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Article ID: 700802

Physicists Train Robotic Gliders to Soar Like Birds

University of California San Diego

Scientists know that upward currents of warm air assist birds in flight. To understand how birds find and navigate these thermal plumes, researchers used reinforcement learning to train gliders to autonomously navigate atmospheric thermals. The research highlights the role of vertical wind accelerations and roll-wise torques as viable biological cues for soaring birds. The findings also provide a navigational strategy that directly applies to the development of UAVs.

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19-Sep-2018 4:05 PM EDT
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    13-Sep-2018 8:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 700380

John Christian Named AIAA Associate Fellow

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

John Christian, assistant professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been elected to the Class of 2019 Associate Fellows of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

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12-Sep-2018 8:15 AM EDT

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Article ID: 699848

DHS S&T Awards $3.5M to Improve X-Ray Detection Technology

Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

The DHS Science and Technology Directorate has awarded a total of nearly $3.5 million in funding to three new R&D projects designed to improve the threat detection capabilities of current X-ray technologies for checked baggage systems.

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30-Aug-2018 4:35 PM EDT
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Article ID: 699340

UAH wind tunnel will be used to study gas turbine hot section components

University of Alabama Huntsville

The wind tunnel at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) Johnson Research Center (JRC) will be used to provide data to research gas turbine hot section components at engine conditions.

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22-Aug-2018 10:05 AM EDT

Article ID: 699262

Fly High and Far with Asia’s First Fully Solar-Powered Quadcopter Drone Created by NUS Students

National University of Singapore

A team from the National University of Singapore Faculty of Engineering has developed Asia’s first fully solar-powered quadcopter drone. The aircraft has flown above 10 metres in test flights and achieved controllable flight without the use of batteries.

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21-Aug-2018 4:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 698171

Snapshot: S&T Tests Face and Iris Recognition Systems during Biometric Technology Rally

Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

DHS S&T's first Biometric Technology Rally, held in March at S&T’s Maryland Test Facility (MdTF), aimed to eliminate these obstacles by testing face and face/iris recognition systems. The MdTF designed a standard security checkpoint process to test the ability of biometric identity systems to acquire and match images from a diverse volunteer population within a realistic time constraint.

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27-Jul-2018 1:05 PM EDT
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    19-Jul-2018 12:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 697596

Aeronautical Engineering Students Share First Place in AIAA Paper Competition

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Two aeronautical engineering students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute shared first place in the 2018 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Multidisciplinary Design Optimization student paper competition.

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18-Jul-2018 12:05 PM EDT

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Article ID: 697111

Representing with Flying Colors

University of North Dakota

Her name is “Evelyn,” and she’ll be screaming across the Texas sky today representing UND on the first leg of the annual 2,400-mile Air Race Classic.

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17-Jul-2018 2:05 PM EDT

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