The New College Institute in Martinsville, Va., will serve as the home of the Mid-Atlantic Wind Training Alliance, which includes the Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy and Centura College. NCI plans to begin adding wind technician training classes next year.
A team at the University of California at San Diego has developed a soft, tiny, sock-shaped robot that uses hydraulics to unravel from its tip and travel through the human body, tracked by external sensors that pick up on a magnet at the robot's end. The robot offers a key advantage over catheters in that no external force is required.
Solar power is making significant gains with the application of new technologies. An ASME video explores advances with solar-lit roadways, cells incorporated in fabrics, solar arrays that can float on water surfaces and even solar cells that can generate power at night.
Scientists have embedded perovskites in a novel window glass that can change color, block unwanted internal heating and generate power at the same time. The technology, developed by a team at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, can trigger a 7-second color change at as little as 95 degrees Fahrenheit.
Engineers at Purdue University have demonstrated a microrobot that can tumble through a live animal colon to deliver drugs to a target site. An external magnetic field controls the wirelessly powered robot.
In the 1960s, the British and French governments came together to build a supersonic liner, which began flying in 1969 and entered commercial service in 1976. It had a maximum speed over twice the speed of sound, at Mach 2.04, with seating for 92 to 128 passengers. What was this liner called?
|A. Tupolev TU-144|
A new compound of carbon, hydrogen and sulfur has achieved electrical superconductivity at temperatures as high as 59 degrees Fahrenheit, thus avoiding bulky cryogenics. The development by an engineering team at the University of Rochester holds immediate promise for a wide range of uses, including magnetic levitation trains.
A new Congressional Budget Office report estimates the cost of procuring the lead ship in the Navy's next-generation frigate class would be 40% higher than the service projected. "Although the Navy has argued that major parts of the FFG(X)'s estimated cost are known quantities because it is familiar with so much of the ship's combat systems, weapons, and power systems ... the same was also true for the Arleigh Burke when it was designed and built," the report says.
The Navy's Combat Systems Engineering Development Site in Moorestown, N.J., has taken delivery of an AN/SPY-6(V)1 Air and Missile Defense Radar System. The system will undergo trials for integration with new SPY-6 operations and will ultimately be installed on New Construction Flight III Destroyers.
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