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Automating a Fleet of Drones

Borzoo Bonakdarpour is working on ways to improve efficiency and maintain security when operating a fleet of drones.Source: Iowa State University College Drones are becoming more popular as a safety and security tool to locate missing workers and inves …

Snake Robot SSSSSSpeedier than Earlier Version

The robot is made using kirigami, a Japanese paper craft that relies on cuts to change the properties of a material. As the robot stretches, the kirigami surface “pops up” into a 3D-textured surface, which grips the ground just like snake skin.Source: …

Catalyst Decomposes Nerve Agents

The Brookhaven and Stony Brook researchers at NSLS-II’s X-ray Powder Diffraction beamline. Pictured from left to right are Anatoly Frenkel, Amani Ebrahim, Anna Plonka, Yiyao Tian, Sanjit Ghose, and Sanjaya Senanayake.Source: Brookhaven National Laborat …

Cloaking Grid Data in Cloud

To take advantage of the cloud’s flexible computing power without exposing proprietary or location information, the Argonne team essentially warps, or “perturbs,” the model and data being sent for calculations, changing key variables and equations. A d …

AI can Accelerate Safer Fusion Energy

Depiction of fusion research on a doughnut-shaped tokamak enhanced by artificial intelligence.Source: Eliot Feibush/PPPL and Julian Kates-Harbeck/Harvard University Artificial intelligence (AI) could now speed the development of safe, clean and virtual …

Blockchain to Halt Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals

There is a new process in development that may prevent counterfeit pharmaceuticals from flooding the market – and it all has to do with blockchain. The new approach relies on blockchain to record transactions in a new more secure way that would help cu …

New Way to Boost Cybersecurity

ARL scientists may have identified a way to improve the cybersecurity of distributed network intrusion detection.Source: U.S. Army Illustration With cybersecurity one of the nation’s top concerns and billions of people affected by breaches last year, g …

Working to Cut Harmful Chemicals in Dust

Dust that settles throughout homes and offices almost always contains bits of chemicals that can cause problems for the human endocrine system. But those tiny microbes we track into buildings — the microscopic bacteria and other microorganisms that th …

Looking to Secure Blockchain

Cryptocurrency, or digital currency, first hit the scene in in 2009 by Bitcoin, and the market has since expanded to include other brands such as Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin and Zcash. Because it is based on unique blockchain technology, a decentralized …

Multiple Uses for Ultra-Sensitive Heat Sensor

Research fellow Dan Zhao with the printable ultra-sensative sensor.Source: Peter Holgersson An ultra-sensitive heat sensor is in development that is flexible, transparent and printable and could have potential for a wide range of applications – from el …

Plan to Clean Fracking Wastewater

There is now a new plan in development to create a freshwater recovery system to extract clean irrigation water from hydraulic fracturing wastewater. The reclaimed water could help dry western states that need water for crops and livestock, said resear …

Cleaning, Purifying Produced Water

A new Purdue University process uses activated charcoal foam and subjects it to solar light to produce heat and purify produced water.Source: Purdue University/Ashreet Mishra About 2.5 billion gallons of produced water, a byproduct from the oil refiner …

New Way to Measure for Radioactive Methane

In his research, Juho Karhu utilized an optical frequency comb and an optical parametric oscillator.Source: Anu Vallinkoski There is now a process in development to create a precise measuring device to discover radioactive methane. The new method is an …

Super Smart Sensor Inspired by Nature

A new sensing system based on a new type of ink and origami is capable of identifying and distinguishing different stimuli. “Today, there is significant demand for multi-purpose sensing systems for specific purposes,” said Professor Hossam Haick of Tec …

For First Responders, Just Say WAMS

From rushing into burning buildings to descending far underground, first responders put themselves at risk to save those in need. The catch is, though, oftentimes their only connection to the outside world during these rescue missions is their command …

Model can Improve Oil Spill Forecasts

Researchers are learning from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, above, to better predict oil spills that could possibly occur in the future. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010 was the largest oil spill in history, estimated to have pumped more than …

Looking to Hike Lithium Battery Life, Safety

A reactive polymer composite, picturing the electrochemical interface between lithium metal anode and electrolyte is stabilized by the use of a reactive polymer composite, enabling high-performance rechargeable lithium metal batteries.Source: Donghai W …

Looking to End Power Grid Failures

Nilanjan Ray Chaudhuri, Penn State assistant professor in electrical engineering, and Sai Gopal Vennelaganti, Ph.D. student in electrical engineering.Credit: Penn State Nilanjan Ray Chaudhuri knows anyone who has experienced an extended power outage un …

Reactor-Liner Alloy brings Strength, Resilience

Osman El Atwani (left) and Enrique Martinez at the transmission electron microscope.Source: Los Alamos National Laboratory A new tungsten-based alloy can withstand unprecedented amounts of radiation without damage. Essential for extreme irradiation env …

Securing Electric Substations

Georgia Tech researchers from left Tohid Shekari, Raheem Beyah, Morris Cohen, and Lukas Graber shown at a substation that is part of the electrical grid.Source: Christopher Moore, Georgia Tech Side channel signals and bolts of lightning from distant st …

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