The depths of the world's oceans largely remain a mystery, and learning and mapping more for a variety of purposes is likely to fall increasingly to robots. Melissa Hebert looks at how robotics and artificial intelligence will be applied in ways that advance mining, national security and the environment.
Organic electronics useful in such applications as flexible electronics and solar energy conversion are taking a step forward, thanks to research at Princeton University, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Humboldt University of Berlin. The semiconductors used in these electronics are made up of relatively low-conductivity carbon molecules rather than silicon, and researchers have found that doping them with a ruthenium-containing compound greatly increases their conductivity.
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Scientists at the University of California's San Diego and Irvine campuses will use a $70 million grant from India's Tata Trusts to test biotech mosquitoes in India, pending approval by regulators. Anopheles Stephensi mosquitoes are engineered to create a strain that resists infection by malaria-causing Plasmodium falciparum.
Despite the current administration's attempts to roll back environmental regulations, industry is continuing to shift toward renewables. This progress could be in jeopardy if the Clean Power Plan is scrapped, with coal once again becoming the most common source of electricity in the US through about 2032.
Cities are figuring out how to do more with less as they find themselves under pressure from changing weather patterns and growing populations. Xiangyang, China, for example, has rolled out a system to turn industrial waste into energy, while Cape Town, South Africa's Waste Exchange connects different industries to more efficiently allocate resources.
China General Nuclear Power and Electricite de France have completed the first assessment stage for new nuclear reactor technology that could be used at a new nuclear plant in Essex. The technology is being developed by General Nuclear Services, a partnership between the two utilities.
Volkswagen says it will spend $11.8 billion through 2025 to create so-called new energy vehicles, which are all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars that meet China's energy requirements. It plans to launch 15 of these vehicles over the next three years with 25 more after 2025.
The shale boom has positioned the US to become the world's largest exporter of liquefied natural gas by the middle of the next decade, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday. "A remarkable ability to unlock new resources cost-effectively pushes combined United States oil and gas output to a level 50% higher than any other country has ever managed," the IEA said.
The power of leadership can go to your head, but as a leader, you must put your team before yourself, writes Bill Treasurer. Being of service to your employees and fulfilling your company's mission should always be your priority.
During her speech at the President's Luncheon at the ASME 2017 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in Tampa, Fla., ASME President Charla Wise discussed ASME's effort to become the "go-to" engineering organization for addressing technology-related challenges. She discussed the various areas the society is working on -- including leadership, collaboration and engagement -- to help assure it reaches that goal. Learn more.