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4/9/2021

Recent approval for nearly 300 MW of floating wind farms off southern England is seen as a key step in the UK's commitment to develop 1 GW of electricity from offshore wind by 2030. The UK's efforts are part of a global push for commercial development and are considered vital for the UK's commitment to net-zero energy emissions by 2050.

4/9/2021

Corazon Solar, a planned 200 MW solar farm near Laredo, Texas, is advancing with a $62.9 million commitment from the North American Development Bank. The funding comes after Corazon Solar LLC signed a 10-year tax abatement agreement with Webb County.

4/9/2021

Researchers at the University of British Columbia Okanagan are studying the potential of wood-based pulp mill fly ash for use as a cement filler in road construction. Research so far indicates that use of the waste product would yield energy and emission savings while its porousness should mesh well with other materials in cement.

4/9/2021

The National Science Foundation Directorate for Engineering this week debuted a new group composed of engineering community leaders to help identify the most promising types of engineering research for the nation. The American Society of Civil Engineers is as an affiliate partner to this group, called the Engineering Research Visioning Alliance.

SmartTake: This partnership comes as the Biden administration aims to expand the NSF. The R&D community has been vocal in its calls for research to be a critical part of infrastructure development, and it appears the administration is listening. 

4/9/2021

Varian and Google Cloud are working together to boost cancer radiation therapy by building an artificial intelligence-based diagnostic platform. "[W]e have committed ourselves to intelligent cancer care, which seeks to automate routine or repetitive tasks in the radiation oncology workflow through the use of smart algorithms, machine learning and AI," said Corey Zankowski, senior VP of Varian's technology and innovation office.

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4/9/2021

During the war, U.S. industry focused almost entirely on the war effort. In 1941, the last year before the U.S. entered World War II, about 3 million automobiles were manufactured in the U.S. According to the Department of Defense, how many cars were built by American manufacturers during the war?

○ 139,000
○ 13,900
○ 1,390
○ 139

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4/9/2021

Cardea Bio co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer Kiana Aran is providing more information on its SNP-Chip, an improved CRISPR-based gFET system that is capable of identifying single nucleotide polymorphisms in sickle cell disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Details of the research were reported in the journal Nature Biomedical Engineering.

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4/9/2021

Venture capitalists, biotechnology company executives, university faculty and policymakers in the Boston Biotech Working Group are working to increase the number of women on biotech company boards and help female faculty start their own biotech companies. The group's founders have also launched the Future Founder Initiative for women on MIT's faculty, offering entrepreneurship bootcamps, mentored pitch competitions, fellowships at venture capital firms and a commitment by VC firms to make female board representation a priority.

4/8/2021

Applied Systems and Technology Transfer and Marshall University's Robert C. Byrd Institute provided virtual training to help Navy sailors aboard the USS Tulsa learn how to use 3D printing at sea. The sailors were taught computer-aided-design and how to operate 3D printers and Artec precision scanning equipment.

4/8/2021

Raising taxes or going deeply into debt are not the only ways to fund infrastructure projects, as data from physical assets could be attractive to investors, writes Peter Adriaens, director for the Center for Smart Infrastructure Finance. The key is smart city infrastructure to create smart contracts leveraging sensors and connected technology "to deliver insights that will make financing more efficient and to develop the next generation of public-private partnerships."

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