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Optical Array Advances Visual ID

A new portable technology can now be used to help identify individuals in challenging outdoor conditions. This advanced optical array developed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory was just licensed by IDEMIA Identity & Secur …

Robots: Human-Machine Interaction

There is a future concept out there that says humans are comfortable with robots who have humanoid features, but become very uncomfortable when the robot looks almost, but not exactly like a human. For Dr. Nathan Tenhundfeld, however, that concept is j …

Electronic Seals to Secure Containers

Every single day, thousands of containers travel the globe and security professionals need to ensure the cargo that originally was shipped in them is what remains in them when they reach their destination. Harmful or illegal content, added after the ca …

Continuous Nuke Remote Monitoring Possible

Technology to measure the flow of subatomic particles known as antineutrinos from nuclear reactors could allow continuous remote monitoring designed to detect fueling changes that might indicate the diversion of nuclear materials. The monitoring could …

Robotic Laser Measurement System

A new robotic measuring system is in development that is capable of accurately and repeatedly measuring large objects on a production line, such as car body-shells, in a fraction of the time traditionally taken to measure them on co-ordinate measuring …

Camera Expands Visibility Around Corners

David Lindell donned a high visibility tracksuit and got to work, stretching, pacing and hopping across an empty room. Through a camera aimed away from Lindell, at what appeared to be a blank wall, his colleagues could watch his every move. That’s beca …

Hacking Connected Cars to Snarl City Traffic

Here you are just seven short years from now and you are in rush hour when your self-driving car shuts down right where it blocks traffic. You climb out to see gridlock down every street in view, then a news alert on your watch informs you hackers have …

Cyber Agility Framework Developed

UTSA developed a framework to measure the evolution of cyber attacks.Photo: Courtesy of UTSA For over a year, GozNym, a gang of five Russian cyber criminals, stole login credentials and emptied bank accounts from unaware Americans. In an effort to dete …

Automating Controller for Hybrid Drones

Hybrid unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, are drones that combine the advantages of multi-copters and fixed-wing planes. These drones are equipped to vertically take off and land like multi-copters, yet also have the strong aerodynamic performance and …

‘Smart’ Textiles Boost Device Connectivity

Creators of ‘smart’ textiles from left, PhD student Xi Tian, Research Fellow Dr Pui Mun Lee and Assistant Professor John Ho, together with seven NUS researchers, took a year to develop the conductive clothing.Source: National University of Singapore On …

Testing for Smokestack Emissions Sensor

NIST’s Joey Boyd (left) and Aaron Johnson conducting a test of the new sensors at a power plant. The platform, which gives them access to the smokestack, is about 45 meters above the ground.Source: Tom Martz/EPRI There is now a new and improved way to …

Low-Tech ‘Smart’ Glass

Researchers: Zongfu Yu (left), Ang Chen (center) and Efram Khoram (right) developed the concept for a “smart” piece of glass that recognizes images without any external power or circuits.Photo by Sam Million-Weaver Sophisticated technology that powers …

X-Wing RoboBee Takes Flight

Robobee takes flight for the first time after making some changes, including an additional pair of wings and improvements to the actuators and transmission ratio, which made the vehicle more efficient and allowed the addition of solar cells and an elec …

AI Helps Predict Lightning, Thunder

Christian Schön, left, and Professor Jens Dittrich from Saarland University developed software that predicts thunderstorms with the help of artificial intelligence.Source: Oliver Dietze Lightning strikes continue to be a major issue at manufacturing fa …

AI Making Electric Grid Smarter

Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory are working on optimization models that use machine learning, a form of artificial intelligence, to simulate the electric system and the severity of various problems.Source: Image by urbans/Shutterstock.com Ho …

Enhancing Security in PoS Blockchain Protocols

Multiplicative Weights UpdatesSource: SUTD Blockchain technology is one of the top disruptive technologies of today helping to drive the fourth industrial revolution. A blockchain, designed to be resistant to the modification of its data, offers securi …

High Fidelity Means Safer, Faster Nukes

Temperature distribution in wire-wrapped pin bundle shows hot spots near the wire-wrap contact with the solid pin.Source: Credit: Yiqi Yu, Argonne National Laboratory Nuclear reactors need to be designed to ensure materials aren’t overheated, and histo …

Learning to Stop Oil Pipeline Corrosion

Sandia National Laboratories researcher Katherine Jungjohann, principal investigator and lead microscopist for a study that pinpointed a major cause of corrosion in pipelines, looks for corrosion with a new transmission electron microscope at the Cente …

Working to Make Smart Meters Hackproof

Smart electricity meters allow energy utilities to efficiently track energy use and allocate energy production, but because they’re connected to a grid, they can also serve as back doors for hackers. However, there is an automated program in developmen …

Standardizing Driver Distraction Monitors

Effects in different simulated lighting conditions.Source: IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica (JAS) There is now a standardized method of evaluating commercially available driver-monitoring systems. Driver distraction is defined as any activity that …

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