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Submarines are designed to hide, so what happens if one is missing?

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain In waters north of Bali, a frantic search is underway for the Indonesian submarine KRI Nanggala, missing with 53 crew since the boat failed to make a routine signal report on Wednesday morning. How to hunt a submarine There are two key challenges when a submarine goes missing. The first is finding it. A submarine is inherently covert. When the Nanggala dived as part of a routine exercise, it is unlikely the boat was being tracked.…

Ankle exoskeleton enables faster walking — ScienceDaily

Being unable to walk quickly can be frustrating and problematic, but it is a common issue, especially as people age. Noting the pervasiveness of slower-than-desired walking, engineers at Stanford University have tested how well a prototype exoskeleton system they have developed — which attaches around the shin and into a running shoe — increased the self-selected walking speed of people in an experimental setting. The exoskeleton is externally powered by motors and controlled by an algorithm. When the researchers optimized…

ANYbotics reveals full-scale robotic inspection solution

Credit: ANYbotics The Swiss robotics company ANYbotics has announced the launch of a new end-to-end robotic inspection system for the energy and industrial processing arenas. This solution aims to answer the call for better safety at production sites and lower downtime. However, as technology has rarely kept pace with increasing safety and production demands, ANYbotics’ full autonomous, quadruped robot ANYmal uses inspection analytics software to automate routine condition monitoring of all infrastructure and equipment. So far, the company has introduced…

Mizzou NSBE members win honors at national convention

MIzzou NSBE’s Chanel Wheeler The Mizzou chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) once again proved its members are leaders within the engineering student community. Three members won various accolades during the virtual NSBE47: The Holistic Engineer national convention earlier this month. Trenton Foster, a junior in computer engineering, won the NSBE Region 5 Scholarship: Holistic Engineer Scholarship award. “I couldn’t have gotten the award without my peers pushing me to be better,” Foster said. “I owe a…

Building a more intuitive and streamlined search experience

Co-authors: Rashmi Jain and Sonali Bhadra Search on LinkedIn is an essential part of our members’ experience, with more than 44% of members who visit the site each week performing at least one search. We’re continually working to improve that experience and recently introduced a new streamlined and intuitive search experience that brings together people, jobs, groups, companies, courses, and more in a more discoverable manner. Since ramping, we’ve seen strong, tangible signs that the overhaul is helping members connect…

Biohybrid soft robot with self-stimulating skeleton outswims other biobots

Side view of a swimming biobot developed at IBEC, consisting of a muscle cell-laden hydrogel and a spring-like skeleton. These biobots can self-train, showing surprising speed and strength. Credit: IBEC A team of researchers working at Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology has developed a skeletal-muscle-based, biohybrid soft robot that can swim faster than other skeletal-muscle-based biobots. In their paper published in the journal Science Robotics, the group describes building and testing their soft robot. As scientists continue to improve…

The first US population to experience drone delivery gives it a seal of approval

The drone-delivery service in Christiansburg, Va.—the first in the country to deliver goods directly to residences on demand—gave researchers a unique opportunity to study how people feel about the technology when they’ve actually experienced it in their own community. Credit: Virginia Tech The week of Thanksgiving last year, a postcard arrived in mailboxes in Christiansburg. A link to a survey was on the back. On the front, there was a picture that was, by then, very familiar to the residents…

Three reasons ‘self-driving’ cars are still a long way off

Self-driving software will become a key differentiator for highly automated vehicles but the technology is not quite ready yet. Credit: Shutterstock The recent crash of a Tesla car in the United States, in which two people died, has reignited debate about the capabilities and safety of today’s “self-driving” technologies. Tesla cars include an “autopilot” feature which monitors surrounding traffic and lane markings, and the company is currently rolling out a more advanced “full self-driving” system which promises automatic navigation, stopping…

Undergraduate Honors Research Fellowship Project ‘Fantastic Fit’ for IT Student

For Andrew Murphy, receiving an Undergraduate Honors Research Fellowship from Mizzou Engineering was an ideal way to finish out his senior year. The fellowship, which comes with a stipend, is designed to get undergraduates involved in engineering research. Murphy worked with Assistant Teaching Professor Fang Wang to develop a web portal and companion mobile app. “It was just a fantastic fit,” he said. “I’d definitely recommend other students apply for the fellowship. It’s a great opportunity to get experience, help…

Mechanical engineers develop new high-performance artificial muscle technology

NAU mechanical engineer Michael Shafer and graduate student Diego Higueras-Ruiz conducting a visual inspection of their new compliant robotic arm actuated with cavatappi artificial muscles. Credit: Northern Arizona University In the field of robotics, researchers are continually looking for the fastest, strongest, most efficient and lowest-cost ways to actuate, or enable, robots to make the movements needed to carry out their intended functions. The quest for new and better actuation technologies and ‘soft’ robotics is often based on principles of…