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6/18/2018

Robots may be getting smarter, but emotional intelligence has been conspicuously lacking. That, however, is addressed by a new Emotion Processing Unit chip from Emoshape founder Patrick Levy-Rosenthal, enabling intelligent devices to read various human emotions and reconfigure themselves accordingly to provide appropriate responses.

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ASME
6/18/2018

As in other industries, computer modeling holds great potential for makers of medical devices. However, it's used less often in this field than in others due to issues of trust, a subject explored at the recent AABME Connect forum.

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AABME Connect
6/18/2018

CERN's Large Hadron Collider will be colliding particles at up to seven times the previous rate and generating as much as 10 times the data with a High-Luminosity upgrade. The project, due to be completed in 2026, is now underway and involves replacement of nearly 4,000 feet of the ring to exchange radio-frequency cavities, magnets and collimators as well as the introduction of new electrical power systems, cryogenic equipment, and cooling and ventilation plants.

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6/15/2018

Websites specializing in generalized job finding for the gig economy don't really cater to engineers. So civil engineer Ramzi Jreidini has set up a site tailored to freelance engineers and architects as well as their potential clients.

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ASME
6/15/2018

Real and synthetic spider silk perform a surprising variety of useful tasks, including working as a protective coating for cancer drugs. Researchers in Germany and Switzerland use synthetic spider silk biopolymers to protect delicate immunotherapy peptides until they reach the lymphatic system, where they stimulate production of cancer-fighting T lymphocytes.

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New Atlas
6/14/2018

The US Navy needs to "get a fire in our gut" and find ways to maintain its edge at sea, Adm. John Richardson, chief of naval operations, told the 69th annual Current Strategy Forum. Richardson tapped the minds of scholars at leading universities and think tanks to come up with ways the Navy can remain a global leader.

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US Navy, Adm. John Richardson
6/14/2018

The Pentagon has modified a contract for production of the Standard Missile-6. The modification provides for long-lead material in support of full-rate production by Raytheon, bringing the total value to more than $44.8 million.

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Raytheon, Defense Department
6/14/2018

The USS Nimitz is nearing its 50-year service life limit, but that might be extended as the Navy aims for a 355-ship fleet. The House Armed Services Committee has asked Navy Secretary Richard Spencer to look into the possibility and report back.

6/14/2018

The Navy has awarded a $36.4 million modified contract to Electric Boat for repair parts for two future Virginia-class submarines, the USS Iowa and the USS New Jersey. Work will take place in Connecticut and is expected to wrap up in 2021.

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Electric Boat, US Navy
6/14/2018

Brazil is forging ahead with a program to develop a submarine nuclear power plant, with testing of turbo generators having begun. Brazil also plans to begin building its Multipurpose Reactor as part of the program.