Powerful, highly capable exoskeletons are aiding human workers such as first responders as well as those in industries such as manufacturing, health care and the military. Their arrival is the culmination of years of research and a good deal of trial and error.
A mishap that may have spewed toxic rocket fuel could force a postponement of the first manned flight of SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule. A few days ago when tests of the capsule were scheduled at Cape Canaveral, a reporter witnessed orange plumes rising from the area, and SpaceX said the tests were successful but acknowledged the "anomaly."
A robot inspired by snakes and the Japanese art of kirigami uses a 3D-textured surface to grip and traverse ground like its living counterpart. Developed by Harvard University researchers, the robot can be programmed for greater speed and efficiency and takes advantage of the ability to serially expand and contract the kirigami shapes on its skin.
The US military is investing a lot more in drones, and not just those that prowl the skies. The latest evidence of this commitment is the Navy's $46.7 million contract with Boeing for a fifth Orca undersea drone as well as the service's fiscal year 2020 funding request for further work on uncrewed surface vessels and drone subs.
It's well known that human activity can have profound effects on many natural elements, but evidence now suggests that human activity can also affect dense bedrock. A new study shows that logging in Washington in the late 19th and early 20th centuries greatly accelerated erosion of the Teanaway River's bedrock, transforming a floodplain into a steep rock terrace.
A newly patented method of shoreline erosion control eschews hard structures for flexible ones to absorb the high energy of waves. Wilkinson Ecological Design's soft solution combines beach grass, coconut fiber rolls and sandbags.
As many as 200 trees nearing the end of their natural lives were the only notable winter casualties at Canada's Prince Edward Island National Park, Parks Canada reported. In all, it was a normal season with minor coastal erosion due to a large ice pack that limits wave damage.
Conservation group Upper Missouri Waterkeeper challenged Montana's third issue of stormwater discharge permits, saying the public was barred from providing input on the new standards. However, the state Supreme Court upheld the permits governing six of the state's largest cities and six other entities, asserting that the public had ample opportunity to provide comments.
Eight counties in northwest Indiana now have a one-year reprieve, to 2021, on their requirement to pay for flood control measures on the Kankakee and Yellow rivers. State legislation would raise roughly $3 million annually for bank stabilization, channel reconstruction, sediment removal and related projects.
The flood map for Florida's Pinellas County is getting its first update in 16 years. Among other things, the new map will gauge and expand the area at risk from waves and increase the number of areas designated as high-risk zones.
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