Detailed sea-floor maps created during the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the Indian Ocean could be valuable for scientists and the fishing industry, said Charitha Pattiaratchi, a professor of coastal oceanography. "It is estimated that only 10 to 15 percent of the world's oceans have been surveyed with the kind of technology used in the search for MH370," said Stuart Minchin of Geoscience Australia.
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Continental is combining current driver-assistance technology with new features, including a laser sensor, in its autonomous CUbE vehicle for urban mobility. The transporter is being tested in a complex layout that mimics urban conditions at Continental's facility in Frankfurt, Germany, and builds on the idea that taxi-like service will be an obvious and early application of self-driving technology.
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Innovations introduced at the European MedFIT conference included Japet Medical Devices' Atlas exoskeleton, which decompresses the spine during physical therapy exercises to relieve lower-back pain, and Linksium's Grapheal bandage, which uses graphene to encourage cell growth and healing in advanced wounds.
Using liver cells as "seeds" implanted into biodegradable tissue scaffolds of damaged livers in mice, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found the minute structures multiplied 50-fold and executed regular functions performed by normal liver tissues, based on data in the journal Science Translational Medicine. Investigators hope the method could eventually benefit more than 17,000 Americans suffering from liver disease, particularly those on a liver-transplant waiting list.
Clearas Water Recovery, a biotechnology company in Montana, is building a large-scale processing facility expected to produce nearly 8,000 pounds of dry weight algae biomass daily that can then be used for the production of biofuels, animal feed and bioplastics. The company will use its advanced biological nutrient recovery system to clean almost 4 million gallons of wastewater daily and produce algae.
More sophisticated prosthetic legs with microprocessors may be cost-effective when the cost of falls associated with mechanical legs and knees is added to total costs, according to a Mayo Clinic study in the journal Prosthetics and Orthotics International. The AOPA-supported study found the additional cost of a fall to be $18,000 for the emergency department and more than $25,000 for a hospital stay.
Apple is looking to advance the field of machine learning with an open journal on the subject in which the company shares its insights. The first post explores the transformation of synthetic images into realistic ones as a way of training neural networks.
The startup Brain, which developed technology that lets robots teach themselves how to control their movements and navigate safely within their environment, has obtained $114 million in a funding round led by SoftBank's Vision Fund. Brain CEO Eugene Izhikevich said the robots of tomorrow would be "intelligent autonomous machines that take care of us."
Colorado State University is incorporating diversity and inclusion into its engineering program to make all students feel welcome and to foster creativity, according to associate professor Rebecca Atadero. This is a five-year project with a budget of $1.9 million expands on a study that was started in the college of engineering at Colorado State in 2014 and is paid for by the National Science Foundation.
The ASME Honors and Awards department is currently accepting nominations for 11 ASME awards, including the Fluids Engineering Award, the Freeman Scholar Award and the Ralph Coats Roe Medal. The nomination deadlines for these awards will fall between Aug. 30 and Sept. 15. Learn more.