Manufacturing Bits: Aug. 30

Redefining the ampere In 2014, an international group called the BIPM agreed to redefine four common units of measurements--the kilogram, the ampere, the kelvin and the mole. These units of measurement make up the so-called International System of Units or SI. In total, there are seven SI base units—meter, kilogram, second, ampere, kelvin, mole, and the candela. Work is already under wa... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: April 5

Food in 3D Using a technology called ptychographic X-ray computed tomography, the University of Copenhagen and the Paul Scherrer Institute have taken images of food in three dimensions and on a nanometer scale. Ptychography, a lensless coherent imaging technique, could potentially save the food industry money. It could reduce food waste due to faulty production methods. Ptychography could ... » read more

System Bits: Aug. 12

Wearable, continuous disease monitoring A new wearable vapor sensor being developed at the University of Michigan could one day offer continuous disease monitoring for patients with diabetes, high blood pressure, anemia or lung disease, according to researchers there. The new sensor, which can detect airborne chemicals either exhaled or released through the skin, would likely be the first w... » read more

System Bits: May 13

Bringing hyperbolic metamaterials closer to reality Purdue Researchers have taken a step toward practical applications for hyperbolic metamaterials, which are ultra-thin crystalline films that could bring optical advances for microscopes, quantum computers and high-performance solar cells. Optical metamaterials harness clouds of electrons called surface plasmons to manipulate and control li... » read more