Engineering

AI, captain! First autonomous ship prepares for maiden voyage

The "Mayflower 400"—the world's first intelligent ship—bobs gently in a light swell as it stops its engines in Plymouth Sound, off England's southwest coast, before self-activating a hydrophone designed to listen to whales.

Energy & Green Tech

Researchers embrace uncertainty to make microgrids better

Renewable energy is seen as an answer to climate change, yet its uptake is limited by the variability and intermittent nature of most renewable energy sources. A promising solution to this problem is microgrids.

Engineering

Miniscule signals can prevent major accidents

By listening to electric machines' magnetic fields, faults can be detected that could prevent potential disasters with electric vehicles. The new method could also save power producers large sums of money.

Energy & Green Tech

What is behind the rising gas prices

The rising price of gas has caused widespread concern across the country over how many consumers will afford to heat their homes this winter. The hike in costs has also seen many providers go under as the costs of supplying ...

Consumer & Gadgets

Privacy concerns over contact-free QR codes used in restaurants

Diners could be serving up a lot more than just their burger order if they use the contact-free QR codes suddenly available at many restaurants and bars, warns David Choffnes, who studies cybersecurity at Northeastern.

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