Biomedical engineers at Duke University have developed a low-cost, portable retinal scanner that could make the technology more accessible to smaller practices and medical centers. Central to the design is a novel spectrometer made with 3D-printed plastic as opposed to standard metal components.
In an ASME Podcast, Trimble's Jordan Lawver discusses how Trimble is building on its pioneering efforts with virtual reality by partnering with Microsoft to incorporate its mixed-reality Hololens. Now the technology is being prepared for in-field use with a hardhat that integrates layover images of drawings at a physical job site.
Proposed wind farms off the Maryland and New Jersey coasts are to be among the first to use GE Renewables' 12MW Haliade-X mega-turbine, according to Danish wind developer Orsted. "By dramatically improving efficiencies for installation services, balance of plant components and operations and maintenance over an offshore wind farm's lifetime, the addition of 12-MW turbines to our projects positions us to further improve the reliability of energy produced by green, offshore wind in the US," said Orsted North American President Thomas Brostrom
University of British Columbia Okanagan engineers have developed a way to use polymers and previously discarded natural stone waste to manufacture environmentally friendly stone composites. "Because the slurry is a waste material, it comes at a lower cost for recycled composite production," says Abbas Milani, a school of engineering professor at UBC Okanagan.
Swift Engineering, a company with roots in Formula racing, has developed the a new type of drone that takes off, flies and lands like a bird. Instead of attempting to "mash together a quadcopter with horizontal flight," engineers opted for a broad-wing design without some of the traditional mechanisms used to transition between vertical and horizontal flight, said Andrew Streett, Swift's vice president of technology and chief scientist.
A report by think tank RethinkX suggests that animal proteins produced through precision fermentation will make these proteins five times cheaper by 2030 and 10-fold cheaper by 2035 compared to the cost of traditional animal protein, which could result in the collapse of the US cattle and dairy industry. There is a surge of new startups developing various types of engineered microorganisms that are revolutionizing the food industry through the creation of products such as plant-based meats, egg proteins, collagen, gelatin and even milk proteins.
Projected engineering jobs are likely to go wanting for qualified talent over the next few years, putting a premium on retaining the engineers employers already have. Randstad Engineering's Angie Keller reviews three retention strategies, focusing on providing opportunities for upskilling, adding benefits and staying competitive with pay.
The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Montgomery is on duty in the Western Pacific, demonstrating its ability to extend the Navy's reach in the region. A new support center at Changi Naval Base in Singapore is maintaining the ship.
Hellfire missiles and a .50-caliber machine gun extend the capabilities of an unmanned surface vessel designed to work with littoral combat ships to hunt mines. Textron Systems showcased the proof-of-concept surface-warfare mission package at Modern Day Marine 2019, saying the system is designed to operate autonomously to identify and act against potential targets.
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