For a hefty price, you can experience the mechanical marvel of precision chronometry with a marine-themed table clock. The $36,000 Octopod's eight legs support a transparent, bathysphere-inspired globe that rotates on a gimbal to allow its intricate inner workings and the time to be seen from all sides.
Facing criticism over failure to visit Superfund sites after Hurricane Harvey and his comments about changing weather patterns, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt visited Houston to examine cleanup efforts. The tour included an inspection of the San Jacinto River Waste Pits and a flyover tour of six other area Superfund sites.
Development along the US coastline hasn't been deterred by repeated devastating storm lashings, an Associated Press survey shows. Coastline counties have grown an average of 5.6%, with faster rates recorded in storm-prone southern regions.
The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima and the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York have returned to port after initial rescue and recovery operations in the Florida Keys following Hurricane Irma. Sailors and Marines from the two ships cleared debris, distributed supplies and helped repair generators, water pumps and other immediately needed infrastructure.
Four years of work on the USS George Washington's hull, flight deck, arresting gear, catapults and "island house" are underway with the goal of an additional 25 years of service. Huntington Ingalls is carrying out the work, which will enable the carrier to accommodate the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
A small, woman-owned business with just 37 staffers has won a $30 million Navy contract connected with submarine overhaul. Colby Company Engineering of Portland, Maine, will be working on designs for building renovations and new construction.
The Senate has approved a bill that sets a goal of increasing the Navy's fleet from the current 276 ships to 355. The bill would boost basic military spending by $640 billion, including a $4.8 billion increase for shipbuilding above the White House's request.
Retiring after 38 years of service, Vice Adm. Nora Tyson was relieved as commander of US 3rd Fleet by Vice Adm. John Alexander in ceremonies aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt in San Diego. Tyson in 2010 became the first woman to serve as commander of a carrier strike group.
The Agriculture Department's RUSLE2 database draws on decades of US erosion data. In a podcast recorded at the IECA Conference, Dave Lightle reflects on more than 40 years of working with the RUSLE2 mathematical prediction tool and its growth from a tool for agriculture to one that guides designs in urban runoff, mine remediation and more.
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