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8/6/2020

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding is working with Sturgeon Bay, Wis., and the state of Wisconsin to ensure compliance as it prepares to enhance its shipyard equipment and facilities this year. The company will assist its sister shipyard with work on the Navy's first-in-class guided-missile frigate.

8/6/2020

AGC is "closely reviewing" an executive order that may require federal contractors to demonstrate they are not displacing US citizens with workers from the H-1B program, said Brian Turmail, vice president of public affairs. The Aug. 3 edict follows a June 22 order looking to suspend new visas to restrict the number of "foreign nationals" working in the US.

8/6/2020

Canada's Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority plans to help property owners preserve the Ausable River watershed using $132,000 awarded by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Projects would be aimed at curbing sediment flow with cover crops, tree plantings or other methods.

8/6/2020

Illinois-based Great Lakes Dredge & Dock has signed on to provide ongoing beach renourishment on New Jersey's Absecon Island. Sand will be dredged offshore and from the Absecon Inlet and pumped to the beaches, with a start date yet to be determined.

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8/6/2020

Mounting sands are threatening the Federal Navigation Channel in Illinois' Waukegan Harbor, but those sands can be used to replenish narrowing beaches north of Chicago. The US Army Corps of Engineers has developed a dredging plan that would accomplish both purposes.

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8/6/2020

The social enterprise Mountain Hazelnuts in Bhutan is one example of organizations working across Asia to stem erosion caused by overgrazing, deforestation and other factors that threaten local livelihoods. In Bhutan, the organization tracks soil health while working with women and poor farmers to provide saplings and technical assistance.

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Reuters
8/6/2020

Dying ash trees around Ithaca, N.Y., falling victim to an iridescent beetle were put to artistic use by Cornell University architecture professors Leslie Lok and Sasa Zivkovic with the help of a robotic arm previously used to 3D print automotive components. The resulting cabin reflects the natural flow of the wood used, and Lok and Zivkovic say the structure demonstrates great potential for the construction industry using millions of dead ash trees.

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ASME
8/6/2020

Wedge-shaped luminescent solar concentrators, or LSCs, could be easily suspended from the sides of buildings and greatly reduce the amount of energy needed from the grid, according to researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The team has tested LSCs made of transparent plastic coated with photoluminescent particles on the back with solar cells mounted on the larger edge.

8/5/2020

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a cheetah-inspired soft robot that switches between two stable states to run, jump or climb. The robot has pneumatic two-way bending actuators, a 3D-printed flexible "spine" and a pretensioned spring.

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8/5/2020

Airbus-France plans to build a satellite to transport materials drilled on Mars back to Earth as part of a joint US-EU venture in the next decade. David Parker, director of human and robotic exploration at the European Space Agency, says the satellite will serve as "the first interplanetary cargo ship."

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