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Exoskeletons: A promising development for construction site safety

August 8, 2022
The construction industry has consistently ranked as one of the most hazardous career fields, with its heavy lifting and reliance on large machinery creating heightened risk for sometimes permanently d

Preparing for the Challenge of Rogue Quantum Computing

August 3, 2022
Four new cryptographic algorithms stand between us .... and them. These four algorithms were recently selected by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for use throughout the United States. They will be standardized in a process that takes up to two years, and then migrated into existing systems for protecting both government and private industry data. The review and evaluation of the algorithms took NIST 6 years to complete.

The (good) Monsters Inside You

July 28, 2022
Small robots capable of moving around inside the human body have been developed for some time, and are already in use in multiple capacities. They can deliver some medications and assist in photographing deep recesses of the body, among other tasks. But improvements are needed if they are ever to realize their promise.

Is Tech Employment Drying Up?

July 26, 2022
Tech is a challenging, demanding career. But, it has its compensations. Tech careers are intellectually rewarding, with constant opportunities to learn new skills. Tech jobs can also be deeply satisfying, offering employees a chance to solve real-world problems and make an impact. And, let’s get real–tech employment is known to be one of the most reliable, predictable sources of well-paid and long-term career opportunities. Serious students mapping their futures often begin and end at the STEM professions–why look any further, when the science and technology fields offer so many lucrative possibilities? Perhaps this is why recent news of tech layoffs and hiring slowdowns have thrown such a chill on the industry. Undergrads and grads alike are wondering: did I choose wrong? Is it too late to correct course? What do I do now?

Major Problems for Microchips

July 25, 2022
The convenience of the modern world largely relies on the small technologies that we never even see—computer chips being one of the prime conductors in devices including cell phones, cars, and medical equipment. Unfortunately, like many products made scarce by the Covid-19 pandemic, computer chips are facing a major shortage, and manufacturers are desperate to find a solution.

Starlink vs. 5G: The Internet Space Race

July 18, 2022
As modern civilization continues to demand stronger, faster, more powerful internet service, companies are racing to be the most attractive option. Two of the most dominant providers in the race are currently battling it out, apparently physically unable to share the market.

Patience, Patience... Biobatteries Really ARE the Future

July 13, 2022
Biobatteries–batteries based on biological processes–have been around for over a decade. So why can’t you run your flashlight on them yet? Although exciting in concept, the first generation of biobatteries lacked realistic application. Generally based on glucose metabolism, early biobatteries measured energy generation “success” in minutes–or less.

Widespread Blackouts Possible as Climate Change Stresses Nation's Infrastructure

June 30, 2022
With the effects of climate change continuing to spread and worsen throughout the nation, mass power outages are predicted to ravage over half the United States this coming summer.

Ergonomics and Exercise: Getting Ahead of the Game

June 28, 2022
While one may not think of gaming as a particularly physical activity, there are quite a few injuries and ailments that can arise from spending too long behind a screen. From wrist issues like Carpal tunnel and Tendonitis to eye strain, there are plenty of things to look out for while enjoying casual or competitive video gameplay.

Innovation in Construction: Finding New Methods of Sustainability

June 27, 2022
The construction industry is a dynamic industry that builds the foundation of our communities, quite literally.