Bill Nye encourages international space collaboration | Device rapidly traces RNA markers indicating Ebola | AI, robots continue to optimize turbine monitoring
August 19, 2019
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Bill Nye encourages international space collaboration
Collaboration between NASA and other international space agencies could drive up the overall cost of a mission to the moon, but the cost "per agency, per taxpayer, per citizen of the world would go down," says Bill Nye the Science Guy, a licensed mechanical engineer.
ASME (8/2019) 
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Device rapidly traces RNA markers indicating Ebola
A microfluidic device developed at the Rochester Institute of Technology can detect ribonucleic acid markers that indicate the Ebola virus within five minutes. Crucial to the process was the engineering of a micropump that helps patient blood samples and CRISPR reagents react.
ASME (8/2019) 
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Spotlight on Energy
AI, robots continue to optimize turbine monitoring
Companies can improve turbine monitoring, performance and maintenance by using a combination of human workers, artificial intelligence and robots, write David Flynn and Valentin Robu of Heriot-Watt University. "AI and robotics have advanced significantly in recent years and in collaboration with human operators they can enable us to be more responsive so that we can adapt to rare events such as extreme weather conditions or the threat of sabotage or interference to subsea cables," they write.
The Conversation (Australia) (8/16) 
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Report: US wind costs lower than ever
The levelized cost of wind is lower than ever in the US, and the industry accounted for 21% of all capacity added in the US in 2018, according to the Energy Department's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Wind projects across the country have been enhanced by increasing rotor diameters and a diverse domestic supply chain, among other factors.
North American Windpower online (8/15) 
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Idaho National Laboratory, hub of nuclear energy research, celebrates 70 years
The Idaho National Laboratory was established in 1949 as the "atom plant" and grew into a facility where the "best of nuclear technology was developed," according to Idaho Gov. Brad Little. Sixty percent of clean energy comes from nuclear facilities, said Dr. Rita Baranwal, the Energy Department's assistant secretary for nuclear energy.
East Idaho News (Idaho Falls) (8/15) 
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Building management platform boosts office's energy efficiency
Blue IoT's smart building management platform has been used to reduce energy consumption at a Melbourne, Australia, office building while providing unprecedented access to the building's multiple HVAC systems. The system is contained in a small translator box and uses small sensors located throughout the building to communicate wirelessly with the facility's HVAC equipment.
The Fifth Estate (Australia) (8/15) 
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Innovations & Trends
Northrop engine advances hypersonic possibilities
A Northrop Grumman scramjet engine has achieved thrust levels exceeding 13,000 pounds in tests performed by the Air Force Research Laboratory and Air Force Test Center.
Aviation Week & Space Technology (tiered subscription model) (8/16) 
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Penn student gains valuable experience doing summer research
University of Pennsylvania chemical and biomolecular engineering major Angelica Padilla recently completed her second summer semester of research at the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter under fluid mechanics professor Paulo Arratia. Padilla studied the dynamics of active fluids that contain living cells during her time in the lab.
University of Pennsylvania (8/16) 
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