Ice developing on the wings of aircraft during flight is responsible for many disasters. Two of the most notable deaths attributed to such crashes are Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. Ice is also responsible for dozens of flight cancellations and delays at airports today. New software developed at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) helps pilots detect icing potential in the atmosphere. Current Icing Potential (CIP) maps plot cloud droplets, freezing rain, and drizzle that form ice on aircraft wings and provide a Web-based display indicating icing conditions. "The CIP product has continued to provide users with valuable information on where to expect areas of in-flight icing since it became operational a few months ago," says Gregory Burke, director of the Office of Air Traffic Systems Development at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). For more information, go to http://cdm.aviationweather.noaa.gov.
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
Airbus Defence and Space has 3D printed titanium brackets for communications satellites. The redesigned, one-piece 3D-printed brackets have better thermal resistance than conventionally manufactured parts, can be produced faster, cost 20% less, and save about 1 kg of weight per satellite.
A group of researchers at the Seoul National University have discovered a way to take material from cigarette butts and turn it into a carbon-based material that’s ideal for storing energy and creating a powerful supercapacitor.
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