US military sticks techno-specs on crack canines in command experiment The US Army will give military dogs augmented-reality goggles and walkie-talkies to work out whether the technology can help them better assist soldiers on the battlefield.…
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Military dogs can expertly hunt everything from bombs to terrorist leaders, and the Army thinks these new goggles could make them even more effective.
(Duke University) Interactive software that 'reads' and analyzes footprints left by black rhinoceroses can be used to monitor the movements of the animals in the wild, giving conservationists a new way to keep watch on the endangered species and help keep it safe from poachers, according to a Duke University-led study.
(U.S. Army Research Laboratory) Chemical weapons pose a serious threat to civilian and warfighter lives, but technology from the U.S. Army Small Business Technology Transfer program reduces those risks. Researchers developed a product to detect chemical weapons accurately at low concentration levels. Active Army, Reserve and National Guard units started to receive the Chemical Agent Disclosure Spray and the Contamination Indicator/Decontamination Assurance System, known as CIDAS. The Army is fielding it to all units in areas where there is a threat of chemical agents.
- Industry figures show the global rate of solar energy installations grew by 30 percent in one recent year, and the average cost of installing solar has fallen from $7 per watt to $2.8 per watt, making rooftop solar attractive to many more homeowners.But the progress of rooftop installations is often slowed by a shortage of trained professionals who must use expensive tools to conduct labor-intensive structure assessments one by one, say scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.To automate the process at present, say UMass Amherst College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) researchers led by Prashant Shenoy and Subhransu Maji, requires expensive three-dimensional aerial maps using LIDAR technology not available for many areas.Now their team is proposing a new, data-driven approach that uses machine learning techniques and widely available satellite images to identify roofs that have the most potential to produce cost-effective solar power.Shenoy, Maji and colleagues are presenting their new "DeepRoof" tool this week at the 25th Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (ACM SIGKDD) conference in Anchorage, Alaska.As Stephen Lee, a Ph.D. student at CICS and lead author, points out, "Solar potential estimation of a roof can substantially benefit homeowners deciding to adopt solar," but "current automated tools work only for cities and towns where LIDAR data is available, thereby limiting their reach to just a few places in the world."
(San Antonio, March 25, 2019) -- Banglin Chen, Ph.D., a highly prolific chemistry researcher at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), has been awarded the distinguished Humboldt Research Award.The award recognizes a researcher's entire achievements to date and is granted to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories and insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline, and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.Chen, the Dean's Distinguished Chair Professor of Chemistry, arrived at UTSA in 2009 and credits the warm weather, tenure position and a beautiful city of San Antonio as convincing his family to make the move.He also worked with researchers Omar M. Yaghi at the University of Michigan, Stephen Lee at Cornell University and Andrew W. Maverick at Louisiana State University as a postdoctoral fellow (2000-2003) before joining the faculty at UT-Pan American in 2003.In 2011, he was ranked as one of the top 100 chemists over the past decade based on his citation impact factor.Each year, from 2014 to 2018, he was chosen as a highly cited researcher by Thomson Reuters and Clarivate Analytics.
Now it appears that a similar phenomenon called shear shock wave occurs in the concussed brain.It may help explain why some head knocks cause so much more harm than others."We've observed for the first time this particular wave phenomenon in the brain, and we think it could be a primary mechanism of neural injury in many types of head trauma," says Gianmarco Pinton, PhD, an assistant professor in the Joint UNC-NC State Department of Biomedical Engineering.Pinton, research assistant professor David Espindola, PhD, and research technician Stephen Lee described their observations in a paper published in Physical Review Applied.For several years, Pinton has been trying to develop better ultrasound imaging techniques for tracking shear waves in living tissue.He's been focused on the study of impact-induced shear waves, which jostle tissue with relatively slow, side-to-side forces, in contrast to the better-studied compression waves that travel in the direction of impact at the speed of sound.
So I turned to Stephen Lee, the founder of ChariPick, a unique app-driven charity platform that allows people to give $1 a day to high quality non-profits and charitable organizations.Prior to founding ChariPick, Lee worked at Fortune 500 companies, private-equity firms and hedge funds.However, as Lee notes, “You have limited people and finances, so you will be able to explain your mission better and help more people by limiting your scope.He continues, "For example, while a non-profit helping treat all diseases for all ages of people in Africa is important, it’s a better deployment of resources and an easier message to communicate if you are focusing on underfed and uneducated children in one particular country in Africa.”A simple, but often misunderstood, facet of successful marketing is having a mission, social concept and brand that your audience can understand clearly.Lee advises that you “challenge yourself to explain the purpose of your organization in one brief sentence.
Business Insider reports that while half of surveyed managers believe money is important to millennials, only 27 per cent of actual millennials feel the same way.For companies already committed to social responsibility, this is good news.Google s reputation as one of the top 100 places to work is bolstered by their reputation as one of the premier socially conscious organizations; it s no wonder 20 percent of millennials say they want to work at Google.I work in an office full of millennials, where corporate social responsibility is beginning to make its presence known.One organization my co-workers at Mabbly and I recently collaborated with is Cuisine for Cancer, a nonprofit fundraiser hosted by Stephen Lee of ChariPick.org and Jonny Imerman of Imerman Angels.Encouraging my team to help out was easy: all of us were sold on the idea of having fun while giving back at the same time, so we jumped right into building Cuisine for Cancer s website.When millennials were asked to donate by their peers, roughly 46 percent of millennial employers complied.Interestingly, when supervisors and CEOs asked their young employees to donate, less than 30 percent gave back, suggesting that millennials are more likely to comply with a request from co-workers than a higher-ranking executive.With millennials projected to make up 50 percent of the workforce by 2020, there is value in exploiting their passions.Companies need to think beyond a 401 k plan and fancy company perks to attract and keep millennials engaged as employees.
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