Work is underway on hull structures for the Navy's Orca extra-large unmanned undersea vehicle at Huntington Ingalls Industries' new Hampton, Va., drone facility. Boeing holds the overarching contract for the 51-foot Orca, which is designed to carry out a variety of missions operating independently over a range of 6,500 nautical miles.
What type of vehicle you drive makes a huge difference in fuel economy, but so can speed. That's according to a new fuel economy calculator from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which compares different types of vehicles -- including trucks, SUVs and sedans -- driven at different speeds.
Researchers at Columbia University have developed a nanomaterial in which the absorption of a single photon can induce an avalanching effect, releasing cascades of photons. The discovery could lead to ways to detect the presence of coronavirus.
A far more powerful Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory has taken a step forward with the first successful assembly of a module of powerful magnets. Two hundred modules must ultimately be assembled to focus electrons circling the APS and create beamline X-rays as much as 500 times brighter than currently possible.
The USDA has set Jan. 22 as the final day for Michigan farmers and forest owners to apply for conservation aid, including funds meant to prevent erosion and improve water quality. Funding will be allocated on a competitive basis.
A stormwater pond may form the centerpiece of a new park in Marin City, Calif., and help relieve periodic flooding. A community group and the National Audubon Society want to rehabilitate the pond for flood control, building new tide gates, culverts and a 700-foot wall to shield the pond from Highway 101.
The Delmont Council in Pennsylvania has approved a $75,500 contract to improve a detention pond as required under the town's MS4 permit. Funding comes out of a $114,500 grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection, and the council will consider whether the remainder can be used for other measures to curb pollution.
India's coastal village of Kattoor will be protected from erosion by thirty-four groynes extending two miles. Work is expected to begin soon, with the finished groynes expected to protect 49 acres and directly benefit 160 families.
Collaborative robots that work safely beside human employees and autonomous drones performing a variety of missions are two forms of industrial robotics likely to make significant inroads this year. Mark Crawford reviews these and four other robotic types to watch.
Ambarella introduced an artificial intelligence processor chip capable of 8K image processing for cameras on vehicles and drones, among other uses. Announced at this week's CES, the system could improve in-vehicle safety features, such as driver monitoring, and advanced driver assistance systems.