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Tiny robots could wend their way through aircraft engines
Rolls-Royce is working on solutions for inspecting and maintaining aircraft engines in the form of snakelike and insec-tlike robots that could maneuver themselves into an engine's many tight spots. It is also pursuing pencil-thin robots that would be permanently placed in the engine and could reduce the cost and time of maintenance work. https://newatlas.com/rolls-royce-robot-roach-airplane-engine/55510/
Researchers testing virtual traffic lights
Engineer Rusheng Zhang and researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh have launched a pilot project for vehicle-to-vehicle technology that could substitute traffic lights with virtual alternatives. Virtual Traffic Lights technology is being tested in Pittsburgh and could solve traffic congestion by incorporating vehicle-to-vehicle technology with the sharing of GPS data, direction of moving cars, maps and speed of vehicles. https://www.zdnet.com/article/virtual-replacement-for-traffic-lights-given-green-light-for-pilot-tests/
Is It Important to Know How a Robot is ‘Feeling”?
Talking about your feelings can be difficult. Now imagine if you’re a robot. https://www.techbriefs.com/component/content/article/tb/stories/blog/32428
How teachers are using AI-powered tech
Some educators are using artificial-intelligence-powered teaching assistants to help improve outcomes for students. A Washington school district is using the technology to predict whether students will graduate on time and thereby improve graduation rates, while educators in a New Jersey elementary school are using AI assistants to support students studying science, technology, engineering and math. https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/06/teachers-are-turning-ai-solutions-assistance
Flow battery development holds high potential for storage
Flow batteries, which have fluid cathode and anode material, hold tremendous potential for storing energy on a large scale but are costly and dangerous due to the chemicals used. Stanford researchers believe they have a solution with a sodium and potassium metal used on the negative side of the battery, a water-based liquid on the positive side, and, in between, a ceramic membrane made out of potassium and aluminum oxide, thus keeping the cost and the peril down. https://newatlas.com/liquid-metal-flow-battery/55545/
Bacteria is key to solar cell that's effective on cloudy days
Researchers at the University of British Columbia genetically engineered E. coli to create biogenic solar cells so sensitive to light that they generate power even on cloudy days. The bacteria were designed to overproduce photosynthesis-friendly lycopene and then were coated in a semiconductor material to be affixed to a glass plate. https://newatlas.com/bacteria-solar-cell/55339/
Posted by Carol Tower on Jul 24, 2018 2:57 PM America/New_York