Projecting the market for full-electric and hybrid-electric commercial vehicles will continue to expand, Germany-based lithium-ion battery specialist Akasol recently announced production-readiness of a newly-developed battery pack that sets an energy-density benchmark. The company's president also confirmed Akasol will build a manufacturing facility in the Detroit area targeted to begin production in mid-2020.

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Q&A

SAE Truck & Off-Highway Engineering: December 2019

Ryan Gehm
  • Magazine Article
  • 19TOFHP12_13
Published 2019-12-01 by SAE International in United States

Together with its many partners, ZF supplies camera and radar technology and advanced components for both the passenger car and commercial truck markets, the latter being especially suited for the move to more complex driver-assistance systems, according to Dan Williams, director of ADAS & Autonomy at ZF. “The business case in commercial vehicle for reduction in driver hours of service, fuel cost reduction and safety have strong economic incentives to adopt ADAS/automated driving technology. Additionally, the regulations placed on the industry will require our customers to utilize certain solutions,” he said.

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Low-Bandwidth Radar Technology Provides Improved Detection of Objects

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35690
Published 2019-12-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Radar technologies were originally designed to identify and track airborne military targets. Today, they're more often used to detect motor vehicles, weather formations, and geological terrain. Until now, scientists believed that radar accuracy and resolution are related to the range of frequencies or radio bandwidth used by the devices. A new approach inspired by optical coherence tomography (OCT) requires little to no bandwidth to accurately create a high-resolution map of a radar's surrounding environment. The new technology has numerous applications, especially with respect to the automotive industry.

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Biologically Inspired Artificial Skin Improves Sensory Ability of Robots

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35611
Published 2019-12-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Inspired by human skin, a system was developed that combines artificial skin with control algorithms. The system was used to create the first autonomous humanoid robot with full-body artificial skin.