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11/14/2017

MIT's D-Lab teamed with Mercy Corps to develop a toolkit that allows organizations to gauge the energy needs of off-grid communities and identify market-based solutions. The modular kit includes visualization tools, surveys and interview guides for culling relevant information from local businesses and residents as well as governing officials and others.

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Mercy Corps, MIT
11/14/2017

With regulatory approval clearing the way, GE Lifesciences and the Canadian government are looking to the future commercialization of CAR-T and cellular therapies with a new innovation hub. The company and government each invested $15.7 million in the facility, which focuses on therapies that recruit a patient's own immune system to find and permanently destroy disease-causing aberrations at the cellular level.

11/13/2017

Hundreds of dams could fail during a catastrophic flood in Texas, because dam safety standards in the state are lower than in other states, according to this analysis. Many residents don't know about dam safety in their area due to restrictions on information after 9/11.

11/13/2017

Ford is providing some physical stress relief for its workers with a test run of exoskeletons from Ekso. The vestlike devices are designed in particular to reduce strain from overhead and repetitive tasks, thus reducing the incidence of injuries.

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Gizmodo Australia
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exoskeletons, Ford, physical stress
11/13/2017

The Maryland Department of Transportation is studying suggested routes for a proposed maglev rail line between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., that could cost as much as $12 billion. One option would run the line underneath several prominent neighborhoods, but the department declined to comment on any neighborhood effects, saying "we are far too early on the process."

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The Baltimore Sun
11/13/2017

3D printing can now join soft lithography and hot embossing as a means of fabricating microdevices. Researchers at Brigham Young University scored a breakthrough in the field with a customized printer and special resin to produce a lab-on-a-chip at truly microfluidic scale.

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Brigham Young University
11/10/2017

Teaching online graduate students around the world about artificial intelligence proved quite taxing for the Georgia Institute of Technology's Ashok Goel, who had to field student queries round the clock. So he called on artificial intelligence as a teaching assistant to help solve the problem in the form of IBM's Watson, whose tireless robot responses could be transmitted in minutes rather than hours.

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11/10/2017

Electric power for vehicles has been scaled up by a Daimler unit to the point it can carry 81 kids 100 miles or more on a single charge. Thomas Built Buses' new Jouley electric school bus is powered by a 160-kWh battery and can accommodate additional battery packs for extended range, thus dispensing with the diesel and its fumes.

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New Atlas
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Thomas Built Buses
11/9/2017

The littoral combat ship USS Coronado has wound up 14 months in Southeast Asia that saw drills with 16 regional navies and 10 port visits. The deployment was part of the Navy's rotational series for LCS vessels in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, considered a key region of US maritime influence.

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LCS, Navy
11/9/2017

Bioengineered spider silk hydrogels that runs through a 3D printer shows promise as an effective base for restoring damaged human heart tissue. Work by a research team at Germany's University of Bayreuth demonstrates that a layer of the silk promotes growth in heart muscle cells while cardiomyocytes multiply and communicate correctly cell to cell.