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2/27/2017

Multitasking has gotten a bad name, but Steven Sweldens argues that it's a real thing, possible when in a state of mind called "in the zone." "Opposition to multitasking is largely based on the assumption that the concentration and self-discipline required to get things done are limited resources," he says.

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2/27/2017

A clear skin of ethylene tetrafluoroethylene that is 100 times lighter than glass is the key to shedding the needed tonnage to make an expandable building possible in New York City's Hudson Yards development. The Shed structure, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, more than doubles the climate-controlled space for the cultural center during foul weather.

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2/27/2017

New drones from DJI are built to fly in the rain and subzero temperatures, with waterproofing and a heating system that preserves battery power and keeps sensors functioning. The hefty 8.4-pound Matrice 200 series also offers greater stability in windy conditions as well as redundant sensor units, up to 38 minutes of flight time and an optional built-in real-time kinetic system for centimeter-accurate positioning.

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2/24/2017

Mechanical engineer Steven Humble used to design medical devices but was frustrated that his ideas led to wealth for the business owner instead of him, so he started his own business and earned $1.2 million in revenue last year. As a child, he was obsessed with hidden doors and now makes them for real people, cloaking them in "full-length mirrors, fireplaces, brick walls or ... things you might not expect to find in a home, like fake telephone booths."

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2/24/2017

The small gaps between neurons in the human brain that allow information to be both processed and stored with great efficiency are the key to the brain's amazing power, and now researchers at Stanford have managed to duplicate that structure with an organic artificial synapse. The device consists of two thin films and three terminals separated by a salty-water transmission medium, incorporating properties of a battery and working like a transistor.

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2/23/2017

Although rainfall came up short of average, West Coast beach erosion in the winter of 2015-16 was by far the worst in 145 years, per the US Geological Survey. Erosion was 76% greater than normal despite El Nino.

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2/23/2017

Louisiana's coastline will remain a high priority for funding even as the state faces a budget crunch, Gov. John Bel Edwards pledged at a summit on coastal erosion. Edwards emphasized the attendant benefits of restoring wetlands and reviving industry in coastal areas.

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2/23/2017

Large-scale attrition in the Naval Sea Systems Command's engineering directorate since 1990 will be addressed to prevent problems such as those experienced with ship classes including the littoral combat ship and the Zumwalt guided-missile destroyer, said Vice Adm. Tom Moore, commander of NAVSEA. The goal is a more hands-on engineering approach that provides more than a wish list of features that the Navy merely trusts industries to provide, Moore said.

2/23/2017

Dredged mud and sand may be just the ticket to address coastal erosion, Congress and the Army Corps of Engineers hope. The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act calls for the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct 10 pilots to see if using sediment works.

2/23/2017

The tiny, complex helical structure of fibers in the shells of beetles, which are light but highly protective, is difficult to analyze but possibly the source of valuable clues that would allow the engineering of lighter and stronger materials for human use. Now Ruiguo Yang, assistant professor of mechanical and materials engineering at the University of Nebraska, has achieved a deeper insight by slicing the nanoscale helical twists to test their mechanical properties under the view of an atomic microscope.

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