Archive for November, 2013
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Three universities are launching a multimillion-dollar effort to promote collaborative research into big data and develop new career paths in data science.
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In this week’s episode of This Week in Engineering, hosts Dan Hedges and Vince Penman discuss the launch of MAVEN; the world’s largest tunnel-borer; ink-jet circuit boards; a flying, swimming, driving drone; a learning transistor; and laser holograms.  Read more


11/29

ID-100202753It might be said that the transport industry is at the cutting edge of sustainability. After all, its operating costs are directly linked to the price of energy. And the industry is responsible for 13 percent of all global emissions. So it stands to reason that logistics companies are wise to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to energy consumption, not only to keep expenses down and stay competitive, but also to and win support from environmentally conscious customers.

Deutsche Post DHL, the global logistics giant, issued a white paper called Delivering Tomorrow in which it lists three trends driving sustainability in the logistics industry:

  • Consumers are becoming aware of their market-shaping power. A surprising 59 percent of businesses and 39 percent of consumers surveyed said they would pay more for green (carbon neutral) delivery options over the next ten years.
  • The growing economic value of sustainability has become a key factor in shaping the reputation of a company and its brand. Ninety-one percent of customers would consider changing their purchasing habits in response to learning about a company’s environmentally harmful practices.
  • Investment is key. More efficient vehicles will save money in the long run, but commitment is required to buy them now. The authors recommend investment in infrastructure, the removal of market barriers in the transport sector, and better administrative management of infrastructure, not only to support the seamless flow of goods, but also improve overall capacity. Read more

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Fusing her interest in manufacturing with the goal of getting more women involved in industry, Rebecca Madsen became the first president of a Women in Manufacturing (WiM) collegiate chapter while attending Brigham Young University. She’s now part of the engineering team at Nature’s Sunshine Products and spoke last month at the WiM Summit.
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Once considered cutting-edge technology, hydraulic systems have been on the decline in favor of more precise systems. But advancements in electronics are opening new avenues of capabilities, and causing many to give fluid power a second look.  Read more


11/27
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Just about every branch of the U.S. military has been trying to develop ways to make soldiers’ lives easier through the use of solar power and extended life batteries.

From the Army developing state-of-the-art systems like SWIPES (Soldier Worn Integrated Power Equipment System) and REPPS (Rucksack Enhanced Portable Power System), which Green & Clean Journal wrote about in July, to the Marines’ embrace of alternative and renewable energy sources, the military has implemented changes in just the past few years that are saving lives and making combat forces more efficient.

The latest example is MAPS (Marine Austere Patrolling System). Coming out of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and assembled at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, MAPS combines solar power and a water purifier to help lighten the load of Marines conducting lengthy missions in remote locations with few or no options for resupply.  Read more


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