Telecom

A first for search and rescue from space

Between September 1982 and December 2020, at least 51,512 people were rescued on land and at sea with help from a network of Earth-orbiting satellites able to detect and locate emergency distress beacons.

Robotics

Researchers build $400 self-navigating smart cane

Most know the white cane as a simple-but-crucial tool that assists people with visual impairments in making their way through the world. Researchers at Stanford University have now introduced an affordable robotic cane that ...

Electronics & Semiconductors

Ultrasonic social distancing

Social distancing has been a critical component of the world's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The idea being that keeping physical apart from other people will reduce the risk of a person spreading the respiratory virus ...

Engineering

Improving grid reliability in the face of extreme events

The nation's power grid remains vulnerable to disruption from extreme events including wildfires, severe storms, and cyberattacks. Variable generation resources and load volatility also present operational challenges to grid ...

Energy & Green Tech

Integrating solar panels in shady places

Due to stricter regulations of sustainability, we might see solar panels more often not only on sunny rooftops, but more and more on shaded roofs and facades as well, which brings new challenges in their integration. In ...

Engineering

Cashing in on additive manufacturing

Three-dimensional printing, 3-D printing, has developed steadily over the last three decades or so. It has become, if not commonplace, then more well-known and utilized in wide-ranging industries, it is. It has been something ...

Consumer & Gadgets

Research: Millions of smart devices vulnerable to hacking

Researchers at a cybersecurity firm say they have identified vulnerabilities in software widely used by millions of connected devices—flaws that could be exploited by hackers to penetrate business and home computer networks ...

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