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Team Approach to Determine a Safer Glove

Sometimes in the wake of testing for one thing, something more advanced with greater potential comes along. That is just the case when in the process of testing coal miners’ safety gloves to help reduce lost-time accidents, researchers took it to anoth …

Mobile Technologies Locate Methane Leaks Faster

On trucks, drones and airplanes, 10 promising technologies for finding natural gas leaks swiftly and cheaply competed in the Mobile Monitoring Challenge, the first independent assessment of moving gas leak detectors at well sites. While billed as a “ch …

Air Sampler Detects a Chemical’s Scent

Megan Harries took the idea of scents to the extreme as she measured drops of putrescine and cadaverine — the chemicals that give decomposing bodies their distinctive, terrible odor — into glass vials. She then placed the vials on the floor of a shippi …

Research to Make IoT More Secure

Different University of Washington schools and offices will team to research how to keep the Internet of Things safe and secure. Devices connected to the Internet of Things, now becoming standard components in new buildings, can increase energy perform …

Lasers can Help Understand Explosions

An explosion is a complex event involving quickly changing temperatures, pressures and chemical concentrations. That is why a special type of infrared laser, known as a swept-wavelength external cavity quantum cascade laser (swept-ECQCL), can end up us …

De-Ice Surfaces in Seconds

Airplane wings, wind turbines and indoor heating systems all struggle under the weight and chill of ice. Along those lines, de-icing techniques are energy-intensive, and often require large masses of ice to melt completely in order to work. But that ma …

Website Rates Security of Internet-Connected Devices

A new website can give guidance on security issues behind Internet-connected devices folks may purchase for their homes. Consumer-grade Internet of Things (IoT) devices aren’t exactly known for having tight security practices. To save purchasers from f …

Going Micro for Nuclear Fuel Forensics

Analysis and identification of nuclear fuel pellets in nuclear forensics investigations have mainly focused on macroscopic characteristics, such as fuel pellet dimensions, uranium enrichment and other reactor-specific features. Now it is time to go one …

Methane Detection Protocol for Fracking Sites

A new testing protocol that uses existing, affordable water chemistry tests can help scientists and regulators detect sites showing evidence of new methane gas leaks caused by oil and gas drilling. By taking a testing protocol already created and apply …

Wi-Fi, Accelerometer Measure Speed, Distance

A new technique is in development to be able to measure speed and distance in indoor environments, which could be used to improve navigation technologies for robots or drones. This technique uses a combination of Wi-Fi signals and accelerometer technol …

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 …

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