Quiz: The design race of the turbojet engine | MIT tool opens door to gut microbiome study | State-of-the-art prosthesis helps boy do what he loves
August 7, 2020
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Quiz: The design race of the turbojet engine

A former British Royal Air Force mechanic and pilot, Frank Whittle was initially ridiculed for his propulsion ideas. Eventually, he would establish his own company, Power Jets Ltd., in 1936 and hold his first ground test of a jet engine in 1937.

  • In what year did Frank Whittle first patent the jet engine concept?
○ 1936
○ 1930
○ 1934
○ 1932
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Spotlight on Biotechnology
It is difficult to study the roles various bacteria play in the human gut microbiome due to their resistance to growth in certain lab conditions. MIT researchers say they have solved this problem with a device containing a channel coated with human colon mucosal cells.
Full Story: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (8/6) 
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Garrett Warkentin's new myoelectric prosthetic arm gives him the ability to ride his bike and open and close his hand. Warkentin, who is 12, received his prosthesis from the War Amps Child Amputee Program.
Full Story: Vancouver Island Free Daily (Parksville, British Columbia) (8/4) 
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Innoture is developing a skin patch that utilizes a transdermal delivery system for patients to self-administer vaccines for COVID-19 and other diseases, and has received a $262,000 research grant from the Welsh government to advance its proof-of-concept testing.
Full Story: PharmaTimes online (UK) (7/31) 
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Innovations & Trends
Human hair is 50 times softer than the carbon-coated steel of razor blades but still can cause the edges to chip. An MIT researcher delving into this mystery found chips often occur when the blade edge meets the side of a hair but not during a perpendicular cut.
Full Story: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (8/7) 
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A new exoskeleton from Hilti is designed to bear 47% of a construction worker's burden when lifting objects overhead. The 4-pound device is worn like a backpack.
Full Story: Construction Dive (8/5) 
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The Air Force is making use of 3D printing to make its own aircraft components. The Air Force recently built a metal anti-ice gasket for a Pratt & Whitney TF33-P103 aircraft engine using 3D printing.
Full Story: FlightGlobal (U.K.) (8/5) 
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Oxbotica has developed a technology for GPS signals that works within big cities where skyscrapers often disrupt them. Even without a GPS signal, the Universal Autonomy technology allows continuous localization and safe control for autonomous vehicles.
Full Story: Geospatial World (8/5) 
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The Navy is learning from its design and testing issues with littoral combat ships and the Ford-class carrier by conducting early land-based work for the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine program, Rear Adm. Jason Lloyd said. "I think it would have been significantly cheaper to build a prototype back then than it would to go through what we're going through now with those weapons elevators on Ford," he said.
Full Story: USNI News (8/5) 
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Leadership & Development
GM CEO urges girls to pursue STEM
Barra (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
Automakers need more women in the workforce, which starts with girls pursuing STEM subjects, General Motors CEO Mary Barra said Wednesday. Barra described her path to engineering with the support of her father, a Pontiac diemaker.
Full Story: Detroit Free Press (8/6) 
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2020 will be remembered in history as a year in which a micro-organism brought the world to a grinding halt. What are the employment and entrepreneurship opportunities, especially for young engineers, in this new era? Join Sanjiv Bhavnani, founder and CEO of Mentorpreneur Advisors, as he looks into his "crystal ball" and speaks on how the pandemic might affect education, employment, business, and the economy. Q&A discussion with the audience will follow Mr. Bhavnani's remarks. Organized by ASME's India office staff, this is the third episode of the E-Fest Asia Pacific Webinar Series--an ongoing effort to keep students, young and seasoned engineers, and other ASME stakeholders virtually engaged. Register for this August 8 webinar now!
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