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4/15/2021

Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin plan to go into the sea to find deposits of sunken sand as a resource to restore the state's badly eroded beaches. The sand is believed to have been left by old rivers that fed the Gulf of Mexico when sea levels were much lower.

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University of Texas
4/15/2021

Public comment is being sought for projects meant to address pollution caused by PCB contamination along 80 miles of Michigan's Kalamazoo River. Cleanup efforts would use $27 million from a settlement over the damage and may include dam removals, improvements to riparian areas and habitat restoration.

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4/14/2021

A new report from the Brookings Institution argues the nation must create a more coordinated vision as it rebuilds its infrastructure. The report lays out a three-part framework across four forces of change to guide federal policy that blends public infrastructure investment and markets.

SmartTake: Check out the appendix (conveniently listed at the top) for a chart of ways officials can better measure, modernize and innovate.

4/14/2021

Atos, Dassault Systemes, Groupe Renault, STMicroelectronics and Thales have joined forces to create an ecosystem for innovation in intelligent mobility known as the Software Republique. The companies will collaborate on vehicle connectivity systems, data systems to manage traffic flows and energy ecosystems with the aim of achieving more sustainable mobility.

4/14/2021

Three agencies are combining their efforts in a bid to curb sewer overflows into the Rouge River in the metropolitan Detroit area. The original plan involved building a costly wet-weather storage tank, but the regional partnership has opened the door to a less expensive sewer separation project.

4/14/2021

Carbon-intensive blocks are often used to curb erosion along Bangladesh's Padma River. But students in the Civil Engineering Department of the Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology are proposing a more sustainable alternative in the form of geopolymer concrete blocks made from an assortment of industrial, construction and demolition waste.

4/14/2021

Researchers at the University of British Columbia Okanagan have developed a microwave sensor that uses magnetic fields to detect changes in a substance's permittivity. The technology's ability to indicate exactly when water turns to ice could help improve efforts to deice wind turbines and airplane wings.

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ASME
4/14/2021

Michelin is expanding its line of tires to include ones made specifically for electric vehicles, which weigh more and have higher torque than gas-powered cars. The new line of "low-rolling-resistance" tires, which will improve the range of EVs.

4/14/2021

Only 34% of Black students and 43% of Hispanic students that enroll in college STEM programs earn a degree, according to research from the University of Texas at Austin and Florida International University. Students say research opportunities, financial aid and more inclusive environments are key to STEM retention.

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The Hechinger Report
4/13/2021

This was the first major dam in the United States constructed of roller-compacted concrete.

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