Energy & Green Tech

Fukushima nuclear plant operator: Seismometers were broken

The operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant said Monday that two seismometers at one of its three melted reactors have been out of order since last year and did not collect data when a powerful earthquake struck ...

Engineering

High-speed infrared helps reveal safer hypergolic propellant

When SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule splashed down off the Florida coast in August following its first crewed mission, the two astronauts inside could not exit the capsule immediately. Technicians outside had to confirm there ...

Engineering

Using fabric to 'listen' to space dust

Earlier this month a team of MIT researchers sent samples of various high-tech fabrics, some with embedded sensors or electronics, to the International Space Station. The samples (unpowered for now) will be exposed to the ...

Robotics

A robot that tells growers when to water crops is on the way

Every backyard gardener knows how hard it can be to tell when to water the plants. Multiply that by tens or hundreds of acres and it's easy to see the challenges growers face keeping their crops healthy while managing water ...

Electronics & Semiconductors

New device can measure toxic lead within minutes

Rutgers researchers have created a miniature device for measuring trace levels of toxic lead in sediments at the bottom of harbors, rivers and other waterways within minutes—far faster than currently available laboratory-based ...

Energy & Green Tech

Geothermal energy from shell limestone

In 2017 a huge storage facility in the pores of a sandstone layer at a depth of between 1015 and 1045 meters below Berlin's Grunewald forest that had been used to temporarily store natural gas, to cover the city's fluctuating ...

Machine learning & AI

Machine learning model predicts mortality in COVID-19 patients

Machine learning tools selected three biomarkers—lactic dehydrogenase, lymphocyte and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein levels—that can predict the mortality of COVID-19 patients from blood samples from 485 infected ...

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