Privacy advocates take note, if researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have their way, law enforcement officials will soon detect terrorists, kidnappers, and other bad boys though walls and doors with a new radar flashlight. The radar device sends out electromagnetic energy and then detects a return signal that indicates the presence of persons based on their respiration. Results are displayed as bar graphs on a screen, which rise and fall in rhythmic response to the respiration of the person on the other side of the wall. The device works through brick, wood, plasterboard, glass, and concrete walls up to eight inches thick and at distances of up to approximately ten feet. The Georgia Institute of Technology has filed a patent for the device. For more information, contact Gene Greneker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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