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10/22/2020

Thales' new friend-foe identification system for French frigates uses flat fixed-array active antenna technology instead of a conventional rotating antenna system. The TSA6000 has 360-degree electronic scanning capability and does not have mechanical or rotating parts.

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Thales
10/22/2020

With e-commerce projected to reach $4.5 trillion worldwide by next year, cybercriminals will respond with all the tools at their disposal, including phishing attacks and e-skimmers, which steal personal information from websites. David Lukic of IDstrong.com has a checklist for how buyers and sellers should handle cybersecurity and eventual data breaches.

10/22/2020

Researchers are only able to periodically visit rainforests and other remote areas for monitoring, but now a very slow robot offers a way to provide continuous data. Georgia Tech roboticist Magnus Egerstedt was inspired by the seemingly poorly adapted sloth to develop his robot, which moves in the forest canopy only as necessary to capture sunlight for power as it uses its sensors to track factors such as air quality, temperature and insect and animal activity.

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ASME
10/22/2020

Flexible hydraulic hoses used in situations where steel tubing isn't an option can pose hazards if safeguards are not in place. Alan Hitchcox explores six ways to ensure hose safety, beginning with the use of protective sleeves where repeated contact with machinery and movement present an elevated risk of failure.

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ASME
10/22/2020

A Lake Michigan bluff has been fortified, but not enough to keep a historic pavilion safe at Orchard Beach State Park, so plans have been made to move the structure in December. The 80-year-old, 400-ton limestone and timber structure will be transported to the park's safer day-use area.

10/22/2020

The Environmental Protection Agency's redefinition of the Clean Water Act to exclude many smaller sources of water endangers the very purpose of the act, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's editorial board. The new rules fly in the face of science, and "Congress should act to rectify a policy endangering the health of the nation's waters," the editorial board writes.

10/22/2020

A recent tropical storm and higher-than-normal tides are taking a toll on a parking area at the mouth of the Wailua River along Hawaii's Kuhio Highway. The erosion dates back to last November, with high tides and trade wind swells contributing to the problem, according to Ruby Pap, a coastal land-use extension agent with the University of Hawaii's Sea Grant College Program.

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University of Hawaii
10/22/2020

Los Angeles' stormwater system is failing to capture stormwater as a valuable resource before it becomes polluted, and the new draft MS4 permit reveals no effort to address the problem, writes Corinne Bell. Dozens of groups have stepped forward already to call for more protective measures, and more public comment is being sought through Dec. 7.

10/22/2020

Australia's popular Byron Bay beach has been severely affected by erosion, although emergency dune-stabilization is underway. Recent sand erosion has been the worst in many years, and locals have requested more help from the state government.

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ABC (Australia)
10/21/2020

The Indy Autonomous Challenge, slated for next year, will race autonomous vehicles on the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The challenge allows teams of college engineering students from around the world to compete for a $1 million prize.

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SAE International