Engineering
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6/19/2018

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has extracted 5 grams of powdered uranium, or yellowcake, from ordinary seawater using acrylic fibers that are inexpensive and reusable. The breakthrough, achieved in association with LCW Supercritical Technologies, eventually could create unlimited access to uranium for nuclear energy.

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New Atlas
6/18/2018

Apple is helping protect iOS 12 users with a feature that gives emergency responders access to the user's location data when they call 911 thanks to RapidSOS technology. The feature complies with the Federal Communications Commission's requirement that smartphone devices have the ability to locate emergency callers to within 50 meters at least 80% of the time by 2021.

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9to5Mac
6/18/2018

Robots may be getting smarter, but emotional intelligence has been conspicuously lacking. That, however, is addressed by a new Emotion Processing Unit chip from Emoshape founder Patrick Levy-Rosenthal, enabling intelligent devices to read various human emotions and reconfigure themselves accordingly to provide appropriate responses.

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ASME
6/18/2018

As in other industries, computer modeling holds great potential for makers of medical devices. However, it's used less often in this field than in others due to issues of trust, a subject explored at the recent AABME Connect forum.

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AABME Connect
6/18/2018

CERN's Large Hadron Collider will be colliding particles at up to seven times the previous rate and generating as much as 10 times the data with a High-Luminosity upgrade. The project, due to be completed in 2026, is now underway and involves replacement of nearly 4,000 feet of the ring to exchange radio-frequency cavities, magnets and collimators as well as the introduction of new electrical power systems, cryogenic equipment, and cooling and ventilation plants.

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New Atlas
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CERN
6/15/2018

Being vulnerable and honest with your team can help you draw inspiration from members, and you don't have to have all of the answers or "to be the team cheerleader," leadership coach Cheri Torres says. Check in on your physical, mental and emotional well-being, which affects energy and enthusiasm.

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Fast Company online
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Cheri Torres
6/15/2018

Websites specializing in generalized job finding for the gig economy don't really cater to engineers. So civil engineer Ramzi Jreidini has set up a site tailored to freelance engineers and architects as well as their potential clients.

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ASME
6/15/2018

Real and synthetic spider silk perform a surprising variety of useful tasks, including working as a protective coating for cancer drugs. Researchers in Germany and Switzerland use synthetic spider silk biopolymers to protect delicate immunotherapy peptides until they reach the lymphatic system, where they stimulate production of cancer-fighting T lymphocytes.

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New Atlas
6/14/2018

The US Navy needs to "get a fire in our gut" and find ways to maintain its edge at sea, Adm. John Richardson, chief of naval operations, told the 69th annual Current Strategy Forum. Richardson tapped the minds of scholars at leading universities and think tanks to come up with ways the Navy can remain a global leader.

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Navy Times
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US Navy, Adm. John Richardson
6/14/2018

The Pentagon has modified a contract for production of the Standard Missile-6. The modification provides for long-lead material in support of full-rate production by Raytheon, bringing the total value to more than $44.8 million.

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Raytheon, Defense Department