Sending ‘Selfies’ from the Moon

Color mosaic of the Earth's moon.

Every decade has its space adventures, missions that push our understanding of the universe and of our own planet, journeys that excite and inspire. From astronomers in academia, to NASA, to 8th grade classrooms, the thrill of exploration, innovation, and adventure is singular and unparalleled. Take, for instance, the 1960s which saw Alan Shepherd becoming […]

Crew Transportation to the ISS

NASA's Logo

In recent posts we’ve been perhaps a little, shall we say, ‘starry-eyed’ about advances in space exploration – especially when they involve the use of cleanrooms and contamination-control technologies. (And whenever we peek behind the scenes of an aeronautical success, we often find a cleanroom is involved.) We’ve looked at Elon Musk’s pioneering move to […]

Cleanroom Technology at CES 2019

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Perhaps no event is quite so synonymous with the art and science of innovation than the Consumer Electronics Show held annually in Las Vegas, NV. With a social media reach of over 50 million views and mentions, and 4,500 exhibitors catering to around 183,000 live, in-person attendees, the show that kicks off the year is […]

Top 10 Articles of 2018

Cleanroom news top 10 2018

You are polymaths, all of you! Once again this year, you -our readers – have shown us the breadth and diversity of your interests,passions, and expertise. The most-read articles during 2018 range from piece onbio-medical printing to nanotechnology, augmented reality to cleanroom beer. We’ve presented research on state-of-the-art materials, pioneering technologies, and out-of-this-world engineering and […]

Colorful Cleanrooms and Cochlear Implants

Conceptual image about human hearing

Just a couple of decades ago, the concept of biohacking – deliberately blurring the biological line between man and machine – was little more than just that: a concept, confined mainly to the avant garde of science fiction and futurism. And this was with good reason. When we think of enhancing human abilities with the […]

Putting the Fun Back in Functional Nanomaterials

Research prototype of transparent clear glass or plastic material

Sometimes it can be hard to really conceptualize the breadth of research work that’s coming out of our contamination-controlled environments. In Class 100/1000 cleanrooms from coast to coast, unless you work directly in the field, it is a challenge to keep up with the multitude of advances in technology and process. With that said, if […]

Haptics and Ultrahaptics

Haptics and Ultrahaptics

  From Disney to Microsoft, NASA to MIT, corporations and institutions large and small are increasingly reviving their interest in haptic technologies, whether pursuing the edge on the next generation of smartphones, adding a piece into the puzzle of augmented reality, or engineering a robot hand that can both collect soil samples on Mars and […]

Lab-Grown Leather: When Contamination Control Meets Chanel

leather . Rolls of gray genuine leather isolated on white background

From way back in the Stone Age to our current Silicon Age, we have labeled periods of our development as a species by the materials we have come to master: stone, bronze, iron, and so on.(1) And, at each stage, our adoption of nature’s materials has also brought with it the development of other consumables […]

How the Humble Inkjet Printer is the New Go-To in Organ Transplantation

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From the perfect Super Venti Flat White (yes, it is ‘a thing’) crafted for us at the Starbucks drive-thru to the tailored Tesla designed to indulge our most whimsical aesthetic consideration, the world is becoming increasingly customized whether we like it or not. And however we perceive this transition – good, bad, or indifferent – […]

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