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11/15/2019

Robotic process automation, or RPA, is helping companies automate rules-based, repetitive tasks to allow engineers to focus on more vital and challenging tasks. However, there are not many discrete processes that adhere to a defined set of rules, and the ones that do often don't yield a substantive ROI, notes consultant Bill Cline.

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11/15/2019

Researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute are developing a flexible, wireless and inexpensive wearable device that measures a baby's blood oxygen levels and notifies medical professionals if those levels begin to drop. Project leader Ulkuhan Guler is also working on a chip that will eventually serve as the wearable device's heart.

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EurekAlert!
11/15/2019

A team from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute used a deep neural network to overcome the challenges traditionally posed by fluorescence lifetime imaging of tissues and cells. “We are providing tools that are going to be far more amenable for the end users, meaning the biologists, but also the surgeon,” said lead researcher Xavier Intes.

11/15/2019

Some students struggle when their schools focus more on coming up with the correct answers than on exploring possibilities and asking interesting questions, writes David Denis. When he transferred to P-Tech, a public-private partnership in Brooklyn that offers high school grades and two years of college with an emphasis on STEM subjects, Denis learned how to solve problems using hands-on, practical skills that prepared him for a career in tech.

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The Hechinger Report
11/14/2019

US and Japanese naval forces launched their annual maritime field exercise off the Japanese coast. Activities will include air, surface and subsurface operations.

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Naval Technology
11/14/2019

A keel-laying ceremony last week marked the start of construction on the Navy's first Arleigh Burke-class Flight III destroyer, the USS Jack H. Lucas. The Flight III configuration includes the new SPY-6 radar system and Aegis Baseline 10.

11/14/2019

Parsons will be providing advanced video activity analytics for the Navy's cyberspace operations under a task order with a base value of $293.8 million. The three-year deal includes two 24-month option periods that could raise the total value to $710.98 million.

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Naval Technology
11/14/2019

General Dynamics has completed its design for the Navy's new Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine and expects to kick off construction by the end of next year, chairwoman and CEO Phebe Novakovic said. The company's Electric Boat division is expected to team up with with Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding division to produce a fleet of 12 nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines.

11/14/2019

Serco has secured a $43 million contract to support the development of the Navy's next multimission Small Surface Combatant. The company will assist the Navy with technical design, network architecture, cybersecurity, system integration and logistics.

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11/14/2019

The Navy says it has completed electrical repairs to the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman and is preparing the vessel for deployment. The Navy said the issue was confined to the Truman and affected no other carriers in the Nimitz class.

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