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Mirrors, Driver Safety, math, Mathematics, Automotive

Driving Without a Blind Spot May Be Closer Than It Appears

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A side mirror that eliminates the dangerous “blind spot” for drivers has now received a U.S. patent. The subtly curved mirror, invented by Drexel University mathematics professor Dr. R. Andrew Hicks, dramatically increases the field of view with minimal distortion. designed his mirror using a mathematical algorithm that precisely controls the angle of light bouncing off of the curving mirror, similar to manipulating the direction of each tiny mirror face on a disco ball to make a smooth, nonuniform curve.

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Nuclear, Nuclear Weapons, Lawrence Livermore Labs, Supercomputer Simulations, Engineering, Computer Engineering

Nuclear Weapon Simulations Show Performance in Detail

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U.S. researchers are perfecting simulations that show a nuclear weapon's performance in molecular detail, which is critical because international treaties forbid the detonation of nuclear test weapons.

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New Model of Geological Strata May Aid Oil Extraction, Water Recovery and Earth History Studies

Sandia modeling study contradicts a long-held belief of geologists that pore sizes and chemical compositions are uniform throughout a given strata, which are horizontal slices of sedimentary rock. By understanding the variety of pore sizes and spatial patterns in strata, geologists can help achieve more production from underground oil reservoirs and water aquifers. Better understanding also means more efficient use of potential underground carbon storage sites, and better evaluations of the possible movement of radionuclides in nuclear waste depositories to determine how well the waste will be isolated.

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Rocky Mountains, Civil Engineering, K-State, Kansas State University, Nitrate, dust

Civil Engineering Professor Part of Team Researching Effects of Dust Deposits on Soil Formation, Water Quality in Rocky Mountains

Researchers are studying the effects of wind deposition of dust and other particulates, such as pollen or bacteria, on water quality and soil formation.

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Arizona high schools, best Arizona high school, arizona engineering, University Of Arizona, Engineering Schools, College Of Engineering, STEM in Arizona, engineering in high school, ENGR 102, UA Engineering

Best Arizona High Schools Have One Thing in Common: Early Exposure to Engineering

Seven of the top 15 high schools in Arizona ranked by U.S. News & World Report offer ENGR 102 HS, the engineering introduction course from the University of Arizona College of Engineering.

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Manufacturing, Casting, investment casting, mold

Process Could Transform Manufacture of Complex Parts

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Researchers have developed a novel technology that could change how industry designs and casts complex, costly metal parts. This new casting method makes possible faster prototype development times, as well as more efficient and cost-effective manufacturing procedures.

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Manufacturing, Concrete, digital design, Construction, Architecture, Engineering

New Technique Allows Mass Production of Building Components

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Researchers are automating some of the processes by which computer-based designs are turned into real world entities, developing techniques that fabricate building elements directly from digital designs, and allowing custom components to be manufactured rapidly and at low cost.

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Diagnostics, Portable Devices, Medical Diagnostics, Global Health, University of Washington, Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering

Portable Diagnostics Designed to Be Shaken, Not Stirred

A textured surface mimics a lotus leaf to move drops of liquid in particular directions. The low-cost system could be used in portable medical or environmental tests.

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arizona engineering, University Of Arizona, smartdrive, Maricopa County DOT, Usdot, connected vehicles, Systems Engineering, Traffic Engineering

Connected Traffic System for Emergency Responders is Demonstrated in Arizona

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A prototype "smart drive" connected traffic system developed by University of Arizona and Maricopa County engineers that can clear red light signals and warn of traffic tie-ups is demonstrated in Anthem.

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Materials Science, GST, computer memory, phase-change material

Thanks for the Memory: More Room for Data in ‘Phase-Change’ Material

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Engineers have discovered previously unknown properties of a common computer memory material, paving the way for new memory drives, movie discs and computer systems that absorb data more quickly, last longer and allow far more capacity than current data storage media.







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