Startup works to refine brain/machine interface | Drexel researcher develops concrete that melts snow, ice | Hyperloop One selects 10 winning route proposals
September 20, 2017
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Startup works to refine brain/machine interface
Tech startup CTRL-Labs has created a brain/machine interface that captures impulses from the brain, enabling users to run devices without touching a keyboard. The next challenge is replacing the large armband prototype with a strap small and light enough to achieve wide acceptance from consumers.
Wired online (9/13) 
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Drexel researcher develops concrete that melts snow, ice
To create a surface that melts ice and snow, rock fragments can be soaked in paraffin oil before they are used to make concrete. Drexel assistant engineering professor Yaghoob Farnam and researchers from Oregon State University and Purdue University found that as the oil froze during testing, it released heat and melted about 5 inches of snow within 24 hours.
WHYY-TV/WHYY-FM (Philadelphia) (9/15) 
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Hyperloop One selects 10 winning route proposals
The US is the most prominent on the list of 10 global winners across three continents in Hyperloop One's contest to identify the most promising routes for real-world Hyperloops. The longest US route would connect Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Laredo in Texas with more than 600 miles of tube.
New Atlas (9/15) 
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Engineers use innovative seismic design for Calif. super tall building
Seismic protections for tall buildings have always been a challenge, but the Salesforce Tower under construction in San Francisco uses no braces, buckling restraints or any other of the traditional methods. Engineers have designed the superstructure at the 1,070-foot tower with a reinforced-concrete shear-wall core to take lateral loads and perimeter structural-steel columns for gravity loads, maximizing the amount of usable space in the building.
Engineering News-Record (9/14) 
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Trends in Education
Federal data shed light on nondegree credentials
Federal data shed light on nondegree credentials
A new report from the US Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics shows that more than a quarter of Americans have accumulated nondegree credentials, and 21% have done internships or apprenticeships. According to the 2016 data, 49% said their certificate was very useful in finding work, while 83% said the experience had upgraded their work skills.
Inside Higher Ed (9/14) 
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Proposal promotes college credit sharing
US lawmakers are considering legislation that would allow students who drop out of college before earning a bachelor's degree to use the credits they have earned toward an associate degree. The Reverse Transfer Efficiency Act of 2017 is designed for students who initially transferred from a community college to a four-year college.
The Denver Post (9/15) 
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Report: Transfer students lose 43% of credits
Report: Transfer students lose 43% of credits
A report released this week by the Government Accountability Office found that students who transferred to a new college or university from 2004 to 2009 lost an average of 43% of their credits. The report recommends schools increase transparency about transfer policies and make it easier to transfer credits.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (9/13) 
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Career Development
Avoid habits that can undermine your job search
You will sabotage your own job search if you fail to adequately value your strengths, writes Robin Madell. Keep your expectations reasonable so you can maintain a positive outlook and focus on encouraging thoughts instead of problems during your search, Madell advises.
U.S. News & World Report (9/18) 
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How to quicken the hiring process
The average time it takes to get hired increased between 2014 and 2017, according to Glassdoor. Here are tips for speeding up the process.
U.S. News & World Report (9/15) 
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Don't get carried away with personal branding
Personal branding is fine, but only if it doesn't consist solely of promoting an image that you think will help you land a job, says Ilana Gershon, an anthropology professor at the University of Indiana. Your personal branding efforts should involve building a good reputation over time.
Ladders (9/13) 
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Where History and Technology Meet
Set for Nov. 1-3, this year's Annual Conference will be held at the historic Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza.

Open since 1931, the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza hotel is one of the world's finest examples of French Art Deco design. The hotel will be the backdrop for over 200 sessions designed to help you "Construct the Future for Tomorrow."

Although the early-bird rate has ended, there is still time to register at the regular rate, which for professional members is $550 and for student members is $425. Deadline to reserve your hotel room at $125/night is Oct. 10.

Find more information, register or reserve your hotel room here.
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