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No-Power Wi-Fi Connectivity Could Fuel Internet of Things Reality

University of Washington engineers have designed a new communication system that uses radio frequency signals as a power source and reuses existing Wi-Fi infrastructure to provide Internet connectivity to battery-free devices.

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More California Gas Stations Can Provide H2 Than Previously Thought

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A study by researchers at Sandia National Laboratories concludes that a number of existing gas stations in California can safely store and dispense hydrogen, suggesting a broader network of hydrogen fueling stations may be within reach.

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The Future of High-Speed Rail in the U.S. And Beyond

Wayne State University, in partnership with the University of Michigan and Drexel University, has launched a two-and-a-half-year study of the imagination — or l'imaginaire — of high-speed rail (HSR) in America. The study is part of a larger comparative international study piloted by Dr. Max Bergman at the University of Basel and led by French, American, South African, Indian and Chinese research teams that is exploring the role of the “imaginaries” in choices relative to train and rail infrastructures. In other words, the study will examine what motivates decision makers (both leaders and users) in regard to championing or using trains both in and of themselves and within the context of the future of transportation as a whole.

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Global Survey and Interactive Map Score Urban Developments That Embrace Low-Emission Transportation to Grow Cities of the Future

A global catalog of 50 urban developments on six continents maps out the growing trend of Transit-Oriented Development (TOD). The survey, compiled by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), using its TOD Standard evaluation tool, shows which projects connect people conveniently, affordably and safely to jobs, shopping, education and other opportunities that cities provide.

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Is the Power Grid too Big?

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Researchers are asking whether there is a "right" size for the U.S. power grid; they believe that smaller grids would reduce the likelihood of severe outages, such as the 2003 Northeast blackout, likening the grid behavior to sandpiles: “Sandpiles are stable until you get to a certain height. Then you add one more grain and the whole thing starts to avalanche.”

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'Super Circles' to Lessen Rush-Hour Headaches

While Mother Nature continues to challenge drivers across the country, a team of traffic engineers is working hard on a new way to make rush-hour commutes safer and faster in any weather. “We can’t do much about snow falling, but we can do something about road capacity and congestion,” said Joseph Hummer, traffic engineering expert and Wayne State University College of Engineering chair of civil and environmental engineering.

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Widespread Rural Broadband Essential to Success of Schools and Businesses

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GW Bridge Study Excuse Like Dropping a Brick on Your Foot to See if It Hurts

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Story Tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, January 2014

1) The road to efficiency. 2) Zero Energy Ready Homes. 3) Cross-disciplinary research is yielding new insight into the carbon cycle, contaminated soils and soil fertility.

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Amazon Drones? Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Experts Available

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Nationally Recognized Expert on Train Wrecks Can Speak on Rail Disasters

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Crumbling Bridges Causing Traffic Chaos in #MTL, @EncsConcordia Prof Can Share His Expertise on Quebec's Bridges

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Typhoon Haiyan, Typhoon, Philippines

Villanova Professors Available to Discuss Issues Facing the Philippines Post Super Typhoon Haiyan and What the U.S. Needs to Do to Help

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Typhoon Haiyan, Storm Surge, Flooding, Tsunami

Haiyan’s Storm Surges Reached 20-Feet, Expert Available to Explain Science

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Amazon Sunday-Delivery Deal a Holiday Gift to Postal Service with Sagging Prospects

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Tappan Zee Bridge a Smart Bet for Feds, Great Example for Nation

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‘Shakers’ Help Engineers Develop Inexpensive System for Testing Condition of Bridges

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Engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas have developed a novel dynamic testing system for characterizing and evaluating the structural condition of short- to medium-span bridges – structures up to 300 feet long.

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An Engineer’s Focus on Fixing the Nation’s Infrastructure Gains Momentum

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If the U.S. is to meet important challenges of the 21st century, a new paradigm for the building and retrofitting of critical pipeline infrastructure system will be required, one that addresses the conflicting goals of diverse economic, environment, societal, and policy interests, according to Sunil Sinha of Virginia Tech's College of Engineering who has led the development of a National Pipeline Infrastructure Database.

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Report: Universal Access to Infrastructure Will Not Be Reached by 2060

Though countries will likely improve their infrastructure networks substantially in the future, the current path points to millions of people without access to basic infrastructure, even by 2060, a new report finds.

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Chicago/Midwest Heat Wave Threatens Health with Dangerous Temps: Smart Grid Expert on Protecting Power, Life-Saving Air Conditioners

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