A smartphone-connected face mask equipped with a sensor that detects COVID-19 particles designed by a Romanian engineer won the top prize at a contest from MIT Media Lab, the Calvert Journal reported.
The MIT’s pandemic response lab launched this contest asking engineers and designers to come up with creative responses that reimagine face coverings and personal protective equipment.
The “social mask” – as called by his creator – is a minimalist and transparent mask featuring a biosensor that can connect to a smartphone, “a real option for the future,” said the award-winning designer, Burzo Ciprian.
Thanks to an app directly connected to the hi-tech mask, users would be able to detect the number of COVID-19 particles around them and to estimate their risk of infection, as well as localising other users of the device around them, according to the Calvert Journal.
Big Sioux River Flood Information System project Receives Praise
RAPID CITY, S.D. (PRWEB) December 03, 2020
When RESPEC provided the state of South Dakota with the Big Sioux River Flood Information System (BSRFIS), we did not expect to win an award. We did what we always do: focused on the client’s needs, community improvement, and the residents’ safety. The BSRFIS advanced through local and state award stages to receive a national Engineering Excellence Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).
In 2014, a flood revealed shortcomings in available data and modeling that prevented state and local authorities from responding appropriately. The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (SD DENR) realized the need for a predictive model and comprehensive flood-mapping system.
RESPEC led the team that created the BSRFIS. We designed the BSRFIS so that observed and forecasted meteorological data fed into a basin-wide hydrologic model. When
JT Mulvihill tests his football helmet prototypes at Virginia Tech’s Helmet Lab. (Photo: Courtesy of Taragh Mulvihill)
JT Mulvihill loved playing football. He loved how every second of the game and every inch gained on the field mattered.
Then in middle school, a genetic condition caused a retinal detachment that left him blind in his left eye. Though he’s still part of the team and attends practices, he is no longer allowed to play football.
But he still found a way to remain involved with the sport.
He has spent the last two years trying to engineer a safer football helmet. His efforts earned him a second place prize this month in the engineering category of a national Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competition.
Mulvihill, who is now a high school freshman at Arizona College Prep’s Erie campus, was selected as a finalist from a pool of nearly
Presentations on interrupting the achievement gap of students, technology for cooling devices, and understanding near-earth asteroids received the top prizes this year at UCF’s annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition.
The international event challenges doctoral students to present their research in three minutes using only one slide as a prompt. Judging of the students is based on research, their presentation skills and how they communicate their work to a general audience. The judges are non-scientists. This year was even more challenging because of the pandemic; students had to present via Zoom.
Hosted by the College of Graduate Studies and the Office of Research, ten finalists came from a wide range of disciplines, including criminal justice, engineering, sciences, nursing, sociology, and education.
Lauren Thomas from curriculum and instruction took first place with her presentation on Interrupting the Achievement Gap Ideology ; Khan Mohammad Rabbi from mechanical engineering took second with his
Yesterday the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple a patent relating to smart fabrics by forming electrical connections in fabric-based items that could include bags, clothing and be integrated into future products such as: Over-ear headphones, Apple Watch bands, accessory cases, eyeglasses an HMD, automotive seating and more. As for automotive seating, Patently Apple covered this in another patent report back in early July. One of the patent figure images is presented below with smart fabrics highlighted in yellow.
Technically, Apple’s granted patent covers an item that may include fabric or other materials formed from intertwined strands of material. The item may include circuitry that produces signals. The strands of material may include non-conductive strands and conductive strands. Strands may be intertwined using weaving equipment, knitting equipment, braiding equipment, or other equipment for intertwining strands of material.
The conductive strands may carry the signals produced by the circuitry.
A 12-year-old girl from Chappaqua, New York won $25,000 at the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering as Rising Stars), a Society for Science and the Public program, for her research into imaginary colors.
Ishana Kumar was one of 30 finalists recognized in the program, according to National Public Radio. She took home the Samueli Foundation Prize of $25,000 on Oct. 21.
The seventh-grader explored the possibility of how to change someone’s perception of imaginary colors using Benham’s top, a disk with white and black patterns that causes observers to see different colors when it spins to create retinal fatigue.
Due to the pandemic, she used a small testing sample of 10 friends and neighbors to run her experiment.
Kumar explained that if a person looked at a red object for a long time then stared at a sheet of white paper,
Paul Kent, a computational nanoscience researcher in Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Computing and Computational Science Directorate, received the ORNL Director’s Award for Outstanding Individual Accomplishment in Science and Technology. The award recognizes Kent’s leadership in quantum computing development and application on high-performance computing platforms to help solve major scientific problems.
The Director’s Awards were presented during a livestreamed ceremony by ORNL Director Thomas Zacharia on Friday. The lab’s top awards concluded a two-week period in which category winners were announced daily to laboratory staff. The awards are typically presented at an Awards Night event hosted by UT-Battelle, the management and operating contractor of ORNL for the Department of Energy.
Kent received the lab’s top science and technology
LightCode, a technology that accelerates drug discovery and was developed by Dr. Gilad Rosenblatt and Dr. Boris Simkhovich, has won first place at BizTech 2020. The announcement was made at the BizTech final event which was held online and attended by Israel’s Science and Technology Minister Izhar Shay and UAE representative Shrikant Tucker from the Emirati Innovation Authority.BizTech 2020 operates as part of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center t-hub. It is a program designed to foster entrepreneurs who are developing deep technologies by providing them with professional mentorship. BizTech graduates have raised more than #750 m. in the program’s 16 years of operation.The winning project, LightCode identifies the potential of small, molecules to be used in new drugs, accelerating drug discovery. Currently, drug development can take around a decade and an investment of billions of dollars, and approximately 90% of drugs that reach clinical development do
Tetra Tech, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTEK), a leading provider of high-end consulting and engineering services, announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded a Tetra Tech-led joint venture a five-year, single-award contract, valued up to $50 million, to increase resilience and reduce the costs of recovery efforts in disaster-stricken communities.
Under FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Technical Assistance Program, Tetra Tech will help communities plan for and recover from increasingly frequent and intense natural disasters. Our team will provide essential technical support services for effective hazard mitigation programs to reduce damages due to flood, earthquake, and wildfire events and increase community resilience throughout FEMA regions 5, 6, and 7, which includes 15 midwestern states.
The Tetra Tech team will use innovative technologies to efficiently collect data, assess damaged properties, and prioritize disaster-impacted areas to enable FEMA to direct resources to support rapid recovery and increased community resilience to future events. The team’s
Tesla (TSLA) – Get Report finally has won the favor of Morgan Stanley’s equity research team.
Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jones on Wednesday raised Tesla to overweight for the first time in more than three years, predicting that the electric carmaker is on the verge of a “profound model shift” from selling cars to generating high-margin software and services revenue.
“To only value Tesla on car sales alone ignores the multiple businesses embedded within the company,” Jonas said in a research note to clients as he upgraded the shares from equal-weight and raised his price target by 50% to $540 from $360, suggesting 22% additional upside for the stock.
In his note, Jonas wrote that Tesla is “on the verge of a profound model shift” from selling cars to generating high margin, recurring software and services revenue, and that its electric vehicle business is Tesla’s and CEO Elon