How Prisons Can Keep Their Skies Drone-Free

(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

(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

(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

(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

(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

(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 […]

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

(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 […]

Saying Hello to Safer Flame Retardants Inside the Home

(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 […]

Intense Debate Over Chemicals in Tents

(DGIwire) – A night spent camping in a tent under a starry sky: what better way to commune with Mother Nature? Ironically, however, some have raised red flags about whether this activity is as healthy as it sounds—due to the presence of certain types of chemicals in the tent fabric. According to a recent article […]

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