A Chinese study used a computational process of soil water content and runoff prediction combining an analytical solution with numerical approaches to produce a flow model of unsaturated soils. Using three cases of rainfall intensity, the model yielded good agreement with both experimental results and other infiltration solutions.
Cryogenic electron microscopy for observing the atomic-level workings of human cells and other applications is becoming more appealing to scientists and bio-engineers seeking to delve ever deeper into these tiny mysteries. New federal funding is set to advance the field by spreading it to more users.
Continuing education is a near-must for engineers beyond their degrees. PDHengineer.com founder Edward Brunet Jr. recommends taking into account the size of the company you're working for and considering courses in management, legal issues and contracts.
Virgin Galactic spinoff Virgin Orbit is laying plans to launch satellites from a modified Boeing 747-400. The satellites would be boosted into orbit by rockets dropped from the plane's wing, and if the three-year plan plays out as expected, it would help make the UK a leader in space launching.
A device powered by the sunlight in the desert is designed to extract water from the air. MIT researchers are working on the potable water solution using organic, three-dimensional frameworks built of metallic clusters that capture airborne water, much like a sponge.
A near-infrared laser is the key to a new method to accurately target cancer cells in the body. Georgia Tech researchers say the device can be used to activate cancer-fighting T-cells precisely where they're needed.
Xingang Zhao, graduate student at MIT's Nuclear Science and Engineering department, is researching ways to prevent boiling crises at nuclear plants without reducing efficiency. "Being able to provide more power without compromising safety and increasing costs makes nuclear energy more competitive," Zhao says.
Subatomic particles known as neutrinos travel in a straight line from their cataclysmic origins and don't interact with other particles, making them extremely difficult to detect. Now a neutrino observatory in Antarctica has detected a particular neutrino, and with the help of NASA's Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope, has succeeded in tracing the particle's origin to a blazar 3.7 billion years ago.
The USS Mustin and USS Benfold sailed through the Taiwan Strait over the weekend, a transit that's normally routine but has become sensitive because of tensions between China and the US involving trade and the status of Taiwan.
The USS Kearsarge and its Amphibious Ready Group have completed the Navy's first ARG Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training exercise along the East Coast. The exercise, which ended June 28, "provided us with the first opportunity for the ARG ships to operate as a warfighting team," preparing the group "for the upcoming integrated training phase," said Capt. Daniel Blackburn, commodore of Amphibious Squadron 6.