Digital communications have left us less able to connect with people, argues Les Wolff. Leaders should remember that the rules of communication are the same whether you're writing an e-mail or meeting someone in person, Wolff argues. "In business you not only need to communicate, but you also have to educate, stimulate and motivate your employees, customers and truly anyone you have interaction with," he says.
A Virgin Galactic pump-fed engine fueled with kerosene and liquid oxygen has been test-fired successfully. The NewtonThree engine will be the first stage of an air-launched multistage rocket, generating as much as 73,500 pounds of thrust.
Traveling-wave nuclear technology took a step forward with a memorandum of understanding between US-based TerraPower and China National Nuclear Corp. to develop a reactor. The design boasts a 50-fold improvement in fuel efficiency over conventional nuclear plants because reactions move gradually through the fuel, which can be either natural or depleted uranium.
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have deposited carbon atoms on top of a graphene sheet and created an integrated circuit that ultimately disappears as the atoms are absorbed into the 2D carbon material. The technique could also be used to redraw an electronic device, the research team reports.
Sensia Solutions has developed an inexpensive infrared camera that can detect leaks of methane, natural gas, coolants, liquefied petroleum gases and similar substances. Sensia, a subsidiary of the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, tested its product in gas treatment stations, regasification plants and other venues. "The equipment can provide service in any industrial plant where chemical processes are involved and there is a risk of gas leak," said Sensia CEO Francisco Cortes Martinez.
A simple, small, 3D-printed device that, when twisted, combines ammonium nitrate with water to produce a numbing cold is seen as a low-cost way to ease the pain of injections. The Comfortably Numb device, developed by three freshman engineers at Rice University, is applied to skin for 60 seconds before the needle. Now the challenge is to incorporate the technology in a hypodermic cap for even more convenience.
A bioweapons protection mode for the air-conditioning system in Tesla's new Model X SUV employs a sophisticated filter and positive air pressure to keep occupants safe in the event of a biological attack, the company says. However, experts are skeptical, saying the filtration system probably can't keep viruses at bay.
A patient at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York and another at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland were the first patients to undergo surgeries using Exactech's revision knee technology. The product is intended for total knee replacement patients who are being treated for post-traumatic degenerative disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, osteonecrosis or osteoarthritis.
NASA is working on a technology to train pilots called Fused Reality, which combines real flying with overlaid simulated scenarios. "Fused Reality allows all pilots to learn how to fly difficult and dangerous tasks such as aerial refueling, aircraft carrier landing, formation flight and aerial firefighting, which are usually taught in a ground based flight simulator, by putting the simulator in flight in the actual aircraft," said Bruce Cogan, project manager.
Raytheon has been granted a five-year contract by the US government to oversee the Department of Homeland Security's Network Security Deployment division. The NSD is responsible for securing the computer networks of more than 100 civilian agencies and has been stepping up its game in the wake of the hacking of the Office of Personnel Management.
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