How Prisons Can Keep Their Skies Drone-Free

Razor wire on a fence

(DGIwire) – Prisoners don’t usually expect contraband to drop from the skies. But on July 29, 2016, that’s just what happened at Mansfield Correctional Institution in Mansfield, OH. According to CNN, a drone flew over the prison yard and dropped a package containing 144.5 grams of tobacco, 65.4 grams of marijuana and 6.6 grams of […]

Preventing Drone Crashes: When National Security Depends On It

Silhouette of man with flying drone in nature at dusk.

(DGIwire) – Keeping small drones from smashing into things is a big challenge. According to a recent article in IEEE Spectrum, these flying devices often don’t have the payload capacity for sensors needed for real-time avoidance of trees or power lines. Now a team of drone researchers at the University of Pennsylvania has devised a […]

3D-Printed Vertebrae: A Landmark Surgery

Cervical Vertebrae

(DGIwire) – In late 2015, a neurosurgeon at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, Australia, met a patient who suffered from a form of cancer called chordroma, according to a Mashable report. The patient had a tumor in a particularly inaccessible location: two vertebrae at the top of the neck involved in rotation of […]

Landing Enemy Drones Safely: Here Comes the Technology

Drone delivers the goods against the background of New York at s

(DGIwire) – It’s always impressive to see a drone take flight. But what may be even more impressive, according to a recent report in Silicon Beat, is the ability to safely land a hostile drone before it is able to do any damage. One device, unveiled in October 2016 at the PacSec 2016 security conference […]

3D Medical Printing: A Tool Against Tongue Cancer

Close up of African woman with white teeth smiling and sticking tongue out

(DGIwire) – When a 53-year-old man came to Health Care Global in Bangalore, India, complaining of a mouth ulcer, at first that’s all the doctors found, according to 3DPrint.com. As he had been treated for tongue cancer two years previously, however, an MRI was taken, and the results weren’t good—the tumor had returned and was […]

A World’s Record for Aerospace 3D Printed Parts

Engine of airplane.

(DGIwire) – What is the largest solid 3D-printed part ever made? According the Guinness Book of World Records, as of August 2016, the record-holder comes from the aerospace industry. That month, Guinness awarded this accolade jointly to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee and aerospace company Boeing, for a 3D-printed trim tool used […]

China’s Capital City Makes Smart Energy Choice

Shanghai Skyline at Night

(DGIwire) – China is staking a claim as a global center of clean energy. As reported in MIT Technology Review, ambitious policies in the world’s most populous nation are helping to drive both the manufacturing of solar panels and wind turbines, along with the development of large markets for renewable energy. Meanwhile, notes The Wall […]

Industrial Internet of Things: Ensuring Quality Control on the Factory Floor

factory car production line

(DGIwire) – Many people have heard of the Internet of Things, in which everyday objects have network connectivity allowing them to send and receive data. This paradigm has already started transforming the world of industry in myriad ways. At its core, the so-called Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is about using Big Data to create […]

Golden State Makes a Clean and Green Power Choice

Above San Francisco's McCovey Cove

(DGIwire) – Despite ongoing challenges in the energy industry, oil and gas producers are starting to look for creative ways to reduce their operational costs and meet increasingly stringent requirements surround the flaring of excess gas into the atmosphere. One bold step is now being taken by the industry in the Golden State: in August […]

Saying Hello to Safer Flame Retardants Inside the Home

Jeans burning

(DGIwire) – What chemicals are present within the dust inside people’s houses? A recent study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology—and subsequently reported on by CNN in September 2016—shared some important news. As CNN noted, researchers from George Washington University determined that 45 toxic chemicals are commonly found in house dust, with 10 […]

Paper Mill Powers Up in Belarus

Grodno, Belarus. City landscape

(DGIwire) – Encompassing 80,000 square miles in Eastern Europe, the Republic of Belarus is renowned for its architecture, grand fortifications and primeval forests. But the country may soon be known for something else as well: energy innovation. In July 2016, Capstone Turbine Corporation announced it had shipped two of its C1000 microturbines to upgrade an […]

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