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The rapid, one-step mobile test could help combat the pandemic and fully reopen communities — ScienceDaily

Imagine swabbing your nostrils, putting the swab in a device, and getting a read-out on your phone in 15 to 30 minutes that tells you if you are infected with the COVID-19 virus. This has been the vision for a team of scientists at Gladstone Institutes, University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), and University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). And now, they report a scientific breakthrough that brings them closer to making this vision a reality. One of the major…

Mizzou Engineering Student Takes First Place in IEEE Computational Challenge

Waylon Wu won first place in an IEEE CIS technical challenge. A Mizzou Engineering student took first place in an international competition during which he was up against professional researchers and faculty members. Wenlong “Waylon” Wu won top prize in the Technical Challenge on Energy Prediction with Smart Data sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computational Intelligence Society. He was the only student to be in the finals of the competition, held during the IEEE Computational…

The climate changed rapidly alongside sea ice decline in the north — ScienceDaily

Researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen have, in collaboration with Norwegian researchers in the ERC Synergy project, ICE2ICE, shown that abrupt climate change occurred as a result of widespread decrease of sea ice. This scientific breakthrough concludes a long-lasting debate on the mechanisms causing abrupt climate change during the glacial period. It also documents that the cause of the swiftness and extent of sudden climate change must be found in the oceans. Scientific evidence for abrupt climate…

Huge drone set to launch satellites in mid-air

We all have images in our mind of rocket launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station hurtling astronauts into space and satellites into orbit. But those launches may be a thing of the past as a new generation of drones that can do the same job cheaper, safer and better steps into play. Alabama-Based Aevum unveiled its Ravn X Autonomous Launch Vehicle Wednesday that it says is the world’s largest unmanned aircraft system. The Ravn X fleet, with aircraft at…

New testing system could become the IoT of photovoltaics

New solar performance monitoring system has potential to become IoT of photovoltaics. Credit: Pexels A new system for measuring solar performance over the long term in scalable photovoltaic systems, developed by Arizona State University researchers, represents a breakthrough in the cost and longevity of interconnected power delivery. When solar cells are developed, they are “current-voltage” tested in the lab before they are deployed in panels and systems outdoors. Once installed outdoors, they aren’t usually tested again unless the system undergoes…

Integrating Location Technology into Feature Phones

What you’ll learn: The importance of location technologies in (feature) phones. Why GPS alone isn’t enough for feature phones. Design considerations for location in feature phones.   One critical component that feature-phone manufacturers look to add to their offerings is ubiquitous location. It may sound a bit surprising based on the maturity of positioning services as a core component of smartphone operating systems, but the addition of location, specifically hybrid positioning through providers like Skyhook, brings smartphone-like benefits to feature…

Copying beetle wings to design MAVs that can recover from midair collisions

KUBeetle-S robot with the foldable wings. Credit: H. Vu Phan A pair of researchers at Konkuk University has designed a miniaturized micro air vehicle (MAV) capable of recovering from midair collisions. In their paper published in the journal Science, Hoang Vu Phan and Hoon Cheol Park describe their study of collision recovery in rhinoceros beetles and how they applied their findings to the design of a new kind of MAV. Prior research has shown that beetles have hard, shell-like forewings…

An introduction to three-phase power and PDUs

Our fleet of over 200 locations comprises various generations of servers and routers. And with the ever changing landscape of services and computing demands, it’s imperative that we manage power in our data centers right. This blog is a brief Electrical Engineering 101 session going over specifically how power distribution units (PDU) work, along with some good practices on how we use them. It appears to me that we could all use a bit more knowledge on this topic, and…

Mizzou Engineer Explores Challenges, Opportunities of Quantum Radar

A Mizzou Engineer was invited to weigh in on the “Opportunities and Challenges of Quantum Radar” for a prestigious magazine published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Jeffery Uhlmann published the paper with a co-author from the U.S Naval Research Laboratory in the November issue of IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine. Uhlmann is an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science. Uhlmann The researchers concluded that quantum radar will likely revolutionize several fields—someday. “There’s no…

Diversity and The Digital Divide: Thoughts From Tech Leaders

Leaders from across the tech industry and beyond recently joined us for Cloudflare’s Birthday Week, helping us celebrate Cloudflare’s 10th birthday. Many of them touched on the importance of diversity and making the Internet accessible to everyone. Here are some of the highlights. On the value of soliciting feedback Selina TobaccowalaChief Digital Officer at Openfit, Co-Founder of GixoFormer President & CTO of SurveyMonkey When you think about diversity and inclusion, unfortunately, it’s often only the loudest voice, the squeakiest wheel…