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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 …

Road Safety: Automating Traffic Monitoring

ActiveVision applies a combination of advanced computer vision and machine learning capabilities to detect and report actionable traffic condition changes.Source: Southwest Research Institute There is now a machine vision tool that transportation agenc …

Solar Panel Dataset Makes Grids Safe, Reliable

Map of Australia highlighting Perth, Western Australia; Adelaide, South Australia; and Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. Each red marker represents the location of the PV systems within the database. Longitude and latitude are reported in degrees …

Sound Waves with Better Sense of ‘Vision’

Acoustical waves are an alternative medium that may bypass limitations in video. By using a two-dimensional acoustic array with 256 receivers and four ultrasonic transmitters, the researchers were able to gather data related to four different human act …

New Way to Advance Cybersecurity

ARL scientists may have identified a way to improve the cybersecurity of distributed network intrusion detection.Source: U.S. Army Illustration With cybersecurity a top concern for government and private sector alike, and with billions of people affect …

AI Learns to Grow

There is a new framework in development for deep neural networks that allows artificial intelligence (AI) systems to better learn new tasks while “forgetting” less of what it has learned regarding previous tasks. Using the framework means it is possibl …

AI Alert: Helping Robots Remember

Boston Red Sox star outfielder Mookie Betts steps up to the plate on a 3-2 count, studies the pitcher and the situation, gets the go-ahead from third base, tracks the ball’s release, swings … and gets a single up the middle. Just another trip to the …

Cyber Nudge to Change Password

This simple device will nudge people to make a behavioral change to protect their data and privacy.Source: University of Bath Technology used in exercise and lifestyle apps may hold the key to answering how to get people to change the same password the …

Collaboration on National Security, Science

Technologist Don Hanson looks down at the shutter assembly of the Gamma Irradiation Facility at Sandia National Laboratories before it is activated for an experiment. The facility will be used in research made possible under an agreement between Sandia …

Humans Force Technology into Traffic Jams

Humans sometimes just get in the way of technology. That case in point comes into play in an open-road test of adaptive cruise control (ACC) that shows while the feature can make driving easier by continuously adjusting a vehicle’s speed in response to …

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 …

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