Cancer patients sometimes neglect to take the pills they need to fight their disease, but University of Minnesota researchers have developed a way to remind them and keep track of timing and dosages. Sensors embedded in each pill signal wearable receiver patches that, in turn, relay the information to the patient's smartphone and the physician's medical records.
Florida Polytechnic University used a $46,000 NATO grant to buy a 3D printer that can produce continuous carbon fiber-reinforced polymer shells that can withstand the intense pressure of nuclear radiation detectors. The high-strength material will allow researchers to improve the efficiency and portability of ionization detectors, says grant winner Robert Austin, a physics professor.
The USS North Dakota is winding up a six-month deployment -- its first -- and is due to return to its Groton, Conn., home port at the end of this month. The sub is the second US naval vessel named after the state.
The Navy's littoral combat ships were out of action last year, but that will change this year. Vice Adm. Richard Brown, commander of Naval Surface Forces, says the USS Montgomery and USS Gabrielle Giffords will deploy from San Diego to the Western Pacific, and the USS Detroit will deploy to the East Coast from Mayport, Fla.
The Navy says it successfully test-fired near-hypersonic projectiles from existing guns on a destroyer last summer. The tests were carried out as part of the Rim of the Pacific exercises aboard the USS Dewey using its standard Mk 45 5-inch main deck gun.
General Dynamics will be planning and carrying out
maintenance and upgrades on the USS George H.W. Bush under a new $91.4 million contract. Work includes dry-docking and depot-level maintenance and various modifications.
The US and European shipbuilding industries remain largely segregated, though some trans-Atlantic partnerships have proven fruitful. Many nations are loath to surrender their independent ability to manufacture naval vessels, considering it vital to defense.
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson traveled to China this week to meet his naval counterpart and other leaders in an effort to reduce the risk of clashes between US and Chinese military forces. The visit comes amid tensions between the two nations in the South China Sea.
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