A shoebox-size satellite will use the unique environs of space to gauge the smallest level of antibiotic needed to thwart bacteria. The EcAMSat nanosatellite, launched in 2017, will also explore future medical treatments for astronauts.
British biotech firm Oxitec is working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop an Anopheles albimanus strain to control the spread of malaria. The self-limiting mosquitoes will curb the increase of wild malaria vector populations.
Biomedical engineers at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed technology that decodes neuromuscular signals to control powered, prosthetic hands and wrists and provide realistic, intuitive movements. Unlike similar efforts that require machine learning, the new method is based on computer models of natural forearm, wrist and hand movement, and it fills in for the missing bones, joints and muscles, says study leader He Huang.
To become an effective leader, you can practice a number of behaviors and integrate them into your routine. Promote a "culture of forgiveness" in your business, always be learning and open to new ideas, and create a feeling of belonging and inclusion within your team, says Marcel Schwantes, founder of Leadership From the Core.
The 46th annual Baltic Operations exercise wound up last week with Russian forces keeping close tabs. More than 20 countries joined in the two-week event, which involved training for major combat operations.
Ballistic missile defense patrols are putting an undue strain on naval assets, creating an impetus for shifting the mission to shore-based infrastructure, said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson. The nature of the challenge, Richardson said, demands a different solution, and "it's time to build something on land to defend the land."
The Navy is looking to extend the range of its Mark 48 heavyweight torpedo to 50 miles or more to allow for remote targeting of deep-diving subs and advanced surface ships. Aerojet Rocketdyne will work on the range solution, which would serve to keep attack subs out of the reach of their enemy targets.
Naval Sea Systems Command has tapped Q.E.D. Systems to maintain the Navy's littoral combat ships. The $15 million contract allows for purchase of long lead time materials to provide support on both coasts and outside the US.
The Navy's new littoral combat ship, the USS Manchester, will be able to cruise at more than 40 knots with its two GE Marine Solutions LM2500 marine gas turbines. Each churns out more than 29,500 horsepower on the Manchester, the Navy's 12th LCS.
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