Girl Scouts of the USA has introduced 42 new STEM-related merit badges under the leadership of engineer Sylvia Acevedo. In a podcast, Acevedo discusses her background as a rocket engineer and entrepreneur and the importance of stimulating girls' interest in STEM subjects.
A device smaller than a ladybug contains an accelerometer contact microphone that detects a human body's internal vibrations and raises alerts before something goes terribly wrong. The device, developed by researchers at Georgia Tech, has two fine layers of silicon spaced 270 nanometers apart to produce an electronic output when part of the chip is set into motion by a faint bodily vibration or sound.
Manufacturers can become more agile rethinking processes and adopting the right software to streamline new solutions, say 3D Systems' Phil Schultz and Radhika Krishnan. Additive manufacturing is an important component of agility, especially as part of viewing the shop floor "as a complete end-to-end workflow that includes both additive and subtractive technologies," says Krishnan.
Exyte Hargreaves has joined a mechanical, electrical and HVAC group that is performing work at the UK's Hinkley Point C nuclear plant. Exyte Hargreaves will design, build and commission ventilation systems for the plant.
A new generation of fast-charging lithium-ion batteries is under development at StoreDot in Israel, using metaloids to replace graphite in anodes. CEO Doron Myersdorf explains how the company's nanotech approach can charge electronic devices or an electric scooter in five minutes.
An advanced innovation hub at the University of Michigan will distribute $710,000 among eight projects to address transportation efficiency, safety and sustainability. The projects will aim for innovation in battery, fuel-cell and structural technology.
The USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan are carrying out dual carrier operations and exercises in the South China Sea in response to increased Chinese activity in the area, the Navy announced. "The purpose is to show an unambiguous signal to our partners and allies that we are committed to regional security and stability," said Rear Adm. George M. Wikoff, commander of the strike group led by the Reagan.
The Independence-class littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords is patrolling the Western Pacific without a replacement for the RGM-184A Naval Strike Missile it test fired in October, photos indicate. The absence raises questions about the RGM-184A program and the Navy's deployment capabilities, Joseph Trevithick writes.
The guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell has wound up 13 years of service with the 7th Fleet out of Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan and is on its way to Portland, Ore., for modernization. The next stop will be Naval Station Everett, Wash., where the McCampbell will join the 3rd Fleet.
The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman has arrived at Norfolk Naval Shipyard for an Extended Carrier Incremental Availability after a seven-month deployment. The Truman joins the USS George H.W. Bush on the NNSY waterfront.
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