A team at MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering is tackling the tough task of giving robots tactile sensitivity through machine learning using the popular game Jenga. A robot arm is equipped with a force and torque sensor as well as a camera so it can learn the game by integrating feeling and visual cues.
The STAR Awards recognize those in STEM who are changing lives through their community outreach, work, and research. We encourage you to nominate those you feel represent the best in STEM and embody the SHPE vision. The winners will be announced in August and celebrated in November during the Excellence in STEM Luncheon and the STAR Awards Gala at the SHPE National Convention in Phoenix. Completed nominations are due July 10, 2019. More information.
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South Carolina's Charleston County won't need to erect a $6 billion seawall but instead can adapt in other ways and treat rising seawater as an asset. Besides more tunnels, pumps and flood-resistant housing, what's needed are more natural defenses such as marshes and drainage basins as well as trees and rain gardens.
Powerful storms have taken their toll on the northern end of North Carolina's Ocracoke Island, and the state Transportation Department is proposing a 1,000-foot-long steel wall and groins mixed with concrete blocks to prevent further damage. Quick action is deemed necessary to prevent the parcel from completely washing away.
Sustained and record high water levels in the Great Lakes are challenging homeowners and governments to find shoreline solutions that include barriers in various forms. But some properties may need to be abandoned to the accelerated erosion, and many residents are coming to realize they'll have to find ways to live with a situation they hadn't anticipated.
Grading and earth moving has halted at the future Legoland resort in New York's Town of Goshen, a municipal MS4, after runoff from the site was noted. The construction team and town officials are discussing solutions, and work is expected to resume shortly.
Reefs made of oysters will help mitigate the effects of construction of a deep drainage tunnel system on the western edge of the Ashley River in Charleston, S.C. The Citadel Foundation and the city of Charleston are building the reefs, which will also address issues associated with construction of a pier and boating center for students of The Citadel.
Nonprofits, farm associations and businesses can apply for a total of $500,000 worth of grants offered by Vermont for agricultural programs involving water quality. Ideas should focus on regulatory compliance and agricultural non-point source pollution reduction as well as the viability of farms in the state.
The Environmental Protection Agency declared Colorado's Bonita Peak Mining District a Superfund site in 2016, but a new study says that there's not much immediate risk to human health. However, some risk was identified at four camping sites north of Silverton along the Animas River and three recreational staging areas up Mineral Creek.
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