Carbon fiber is renowned for its strength and lightness, but some scientists also see its potential for energy storage. Noting the material's high electrochemical capacity when it's engineered with a lower degree of stiffness, researchers at Sweden's Chalmers University of Technology are working to determine whether they can retain that quality while also producing a mechanically robust form of carbon fiber.
Researchers at the University at Buffalo have developed a robot that uses cues from its environment to build structures, a method akin to the way beavers build dams. In testing with debris, the robot uses a 3D camera to assess its surroundings and an arm to pick up and place items.
Sara Goldberg of Louisiana is one of about 5,000 certified prosthetists in the US, and she builds artificial limbs by creating a mold out of plaster and heating plastic for the prosthesis in an oven. She began working with prosthetics eight years ago after leaving the physical therapy field.
The Harry S. Truman carrier strike group wound up a brief stay in Virginia last month and soon will join the largest NATO exercise in two decades. The shortened deployment cycle for the group reflects the Navy's concerted emphasis on agility and unpredictability.
Researchers from Swinburne University of Technology are leading a study of corrosion-resistant coatings on the Royal Australian Navy's HMAS Canberra. "If the coating can double the length of time a ship can be at sea or available to be deployed, before it needs to be docked and cleaned, it could save costs and also increase operational readiness," said government researcher Richard Piola.
Certain internet of things technologies, such as smart sensors that take measurements and process data while monitoring their own condition, exhibit potential for a multibillion-dollar market driven by biomedical, manufacturing and smart city applications, according to Frost & Sullivan. Other types of IoT sensors with vast market potential include advanced driver assistance systems and gesture-recognition systems.
Mindful of the growing ballistic missile threat from North Korea, the South Korean military has opted to acquire ship-based SM-3 interceptors. The anti-ballistic missiles are intended to take down low-flying missiles in the terminal phase.
The Navy's 29th littoral combat ship, a Freedom variant, will be named the USS Beloit for the Wisconsin city and will be built by Lockheed Martin and Marinette Marine. The Navy's 32nd littoral combat ship, an Independence variant, will be named the USS Santa Barbara and will be built by Austal USA.
Capt. Jesse Zimbauer, in command of the nuclear-powered submarine USS Indiana since February 2015, was relieved last week by Cmdr. David Grogan. At the ceremony in Norfolk, Va., Zimbauer was lauded for his expertise, professionalism and leadership.
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