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Hacker Trackers camp teaches high schoolers cyber security skills

The four-day-long Hacker Trackers camp, led by Assistant Professor Prasad Calyam, gives high school students training and development in Python coding and cyber security. Photo courtesy of Prasad Calyam. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Assistant Professor Prasad Calyam and his graduate students Roshan Neupane and Ronny Bazan Antequera organized the third-annual Hacker Trackers summer camp, held in July as part of the University of Missouri Extension’s Summers@Mizzou program. Calyam organizes the camp as part of his community outreach and STEM…

#Chemsafety programming at #ACSDC | The Safety Zone

Posted By Jyllian Kemsley on Aug 17, 2017 in ACS National Meeting, Featured | The 254th ACS National Meeting starts on Sunday in Washington, D.C. Here’s what’s planned for chemical and laboratory safety; the Division of Chemical Health & Safety has its usual CHAS-At-A-Glance ready for printing. You can also find CHAS and the Committee on Chemical Safety in the Expo at booth 1038. I will be giving two talks at the meeting. I’ve highlighted them with…

MU Engineering alumnus facilitates cutting-edge workstation donation

Luke Manier (center), a 2001 graduate from the MU Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, facilitated the donation of equipment for 15 modern industrial automation workstations, including components to aid in the construction of two advanced motion control systems, from his company, Rockwell Automation. Manier is joined in the photo by EECS Professor Emeritus Bob McLaren (left) and Interim Chair Kannappan Palaniappan. Photo by Amy Parris. The MU College of Engineering needed cutting-edge programmable logic training workstations for its students to…

MU summer program offers students cutting-edge Big Data opportunities

A total of ten students, guided by faculty from the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, split into groups and prepared presentations, posters and final papers, which they shared at the Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievements Forum on July 27. Photo courtesy of Prasad Calyam. The MU College of Engineering’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) recently wrapped up its 10-week summer session, with brilliant students from around the country completing work on cutting-edge computer science and Big Data projects. A…

DC Hot Stick developed for first responder, worker safety

ORNL’s Bruce Warmack (left) and Nance Ericson display an early prototype of the DC Hot Stick. Credit: Carlos Jones, ORNL/Dept. of Energy With more volts than ever before in electric vehicles (EVs) and on solar-paneled rooftops, first responder and electrical worker safety is a growing concern. Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are addressing the challenge with the development of a probe to accurately detect direct-current (DC) energy. The DC “Hot Stick” probe designed under…

Night vision for bird- and bat-friendly offshore wind power

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s ThermalTracker software analyzes thermal video to help birds and bats near offshore wind farms. Three birds are seen flying offshore in this screenshot of the thermal video that PNNL’s software analyzes. Credit: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory The same technology that enables soldiers to see in the dark can also help protect birds and bats near offshore wind turbines. Night vision goggles use thermal imaging, which captures infrared light that’s invisible to the human eye. Now, researchers…

Spectacular images thanks to an efficient algorithm

In the future, drones could simplify elaborate film production such as the James Bond Skyfall film (montage). Credit: Keystone / Allpix Press / Cineliz Filming of spectacular action scenes is expensive and the creative possibilities are often limited. An ETH doctoral student has developed an algorithm that allows drones to implement the desired picture compositions independently. The film Skyfall has its viewers spellbound as James Bond attempts to neutralise his adversary on the roof of a train as it races…

Argonne uses digital tools to preserve Southwestern cultural heritage

In 2016, Argonne conducted a cultural assessment stemming from a Solar Energy Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Solar PEIS) covering six Southwestern states that Argonne’s Environmental Sciences Division. One of the first studies to portray how Spanish and Mexican settlers of the area related to the land before the U.S. government assumed jurisdiction. Argonne’s charge was to determine which public lands within those states would be technically and environmentally suitable for solar energy development. Credit: K. Wescott/Argonne National Laboratory Hollywood’s Indiana…

Somersaulting simulation for jumping bots

A simulation (top row) and real-world experiment (bottom row) match for the same jumping mechanism designed to flip over a wall and land right side up on the other side. This simulation was generated by a new method that accurately predicts the real-world behavior of such mechanisms undergoing large-deformations, high-speed dynamics, frictional contact and impact. It does so at speeds fast enough to now be used in automated design algorithms that must rapidly, yet accurately, predict whether a design will…

Is it Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia? New, noninvasive method may help with diagnosis — ScienceDaily

A new method may help determine whether a person has Alzheimer’s disease or frontotemporal dementia, two different types of dementia that often have similar symptoms, according to a preliminary study published in the July 26, 2017, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. “Making the correct diagnosis can be difficult,” said study author Barbara Borroni, MD, of the University of Brescia in Brescia, Italy. “Current methods can be expensive brain scans or invasive lumbar…