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9/25/2020

Researchers at City University of Hong Kong have observed high elasticity and defect tolerance in "white graphene," or hexagonal boron nitride. Also known as h-BN, the two-dimensional material has many of the qualities of regular graphene, but its additional robustness holds potential in strain engineering, piezoelectronics and flexible electronics.

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PhysOrg
9/25/2020

Wearing personal protective equipment for an extensive time can irritate the skin, and typical skin lotions don't provide much relief. However, help is at hand in the form of absorption-resistant lubricants such as mixtures of coconut oil, cocoa butter and beeswax and powders like talcum, according to research at Imperial College London.

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ScienceDaily
9/24/2020

A 4D imaging radar system for autonomous vehicles is being developed by Continental and processor specialist Xilinx. The system, which will begin showing up in production vehicles next year, will be able to detect an object's relative speed, elevation, direction and range in any weather or lighting condition.

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Forbes
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9/24/2020

The USS Nimitz has become the first US aircraft carrier to operate in the Persian Gulf since the USS Abraham Lincoln left in November 2019. The Nimitz and its strike group will provide air support for the ongoing Operation Inherent Resolve.

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USNI News
9/24/2020

The America-class amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli, commissioned in July, is now at its Naval Base San Diego home port. The Tripoli is coming off operations with the Pacific Fleet.

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USNI News
9/24/2020

The guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam successfully hit a target during a simulated Tomahawk cruise missile attack in the Valiant Shield 2020 exercise off the coast of Guam. The exercise demonstrated the cruiser's ability to "track, target, and engage threats to protect peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific," the Navy said.

9/24/2020

BAE Systems will build Archerfish mine neutralizers for the US Navy under a $110.94 million contract. The seven-year deal also covers fiber optic spool kits, support equipment, surveys, repairs and program management and support.

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Naval Technology
9/24/2020

Newport News Shipbuilding will carry out an engineering overhaul of the Los Angeles-class submarine USS Boise under a $351.8 million contract modification. Exercised options would raise the contract value to $355 million.

9/24/2020

The attack submarine USS Texas will undergo maintenance and receive system upgrades after its arrival last week at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine. The submarine finished its last deployment in February.

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The Associated Press
9/24/2020

Bollinger Shipyards in Louisiana will build four more Sentinel-class fast response cutters under a contract with the Coast Guard. The new ships are to be delivered in 2022 and 2023.