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February 20, 2018
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Simple deflectors give wind turbines a real boost
The addition of simple deflectors can increase wind turbine efficiency as much as 11.4%, a highly significant result, according to research by a Rutgers University team. The key is the ability of the addition of several deflectors to produce more torque.
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From vacuums to the next stage in electric vehicles
Vacuum cleaner maker Dyson's stated plans to get into the business of making electric cars appears aimed at taking the technology a step further. The company is reported to be looking at solid state batteries for power -- the next step beyond lithium ion batteries -- and carbon fiber for structural components.
Gizmodo Australia (2/20) 
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Long-term Solution to Vibrations
Over a 13-year span, a major oil company fought recurring high vibrations in three gas reinjection compressor trains, resulting in 1% capacity loss each year. Today, optimized bearings and dampers have addressed the root cause of the vibrations, providing long-term performance and ROI. Read the case study.
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Innovations & Trends
Advances in sensor tech detailed at conference
Sony described aspects of its event-driven, low-power complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor image sensor at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference. Meanwhile, Microsoft detailed the latest version of the time-of-flight sensor in the Kinect-2, among other sensor technology papers presented by Panasonic and Toshiba.
EE Times (2/19) 
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School's students from 3 states to graduate with job experience
The Tri-State STEM+M school in Ohio offers students from that state, Kentucky and West Virginia access to honors diplomas with a special focus in science, technology, engineering and math, plus medicine. Besides the STEM and medicine curriculum, students complete job-shadowing and internships to gain work experience.
Charleston Gazette-Mail (W.Va.) (tiered subscription model) (2/16) 
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Waste-to-methanol plant takes shape in the Netherlands
Akzo Nobel, Air Liquide, Enerkem and the Port of Rotterdam have signed preliminary documents supporting the construction of a waste-to-methanol plant in the Netherlands. If the project moves forward, Akzo Nobel would supply the site with hydrogen and buy methanol from it.
S&P Global Platts (2/16) 
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Cleveland-to-Chicago Hyperloop under study
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies will begin investigating an underground Hyperloop system that would carry passengers from Cleveland to Chicago at 200 mph. A 5.5-hour trip by car would be reduced to 30 minutes in the first Hyperloop across state lines.
New Atlas (2/15) 
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General Atomics unit wins DARPA contract for infectious disease Dx device
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems to develop a portable medical device for use by military personnel in testing for infectious diseases. The device, which is expected to provide test results in under an hour, will build on the Portable Diagnostic Platform with disposable cartridges and sensor technology for laboratory-quality molecular diagnostic functions.
ExecutiveBiz (2/15) 
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Commentary: Construction site drones add to safety, efficiency
Using drones on construction sites can help managers "improve safety, project efficiency and data accuracy," writes Mike Danielak, director of client strategy and business development at Skyward. Drones help companies perform survey and design tasks for less cost and offer the "added bonus of gathering the data safely," he writes.
Construction Dive (2/14) 
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Leadership & Development
The right way to express emotions at work
Emotional intelligence in the workplace is about not only expressing your feelings, but also channeling them productively. The Humphrey Group founder Judith Humphrey examines five common emotions experienced at work and explains how best to convey them.
Fast Company online (2/17) 
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Free Webinar Focuses on Engineering Culture Change
ASME, along with the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) and Purdue University College of Engineering, will offer a free webinar for engineering department heads, faculty and change leaders on Thursday, Feb. 22, highlighting an evidence-based approach for fostering a more diverse, equitable and inclusive (DEI) engineering culture. The interactive webinar, "An Evidence-Based Approach & Model for Leading Department Culture Change," will discuss why educators should engage in DEI-focused change; what additional resources are available to help engineers lead department culture change; and more. Register for the webinar.
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