Meet Penelope Register-Shaw, the secret weapon in a new challenger to UPS and FedEx

When Amazon executives asked Penelope Register-Shaw to scale a new kind of delivery program, the logistics veteran saw a chance to right some wrongs. It was 2016 and Amazon had just rolled out its first branded plane — an early sign of its nascent logistics empire. It was eager to reduce its reliance on parcel… Continue reading Meet Penelope Register-Shaw, the secret weapon in a new challenger to UPS and FedEx

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Flexible carbon nanotube fibers woven into clothing gather accurate EKG, heart rate

Rice University graduate student Lauren Taylor shows a shirt with carbon nanotube thread that provides constant monitoring of the wearer’s heart. Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University There’s no need to don uncomfortable smartwatches or chest straps to monitor your heart if your comfy shirt can do a better job.  That’s the idea behind “smart clothing” developed… Continue reading Flexible carbon nanotube fibers woven into clothing gather accurate EKG, heart rate

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Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, and Delta Air Lines will not require employees to get vaccine

Southwest Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines will not require unvaccinated employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, according to CNN. The airlines will not follow the likes of United Airlines, which became the first airline to mandate all workers to get vaccinated by October 25 or risk losing their jobs. According to an internal… Continue reading Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, and Delta Air Lines will not require employees to get vaccine

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Yes, a few climate models give unexpected predictions, but the technology remains a powerful tool

The much-awaited new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is due later today. Ahead of the release, debate has erupted about the computer models at the very heart of global climate projections. Climate models are one of many tools scientists use to understand how the climate changed in the past and what… Continue reading Yes, a few climate models give unexpected predictions, but the technology remains a powerful tool

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Militaries plunder science fiction for technology ideas, but turn a blind eye to the genre's social commentary

Credit: Pavel Chagochkin/Shutterstock Military planning is a complicated endeavor, calling upon experts in logistics and infrastructure to predict resource availability and technological advancements. Long-range military planning, deciding what to invest in now to prepare armed forces for the world in thirty years’ time, is even more difficult. One of the most interesting tools for thinking… Continue reading Militaries plunder science fiction for technology ideas, but turn a blind eye to the genre's social commentary

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Fan of big CPU air coolers? This one weighs 4.4 pounds

We’ve seen some meaty CPU air coolers in the past: Noctua has its 3.3-pound fanless cooler, there’s Thermalright’s 4.1-pound True Copper passive heatsink, and CoolerMaster’s 1.9-pound V8. The IceGiant ProSiphon Elite, which was recently released to the consumer market, weighs 4.4 pounds (2 kilograms), so you’re going to need a sturdy motherboard and roomy case… Continue reading Fan of big CPU air coolers? This one weighs 4.4 pounds

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Key step reached to­ward long-​sought goal of a silicon-​based laser

Scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) images of one of the Ge/SiGe heterostructures at different magnifications. The SiGe layers appear darker. Credit: Università Roma Tre, De Seta Group When it comes to microelectronics, there is one chemical element like no other: silicon, the workhorse of the transistor technology that drives our information society. The countless electronic… Continue reading Key step reached to­ward long-​sought goal of a silicon-​based laser

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Carried with the wind: Mass migration of Larch Budmoth to the Russian High Arctic

Live Larch Budmoth walking on tundra, Vize Island, air temperature +3C, 30.07.2020. Credit: Dr Maria Gavrilo Arctic habitats have fascinated biologists for centuries. Their species-poor insect faunas, however, provide little reward for entomologists—scientists who study insects—to justify spending several weeks or even months in the hostile environments of tundra or polar deserts. As a result,… Continue reading Carried with the wind: Mass migration of Larch Budmoth to the Russian High Arctic

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