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Insect-Inspired Motion Sensing – Researchers Create Miniaturized Mechanical Gyroscope

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory took inspiration from flying insects to demonstrate a miniaturized gyroscope, a special sensor used in navigation technologies. Gyroscopes sense rotational motions to provide directional guidance without relying on satellites, so they are immune to signal jamming and other cyber threats, making them ideal […]

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Scientists Spy Unstable Compound Semiconductors – “Could Have Profound Consequences”

New observations using state-of-the-art techniques could help to build better electronics in smartphones, GPS and satellites. Scientists from Cardiff University have, for the first time, spotted previously unseen “instabilities” on the surface of a common compound semiconductor material. The findings could potentially have profound consequences for the development of future materials in the electronic devices […]

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Testing Potential Materials for Use in Interplanetary Travel With Nuclear Thermal Propulsion

If humankind reaches Mars this century, an Oak Ridge National Laboratory-developed experiment testing advanced materials for spacecraft may play a key role. NASA is considering nuclear thermal propulsion—a way to power spacecraft with a nuclear reactor, which could cut travel times in half compared to traditional rockets. A nuclear-fueled system will need sophisticated materials that can withstand […]