Online crowdsourcing and robotics will soon combine to help clean up the Chicago River. A battery-powered floating robot is equipped with a beaklike tool to grab floating garbage as directed by users online taking turns at the controls.
Nanoparticles may provide an answer where few good options exist to fight glioblastoma, an especially pernicious form of brain cancer. The liposome particles developed by researchers at MIT are capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier and delivering two types of carefully selected cancer-fighting drugs.
Steve Jobs demanded brutally honest feedback from his underlings but realized they'd naturally be reluctant to deliver such frank assessments. To overcome this hesitance, Jobs would assemble his team and then alternate repeatedly between two simple questions -- What's working? and What isn't? -- asked of individual members.
The USS Milwaukee and crew proved themselves capable of managing a complex warfighting environment as they conducted a live-fire exercise off the coast of Virginia. The May 11 exercise included the downing of fast inshore attack craft targets by four Longbow Hellfire missiles.
The Block IV Tactical Tomahawk missile is being fitted with a system to detect vessels at sea as the Navy seeks to turn the missile into an anti-ship weapon. Raytheon is doing the work and will provide updated test units.
The arrival of the destroyer USS Milius in Asia brings the Navy's 7th Fleet surface fleet back to 11, but that remains short of the 12 that had been planned before a series of damaging collisions. There are no immediate plans to add another ship, meaning the operational effects of the collisions will persist.
Construction has begun on Arleigh Burke-class destroyers at Bath Iron Works in Maine and Huntington Ingalls Industries in Mississippi. The latest ships will be baseline 9 (DDG-124) and baseline 10 (DDG-125) IAMD destroyers boasting the latest defenses against air warfare and ballistic missiles.
Commissioning of the USS Manchester is set for Saturday in Portsmouth, N.H. It will be the second US warship to bear that name; the first entered service in 1946 and operated in the Korean War.
The unique research and secret-mission submarine NR-1 is no longer in service, but the control room of the mini-vessel is being preserved at the US Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport, Wash. The nuclear-powered sub was the brainchild of Adm. Hyman Rickover and was designed with wheels for ocean-floor intelligence missions after the Cold War USS Thresher disaster.
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