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As a U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Energetics Center, the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division (NSWC IHD) is a leader in the Navy's Energetics Enterprise. Its mission is to provide research, development, test and evaluation and in-service support of energetics and energetic materials for propulsion systems, ordnance & pyrotechnic devices and fuzing for Navy, Joint Forces, and the Nation. Capabilities include research, test, and engineering of chemicals, propellants, explosives, related electronic devices and associated ordnance equipment.
 
In short, the U.S. Navy and other Federal Government agencies and allied nations come to NSWC IHD for energetic systems solutions — the organization supports the warfighter of today, anticipates their future needs, and makes discoveries for the next generation.
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2020
3 Apr 2020

Energy-Harvesting Design Aims to Turn Wi-Fi Signals Into Useable Power

Any device that sends out a Wi-Fi signal also emits terahertz waves —electromagnetic waves with a frequency somewhere between microwaves and infrared light. These high-frequency radiation waves, known as "T-rays," are also produced by almost anything that registers a temperature, including our own bodies and the inanimate objects around us.
1 Apr 2020

Triton and Titomic to Collaborate

Titomic Limited has entered into a strategic partnership with Triton Systems Inc to implement Titomic's Kinetic Fusion capabilities for validation through R&D projects with the US Department of Defense.
30 Mar 2020

New Sensor Could Help Prevent Food Waste

As flowers bloom and fruits ripen, they emit a colorless, sweet-smelling gas called ethylene. Chemists have now created a tiny sensor that can detect this gas in concentrations as low as 15 parts per billion, which they believe could be useful in preventing food spoilage.
27 Mar 2020

AI to Estimate Unexploded Bombs From Vietnam War

Researchers have used artificial intelligence to detect Vietnam War-era bomb craters in Cambodia from satellite images - with the hope that it can help find unexploded bombs.
25 Mar 2020

Deep Learning for Mechanical Property Evaluation

A standard method for testing some of the mechanical properties of materials is to poke them with a sharp point. This "indentation technique" can provide detailed measurements of how the material responds to the point's force, as a function of its penetration depth.
25 Mar 2020

Robotics in Maintenance and Repair

Inspecting fuel and ballast tanks. Sand-blasting old paint coatings and applying new ones. Removing corrosion on ships, submarines, aircraft and other vehicles. These are some of the unpleasant jobs in naval shipyards and maintenance facilities that could be made safer by pairing human workers with robots.
19 Mar 2020

Smart Wound Healing Patch: DARPA Awards $22 Million Grant

Neuroengineers and bioengineers are part of a national team that's developing "smart" technology that combines artificial intelligence, bioelectronics and regenerative medicine to regrow muscle tissue for wounded soldiers.
19 Mar 2020

DARPA Seeks New Class of Unmanned Underwater Vehicles

DARPA's Manta Ray Program aims to demonstrate critical technologies for a new class of long duration, long range, payload-capable unmanned underwater vehicles that operate for extended durations without the need for on-site human logistics support or maintenance offer the potential for persistent operations during longer term deployments.
13 Mar 2020

An Ultra-Precise Mind-Controlled Prosthetic

In a major advance in mind-controlled prosthetics for amputees, researchers have tapped faint, latent signals from arm nerves and amplified them to enable real-time, intuitive, finger-level control of a robotic hand.
2 Mar 2020

NextFlex

NextFlex is a consortium of companies, academic institutions, non-profits and state, local and federal governments who collectively aim to advance U.S. manufacturing of flexible hybrid electronics.
27 Feb 2020

Army Scientists Develop Cutting-Edge, Durable 3D Printing Technology

Army scientists are on the brink of a pioneering additive-manufacturing technology to help soldiers quickly swap out broken plastic components with durable 3D printed replacements, says a top Army researcher.
26 Feb 2020

Artificial Intelligence Yields New Antibiotic

Using a machine-learning algorithm, researchers have identified a powerful new antibiotic compound. In laboratory tests, the drug killed many of the world's most problematic disease-causing bacteria, including some strains that are resistant to all known antibiotics. It also cleared infections in two different mouse models.
26 Feb 2020

Significance of Alphabet Exiting Giant Drones Including AWE

Significance of Alphabet Exiting Giant Drones Including Airborne Wind Energy. Alphabet/ Google and Facebook exiting large drones does not mean such aircraft are a failure. In Alphabet, a sister company of Google, was acquisition Makani in California and later Hawaii trialling a huge drone with eight propeller-generators and a 70 meter wingspan.
18 Feb 2020

Brilliant Sole

Brilliant Sole have developed smart insole products for applications including VR tracking, sports performance and medical monitoring. IDTechEx interviewed them at CES 2020.
11 Feb 2020

Leclanché

Leclanché are a premium European battery maker and energy storage solutions provider based in Switzerland. The company supplies battery solutions to many industries, from industrial vehicles and stationary energy storage to robotics.
10 Feb 2020

Engineers Mix and Match Materials to Make New Stretchy Electronics

At the heart of any electronic device is a cold, hard computer chip, covered in a miniature city of transistors and other semiconducting elements. Because computer chips are rigid, the electronic devices that they power, such as our smartphones, laptops, watches, and televisions, are similarly inflexible. Now a process developed by engineers may be the key to manufacturing flexible electronics with multiple functionalities in a cost-effective way.
7 Feb 2020

SEMI-FlexTech Launches Six New Projects

SEMI-FlexTech announced the launch of six projects to accelerate sensor and sensor system innovations for new applications in industries including healthcare, automotive, industrial and defense.
7 Feb 2020

American Semiconductor Inc

American Semiconductor is a company based in Idaho, USA that has developed a process for thinning silicon chips and packaging them within a polymer. This enables flexible, durable silicon ICs, offering processing capability with a flexible form factor.
4 Feb 2020

Hanergy Collapse: Significance for EV and Photovoltaic Industry

Hanergy is a large Chinese company. In past years, it has been in trouble for allegedly false accounting but it has been a global leader in flexible and thin film photovoltaics including GaAs and copper indium gallium diselenide CIGS and it has its own advanced silicon photovoltaics PV.
29 Jan 2020

Printing Objects That Can Incorporate Living Organisms

A method for printing 3D objects that can control living organisms in predictable ways has been developed. The technique may lead to 3D printing of biomedical tools, such as customized braces, that incorporate living cells to produce therapeutic compunds such as painkillers or topical treatments, the researchers say.