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4/1/2020

A new standard for parachute recovery systems -- a "whole-aircraft parachute" -- aims to help make flying safer and increase survival rates in small aircraft accidents.

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ASTM International
3/31/2020

Massachusetts' MS4 program has granted $200,000 for stormwater management efforts to three coalitions that work with cities in the southeastern portion of the state. "Ultimately, resources from MS4 reduce budgetary demands on our local communities and save taxpayers money," state Sen. Marc Pacheco said.

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Sen. Marc Pacheco
3/31/2020

Mapping and spatial analytics company Esri UK used detailed elevation data and stripped away vegetation and infrastructure to create precise maps of the world's rivers. Esri pulled data from aerial- and satellite-based sensors fed into software to create the maps, which are color-coded to reveal historic paths, tributaries, elevation and other obscure details.

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The Guardian (London)
3/31/2020

The SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 is more easily passed from person to person than SARS-CoV, but features a lower mortality rate, according to a recent study. A direct animal source of the virus has not been determined, but finding the intermediate species will help end the spread of the disease and "prevent future human SARS-related coronavirus epidemics," Miguel Angel Martinez writes.

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ScienceDaily
3/31/2020

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic illustrates the cost of decisions to delay potential uses of automation in factories, according to a GlobalData report. "Had business moved with more alacrity and determination when it had the opportunity, it would now be in a different place," said Principal Analyst David Bicknell, who believes that the crisis may lead to faster adoption of automation in the future.

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Plant Engineering
3/31/2020

Technology companies that provide remote access options are offering free trials as some manufacturers transition toward remote equipment monitoring. "The lesson we have to learn from this is if we are going to be called upon to periodically work remote in some kind of disaster where you have remote operations, they better be robust they better be resilient, and they better be secure," said John Cusimano, aeSolutions' vice president of cybersecurity.

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Plant Engineering
3/31/2020

Self-aware variable-frequency drives are a key asset for predictive maintenance programs, as they attach diagnostic capability directly to the assets being monitored, writes Garron Morris. Self-aware drives are compatible with such equipment as semiconductors, capacitors, switches and fans.

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Smart Industry
3/31/2020

Belgium-based Antleron is working on 4D materials that change shape and function over time as part of its living therapy factory for biomedical solutions. The company is combining 3D printing with artificial intelligence and tissue engineering, says CEO Jan Schrooten.

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ASME
3/31/2020

UK vacuuming giant Dyson needed just 10 days to design a new type of ventilator to serve patients suffering from the coronavirus. Dyson says the portable CoVent device can be manufactured efficiently and can run on battery power if needed.

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The Verge
3/31/2020

Mechanical engineers, medics and the Mercedes Formula One race team needed less than 100 hours to reverse engineer a breathing device that provides a less invasive alternative to ventilators for coronavirus victims. The Continuous Positive Airway Pressure device is now at work in China and Italy and may eventually come to the US.