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New technique spots warning signs of extreme events

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Many extreme events—from a rogue wave that rises up from calm waters, to an instability inside a gas turbine, to the sudden extinction of a previously hardy wildlife species—seem to occur without warning. It’s often impossible to predict when such bursts of instability will strike, particularly in systems with a complex and ever-changing mix of players and pieces. Now engineers at MIT have devised a framework for identifying key patterns that precede an extreme event. The…

Chemists report breakthrough in material design

Schematic depiction of a supertetrahedral aluminum crystal structure. Scientists from Utah State University, USA and Southern Federal University, Russia, computationally designed a new, metastable, ultra-light crystalline form of aluminum. Credit: Iliya Getmanskii, Southern Federal University, Russia If you drop an aluminum spoon in a sink full of water, the spoon will sink to the bottom. That’s because aluminum, in its conventional form, is denser than water says Utah State University chemist Alexander Boldyrev. But if you restructure the common household…

New self-powered paper patch could help diabetics measure glucose during exercise

A new paper-based sensor patch developed by researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York could allow diabetics to effectively measure glucose levels during exercise. Credit: Binghamton University Electrical and Computer Science Assistant Professor Seokheun Choi A new paper-based sensor patch developed by researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York could allow diabetics to effectively measure glucose levels during exercise. Today’s most widespread methods for glucose self-testing involve monitoring glucose levels in blood. Conventional measurements, however, are…

NASA air traffic management research tool shows new colors

A pivotal piece of NASA air traffic management (ATM) software is getting fresh attention as the agency and its government, industry and academic partners prepare to test new ideas for more efficiently guiding aircraft through the nation’s skies. The software is called FACET – short for Future Air Traffic Management Concepts Evaluation Tool – and it was such a hit when it was introduced a decade ago that NASA named it the agency’s Software of the Year for 2006. …

Next-generation transport

Understanding the physics of cavitation — in this case the formation of bubbles in liquid — will help oceangoing vessels of the future become more energy efficient. Credit: University of California – Santa Barbara For most of us, fluid dynamics and mechanics aren’t particularly significant—that is, until we’re white-knuckling it on a bumpy plane ride or trying to stay buoyant in unusually bubbly water. The way we navigate through air and water may one day be improved thanks to UC…

Nexon – ‘The SUV’ from Tata : Meet, Drive & Car Experience

Tata’s new compact SUV Nexon is soon to be launched and we witnessed its unveiling in God’s own country, Kerela. It’s been a week since we were a part of the fantabulous road trip and we are still in awe of the revving of the engines on curvy roads and celestial landscape. We were humbled by the hospitality on this two-day event. On the first day, we were briefed about Nexon by Tata’s leadership, at Kochi Marriot. The rendezvous with…

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…