When Sandia National Laboratory engineer Ken Condreva wanted to record critical timing signals in weapons test flights, he couldn’t find anything that worked, so he invented his own device. His invention is an integrated circuit that uses a patented "Pulse Stretcher" technique for increasing resolution of timing signals. He lengthens the duration of the output signal, making it last 64 to 200 times longer than the input signal. The process is similar to recording a sporting event with fast-action film and replaying it at slow motion to clearly see what happened. Potential applications exist in assembly and manufacturing operations, liquid-level measurement in chemical and processing plants, and collision detection and avoidance systems, according to Sandia Business Developer Scott Vaupen. He notes that the lab is seeking commercialization partners. If interested, contact him at (925) 294-2322 or email@example.com.
More often than not, with the purchase of a sports car comes the sacrifice of any sort of utility. In other words, you can forget about a large trunk, extra seats for the kids, and more importantly driving in snowy (or inclement) weather. But what if there was a vehicle that offered the best of both worlds; great handling and practicality?
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
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