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8/16/2018

A study in Romania producing gully erosion susceptibility maps examined a range of factors that affect soil erosion, including overgrazing. The results were inconclusive, and they point to the need for a multitemporal analysis of erosion.

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MDPI (Switzerland)
8/16/2018

Online registration is now open for the IECA Seattle Regional Event: Wet Weather Prep Begins with Project Design on Sept. 18, 2018 in SeaTac, Wash. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about the project designs in wet weather climates. This one day event is worth 7 Professional Development Hours (PDHs). Register now, space is limited!

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8/16/2018

Please take a moment to review the candidates running for this year's IECA Region One Board of Directors Election and share your input on the new tagline for IECA. The online voting platform will allow you to review the candidates' bios and statement to run in addition to the tagline options voted on from our tagline contest. To enter the platform use your member ID as the username and IECAVote18 for the password. Voting will close Sept. 14, 2018. Vote Now!

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8/16/2018

Future particle accelerators may no longer need to be huge, expensive contraptions covering more than a mile of underground space, thanks to a method developed by scientists at Imperial College London. It uses plasma and lasers to quickly generate, trap and accelerate beams from positrons, the antimatter counterpart of electrons, in a contained area.

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Imperial College London
8/16/2018

Unsanitary water can be a grave hazard in the developing world, where purification resources are limited. But Guihua Yu, a professor of materials science and mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, has developed a self-sustaining solution that decontaminates water by evaporating it off a reusable, solar-absorbent hydrogel.

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University of Texas
8/16/2018

The ASME Journal of Medical Devices is currently accepting papers for a special issue focusing on topics related to the 3D printing of medical devices. The deadline for authors to submit a manuscript for the special issue is Jan. 15, 2019. The focus of the issue is on novel additive manufacturing methods that are relevant to the 3D printing of medical devices, preclinical testing of 3D printed test devices, and the performance and safety challenges related to the long-term durability of implantable 3D printed devices.

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8/15/2018

Electric cars and their hydrogen-powered counterparts could refuel in seconds at the same location, thanks to a new flow battery produced by chemists at the University of Glasgow. The battery is comprised of two tanks of membrane-divided liquids consisting of a suspension of nanomolecules storing large quantities of energy that can be released either as electricity or hydrogen.

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University of Glasgow
8/15/2018

Since YouTube's inception, the video medium has introduced a growing number of young people to the possibilities available in science, technology, engineering and math. Some of the most popular STEM-related channels focus on engineering under the umbrella of science and technology coverage.

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8/15/2018

Computer modeling is allowing Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding to reconfigure welding sequences to avoid warping. Tests during construction of a Coast Guard cutter reduced distortion by 30% and production costs by 13%.

8/15/2018

An early device that brought mechanization and speed to fabric tufting and spurred the growth of carpet manufacturing in Georgia was recently designated an ASME Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark. The designation ceremony took place on July 31 at Shaw Industries in Dalton, Ga.

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