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8/3/2020

Xenex's disinfection robots have been redeployed to many areas of hospitals to kill off the coronavirus with ultraviolet light. Chief Scientific Officer Mark Stibich explains how the robots automate the disinfection process for a more complete result.

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ASME
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Xenex
8/3/2020

Energy used by Americans fell in April to the lowest level in more than three decades, according to the Energy Information Administration. Usage declined 14% compared with April 2019 amid an economic lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Associated Press
8/3/2020

Lenders are increasingly interested in backing floating offshore wind technology and, while no projects have arranged non-recourse financing, "the market is becoming ready for it," says Clement Weber of Green Giraffe. "[T]he financing of WindFloat Atlantic and Kincardine are opening the way to non-recourse debt for future projects," Weber says.

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Greentech Media
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WindFloat Atlantic
8/3/2020

Oscar Barton Jr. rose from neighborhoods in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., with the help of a father who had experienced harsh discrimination in the Deep South but helped his son achieve a higher education. Today, Oscar Barton Jr. is renowned as the first Black engineer to become a tenured professor at the Naval Academy and is fondly recognized among midshipmen passing through the academy's Division of Engineering and Weapons as a role model over 22 years of instruction and mentoring.

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Black Engineer online
7/31/2020

An orthodontic-like device with a maneuverable magnetic piece allows wearers to use their tongues to interact with their screen devices. The [in]brace, developed by designer Dorothee Clasen, links to a Wi-Fi module worn behind the ear that relays data to connected devices.

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DesignBoom
7/31/2020

MIT researchers are using in vitro experimentation and microfluidics to find ways to prevent the potentially dangerous clogging of catheters in brain shunts implanted to divert cerebrospinal fluid. The research examines the interaction between mechanical principles and human cell responses with the aim of designing new pathways for the shunts.

7/31/2020

Tiny robots engineered at the University of Michigan use the principles of origami to form one shape to execute a given task and then take on another form for a separate task. The robots can fold as much as 90 degrees and form more complex angles for greater capabilities.

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University of Michigan
7/30/2020

A Department of Energy report outlines a proposed national quantum internet, which would use the power of quantum entanglement to deliver data rapidly and far more securely than is now possible. The technology could lead to development of highly precise sensors for traffic management and optimized transportation routing.

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Smart Cities Dive
7/30/2020

Additive manufacturing is moving closer to mass production in automotive plants, with Volkswagen crash-testing 3D-printed body parts and hoping to use such parts in cars by 2023. 3D printing is already proving useful for auto racing, where powdered materials allow for superalloy creation in ways that weren't possible, says Brad Keselowski, NASCAR driver and Keselowski Advanced Manufacturing owner.

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Volkswagen
7/30/2020

A sixth Advanced Weapons Elevator on the USS Gerald R. Ford has earned naval certification. The elevator conveys artillery from the Ford's forward magazine to the flight deck.

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