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Printed sensors monitor tire wear in real time

Demonstration of the printed carbon nanotubes on a flexible surface. The prototype tire tread sensor (middle) is flanked by the logos of Duke University and Fetch Automotive Design Group. Credit: Amanda Dixon, Duke University Electrical engineers at Duke University have invented an inexpensive printed sensor that can monitor the tread of car tires in real time, warning drivers when the rubber meeting the road has grown dangerously thin. If adopted, the device will increase safety, improve vehicle performance and reduce…

Scientists recommend drones for pipeline monitoring

The use of aerial drones to monitor oil and gas pipelines could bring significant benefits to operators, according to research carried out by scientists at the University of Aberdeen. Pipeline networks require regular inspection and monitoring for maintenance, safety and security. Monitoring is traditionally carried out on foot or by helicopter, but scientists believe the use of drones would bring new efficiencies that would work especially well in remote or hard to reach areas. David R. Green and…

Holographic measurement technology at production speed

The system can measure centimeter-sized rough objects in fractions of a second with micrometer accuracy – even under disturbances, such as vibrations. Credit: Fraunhofer IPM Fault tolerance in automobile production is increasingly diminishing. Until recently, this presented suppliers with a problem: There were no sufficient methods for detecting micro defects during production. Visual inspection was the solution of choice, but this is not suitable for in-line measurements in the production process. By developing digital holography to become suitable for production,…

ICICI Lombard Stepping Up Customer Experience using Technology

We all are aware of the name ICIC Lombard, it provides insurance solutions, protection solutions for business, personal and project liabilities across rural and urban areas in India. But do you know, how ICIC Lombard is adapting technology for a better customer engagement? This article will revolve around the steps taken by ICICI Lombard to adopt technology in its solutions to offer a holistic customer experience. Website and Mobile App ICIC Lombard has gone through a revamp and created a…

Earth Deserves Better Than TV Coverage of Climate Change

As I write this, a day after Earth Day 2017, the memory of hundreds of “Marches for Science” and in particular, a CNN report on climate change makes me wonder whether the medium of television is more harmful than helpful in bringing the attention of the general public to complex issues of public interest.  These thoughts are stimulated by an online article and video clip of the report, which featured an exchange between famed popularizer of science Bill Nye the…

#Chemsafety programming at #ACSSanFran | The Safety Zone

Posted By Jyllian Kemsley on Mar 30, 2017 in ACS National Meeting, Featured | The 253rd ACS National Meeting starts on Sunday in San Francisco. 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 1125. Note: I did not have time to proofread this after putting it together.…

Always Be Learning – Kickstarter Engineering

One of our core values at Kickstarter is to “always be learning.” Employees here regularly hold teaching sessions — called “ABLs” — to share knowledge about anything from oil painting to functional programming. On the Data team, we’ve incorporated continual learning into our regular routines in a couple of different ways. We have monthly reading groups open to everyone at Kickstarter. These sessions tend to focus on a data-related paper or technique, but we’ve also read about and discussed issues like the ethics of…

How Will New Transportation Technology Impact Packaging Damage?

I am often involved in the replication of packaging damage due to transportation hazards; frequently there is a new or surprising dynamic between the trailer, the route and the products inside the trailer.  It is important to know the dynamics of the distribution route, which, with today’s technology and instrumentation, is pretty routinely and easily accomplished.  Usually, we can utilize standard test methods for truck vibration, but sometimes there is something in the specific route that may lie outside the…

Prince Albert’s Water, Oil Pipelines, and the Precautionary Principle – UrbanWorkbench

The City of Prince Albert in #Saskatchewan, #Canada has secured emergency water supply after almost two weeks of no water following an oil spill in the North Saskatchewan River by Husky Oil. Three different sources A 30km temporary water line was installed from the South Saskatchewan River to the City’s water treatment plant, and another waterline connects the Little Red River to the treatment plant. Stormwater retention ponds are being filled as a backup supply if needed. The event that…

A Programmer’s Guide to Microservices & SOA – Zenefits Engineering

Introduction SOA or Service Oriented Architecture has been one of the buzzwords among architects and senior-developers, appearing commonly in job descriptions for the last few years. However, most of the definitions of SOA online are riddled with formal words, such as the one from OASIS: “A paradigm for organizing and utilizing distributed capabilities that may be under the control of different ownership domains. It provides a uniform means to offer, discover, interact with and use capabilities to produce desired effects…