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5/16/2019

The Fleet Maintenance & Modernization Symposium (FMMS) will take place August 7-9 at the San Diego Convention Center. We have just confirmed that RADM Lorin Selby, USN; NAVSEA Deputy Commander for Ship Design, Integration and Engineering (SEA 05) is delivering a keynote address on Friday morning, August 9th from 8-9 a.m. Register today to save your seat! This is a speaker you will NOT want to miss.

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5/16/2019

Jeffrey Byard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's associate administrator for response and recovery, has been nominated to head the agency. If confirmed, Byard would succeed Brock Long, who stepped down in February.

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The Hill
5/16/2019

South Carolina's wealthy coastal DeBordieu Colony would be allowed to circumvent a ban and rebuild a protective seawall under legislation passed by the state Legislature. The governor still must sign the bill, which environmentalists fear would eventually open the way for other hard barriers against rising seas.

5/16/2019

A new composite made of chicken feathers makes the Earth Traveler T300 camper trailer lightweight. The camper uses a fabric made of chicken feathers set in resin that's nearly as strong and light as carbon fiber alternatives but much less costly, allowing for a spacious camper that can be easily towed.

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New Atlas
5/16/2019

Girls are more likely to show interest in STEM if they have role models with such careers, a concept that the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media confirmed in a 2018 study that found two-thirds of women in STEM careers saw Dana Scully from "X-Files" as a role model. Another study by the institute found there are more male STEM characters in television and movies than female STEM characters.

5/16/2019

A collection of devices and machines used in the engineering laboratory developed at Cornell University by ASME’s first president, Robert Henry Thurston, was recently recognized by ASME for its historical significance. The collection of laboratory artifacts was designated as an ASME Mechanical Engineering Heritage Collection at a ceremony held on May 3 in Ithaca, N.Y.

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5/15/2019

An international research team has found a way to turn carbon dioxide into solid rock in just a few years. The process entails injecting liquified CO2 into deeply buried basalt rock, where it fills cavities and begins to mineralize.

5/15/2019

There is still time to submit a presentation-only abstract for the ASME 2019 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE) -- ASME's largest research and development conference focused primarily on mechanical engineering but also encompassing perspectives from many engineering disciplines. The deadline to submit a presentation-only abstract (for an oral or poster presentation at IMECE) is July 22.

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5/14/2019

Coral reefs offer more than $1.8 billion worth of flood protection to the US each year, writes Michael Beck, co-author of a report that measures reefs' economic impact. These benefits help make the case that federal agencies, insurers and disaster-recovery funds should recognize the importance of protecting coral reefs, he argues.

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5/14/2019

Ontario's Point Pelee and Hillman Marsh shorelines are losing sand and clay to storms on Lake Erie, with more than 5 feet of loss annually, said Tim Byrne of the Essex Region Conservation Authority. Such clay loss cannot be recovered, he said.