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Engineers are working on simple ways to address the fundamental problems of transportation, preservation and storage that lead to widespread crop damage in much of the developing world. Promising examples of such work include Spencer Taylor's Evaptainer, which provides mobile, cost-effective food refrigeration without electricity.
The ubiquitous pop-top aluminum beer can is 60 years old this year. In the first of a two-part series, Michael MacRae explores the engineering history behind this familiar symbol of summertime quaffing.
A single break in the human spine can shut down the entire spinal system, but a new device from University of Minnesota researchers could present a solution. A guide made of silicone is encased in 3D-printed neuronal stem cells that establish new nerve connections across a spinal break and restore a degree of motor control.
A compliment is always welcome when an employee excels, but managers can show their appreciation in many ways. Owners and experts share 10 of their ideas, including extra time off and expressing gratitude publicly on social media.
Naval and other forces from 25 nations participated in this year's Rim of the Pacific exercise, which concluded last week. It was the 26th such event, the largest of its kind, and its safe completion was a "true testament to the talent and lasting partnerships we built through RIMPACs past and present, and will continue to build for the foreseeable future," said US Vice Adm. John D. Alexander, commander of the US 3rd Fleet, who served as the combined task force commander.
Egyptian forces joined the US Navy and other participants in Eagle Response 18, an explosive ordnance disposal and diving exercise, concluded last week. In particular, the Egyptians demonstrated their "very robust mine countermeasures community, both ships and divers," said Capt. Michael Egan, commodore of US 5th Fleet Task Force 52.
Lockheed Martin Space Systems will produce Trident II D5 missiles under a new $22.3 million contract for the 2019 fiscal year. Lockheed's work on the missiles, which are used by the US nuclear triad and can carry several nuclear warheads, is expected to finish in 2023.
Saab's Sea Giraffe AMB Multi Mode Radar, already in use on a Coast Guard cutter, has been selected by the US Navy for its Expeditionary Sea Base-class ship USNS Hershel "Woody" Williams. The MMR system is a "3D, electronically scanned phased array radar" that offers high power, custom wavelengths and new-age signaling technology.
Austal USA will be providing engineering and management services to support the littoral combat ship USS Tulsa under a $14.8 million order against an earlier contract. The work, which is expected to finish in 2019, will consist of four to five months of engineering and procurement efforts before official transfer to the Navy.