Vietnam's southern Ca Mau province is losing more than 1,000 acres a year to coastal erosion, the state-run Vietnam News Agency reports. The province has spent $27.8 million to remedy the problem with 4 miles of dikes, but a local official says about double that amount is still needed.
The Hellfire missile fired from US drones can't be used in cloudy weather, which interferes with its laser-based guidance system. The GBU-38 JDAM GPS-guided bomb is a new and comparatively cheaper alternative at $20,000, and it's now undergoing tests of its claimed 15-mile range from launch point to target.
Having worked with microfluidics to create biosensors, Nicole Hashemi, an Iowa State University assistant professor of mechanical engineering, saw the potential for more, such as growing cells and repairing damaged tissues. Among other things, she envisions using the technology to make microfibers along which neurons could connect and perhaps transmit signals.
Although Elon Musk gets his share of credit, college students are contributing mightily to bring Musk's Hyperloop to realization. SpaceX's Hyperloop Pod Competition has teams across the country working on solutions, including Zuf Wang's team at the University of Wisconsin, which has about 50 members and has earned an innovation award in the contest.
Further innovation and development will be needed to ensure efficient and reliable power delivery around the world. Jeff Lowinger, senior vice president of engineering and chief technology officer at Eaton Industrial, explores progress in the field in a video recorded at ASME's IMECE 2016 in Houston.
Iranian immigrant Homayoon Kazerooni had high aspirations when he arrived in the US in the 1970s. But his focus was on engineering rather than fame, and that paid off in 2010 when his eLEGS medical exoskeleton for multiple sclerosis patients and stroke victims made Time magazine's list of 50 Best Inventions of 2010.
Having completed its builders trials last month, the USS Gerald R. Ford will begin its final sea testing before the end of this month before acceptance by the Navy. The latest trials will put the crew and all systems to the test with the exclusion of aircraft launch and recovery.
Concluding its first sea trials in more than three years, the USS Abraham Lincoln has been returned to the Navy after its refueling and complex overhaul at Newport News Shipyard. The Lincoln's sailors put in more than 2.5 million man-hours along with shipyard workers and contractors during the RCOH.
A four-pound, carbon fiber "Third Arm" designed at the Army Research Laboratory aims to take some of the load off the weaponry and gear carried by soldiers. "We're looking at reducing the soldiers' fatigue, also improving the lethality through marksmanship and allowing them to bear higher energy weapons," said Dan Baechle, a mechanical engineer.
The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group is back home in San Diego, having completed a seven-month deployment that took the three ships to the Pacific, Middle East and Horn of Africa. The group includes the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset, which made its maiden voyage, and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock carrying members of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit.