A broken elbow for star Purdue University basketball center Isaac Haas made things look bleak for the Boilermakers in the midst of this year's NCAA Division 1 Basketball Tournament, but Purdue mechanical engineering students came to the rescue, quickly developing a brace that could protect it from further injury if he played -- as well as meet NCAA requirements. Though Haas' injury ultimately was deemed too severe for him to play, the students hope their device can be used in rehabilitation.
Canada's Department of National Defense is funding a program to develop a radar system that can detect stealth aircraft and reduce the static in conventional radar generated by the aurora borealis. The system will take advantage of the quantum effect to generate entangled photons using a bright light source.
Vibration is the enemy as submarines try to hide their presence in the deep. Now a graduate student team led by a University of Connecticut professor has developed a way to test for vibration problems in submarine components earlier in their development.
Water-borne craft that are used to study surf zones struggle amid the constant bashing of waves. An unmanned vehicle rolling on tracks may provide a solution by avoiding the waves to maneuver on the solid surf zone bottom.
A move to exempt ship ballast dumping from the Clean Water Act was narrowly defeated in the Senate on Wednesday. The proposal was strongly opposed by environmental groups concerned about the Great Lakes and the introduction of invasive species.
The Army Corps of Engineers will be accelerating repairs to the dike around Florida's Lake Okeechobee using a $50 million grant from the state. It's the first of two such grants, and Florida's Department of Environmental Protection will be working with the Corps to determine exactly how to use the funds.
Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection has followed up a warning last month with an order halting work on the Westmont Sanitary Sewer Project. Repeated inspections have found the project to be in violation of the Clean Stream Act.
Much of the sand deposited on Montauk, Long Island, beaches to replenish sand lost to nor'easters was itself washed away recently by yet another of the storms. The lost sand was deposited to cover sandbags that had been placed as a way to prevent further erosion.
Florida associations, municipalities and businesses should develop a shoreline restoration plan ahead of the next hurricane season, writes Brian Fischer of SOX™LLC Erosion Solutions. Environmental concerns, cost and the longevity of the shoreline restoration project should be considered in determining the right plan, he writes.
The Clean Water Act has led to enormous improvement in US river water quality. But the law doesn't cover salt, and evidence points to increasingly salty waters from wintertime road salting, construction, agriculture and other sources.
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