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Engineering Newswire: Autonomous Ship To Cross Atlantic

This Engineering Newswire looks at highlighting space station benefits to humanity, diagnosing brain injuries with color changing film and sailing across the Atlantic on an autonomous ship.

This Engineering Newswire looks at highlighting space station benefits to humanity, diagnosing brain injuries with color changing film and sailing across the Atlantic on an autonomous ship.

Unexpected Discoveries from 200 Miles above the Earth

Since 1998, the International Space Station has been a unique scientific platform that has enabled more than 2,400 researchers in 83 different locations to conduct more than 1,700 experiments in microgravity.

In a new book, ISS Benefits for Humanity 2015, NASA highlights the contributions of this unique lab currently orbiting the Earth.

Polymer Signals Traumatic Brain Injuries

Bomb blasts or rough tackles can inflict serious brain injuries, but the real damage isn’t always apparent. The ability to immediately diagnose if someone has sustained a brain injury could limit the damage years down the road.

A team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania are tackling this issue head on with the development of a new material that could be incorporated into headgear to immediately diagnose the severity of blows.

Autonomous Research Ship to Cross Atlantic

A few years from now you may encounter a crewless ship crossing the Atlantic Ocean. The Mayflower Autonomous Research Ship (MARS) plans to sail itself from Plymouth, England to Plymouth, Massachusetts in 2020.

The trimaran will be about 32.5 meters long and 16.8 meters across, with a glass/aramid/foam composite hull and a carbon composite deck. By using one or both of its sails, the autonomous ship will be able to travel at a speed of up to 20 knots.

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