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7/16/2020

The industrial internet of things and precision agriculture may benefit from a wireless video camera small enough to ride on the back of an insect. The 250 mg streaming camera developed by University of Washington engineers can record up to six hours at one to five frames per second and can pivot on a mechanical arm.

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7/16/2020

Community groups are seeking residents' input for plans to revive the beach at Prince Edward Island's Cape Traverse. The groups are looking to raise $245,000 for the project, which would include the removal of more than 150 concrete blocks previously placed to halt erosion.

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CBC News (Canada)
7/16/2020

Flora and fauna that are currently thriving in New Brunswick peat bogs may be hampered by other species where conditions are less harsh, according to Sean Blaney, executive director of the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Center. Blaney's research is meant to promote better understanding of the wetlands and how peat can be protected, as it takes thousands of years to form.

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7/16/2020

Hurricane Florence cost North Carolina's Carteret County about 3 million cubic yards of sand across 20 miles in 2018, according to Greg Rudolph of the county's Shore Protection Office. Workers are addressing the problem by pumping in lost sand along with a stockpile from nearby barges before contouring it with bulldozers.

7/15/2020

Life-saving device and drug pairings are growing in use worldwide. There are many different types of combination products, but the understanding of these medicines varies from one country to another, and many still lack guidance or regulations.

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ASTM International
7/15/2020

Nearly 442 million users will own at least one wearable device by the end of the year, Statista predicts. Carlos Gonzalez reviews a handful of wearable devices that could change the landscape for the technology, including augmented reality-enhanced contact lenses, a health-monitoring ring and a face mask that creates a pure breathing environment.

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ASME
7/15/2020

A crucial step in the quest to transform seawater into fuel has been achieved with a catalyst developed by University of Rochester chemical engineers. The potassium-promoted molybdenum carbide catalyst has can efficiently and at low cost turn carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide.

7/15/2020

A recent study of Avangrid Renewables' Tule Wind Farm in California indicates that utility-scale wind farms could, with a few minor changes, provide the ancillary services needed to maintain grid reliability and resiliency, say researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and other collaborators. "Wind can be another way to inject stability into the grid from renewable sources and to create commercial paths for incorporating increasing amounts of renewables onto the grid," says Clyde Loutan of the California Independent System Operator.

7/14/2020

Illinois is distributing almost $5.6 million to adult literacy programs to assist programs in English-language skills, reading, writing and math. The programs use more than 6,000 volunteers to reach 13,500 adults.

7/14/2020

Erosion control work at Patton Park in Hendersonville, N.C., is expected to begin later this month and continue through September, according to City Engineer Brent Detwiler. The park project is part of a larger streambank restoration project, Detwiler says.