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A Purdue team is transforming shrimp shell material into a functional device for generating electricity. (Image: Purdue University)

Device Turns Shells of Sea Creatures Into Power

– to create triboelectric nanogenerators. TENGs help conserve mechanical energy and turn it into power.“We have taken an innovative approach to using typically wasted shell material and turned it into functional, self-powered devices,” said Wenzhuo Wu, the Ravi and Eleanor Talwar Rising Star Assistant Professor of industrial engineering in Purdue’s College of Engineering, who led the development team.The chitosan-based TENGs present efficient energy conversion performance and tunable biodegradation rate.“Such a new class of TENGs derived from natural biomaterials may pave

RENDERING OF NEW VIKING SHIP: This rendering shows what the new Viking expedition ships will look like, including the hangar for launching small vessels. Credit: Viking

NOAA-Viking Public Private Partnership, a Win-win for Research

There was important cruise news in January: Viking – a premier European ocean and river cruise company - will offer two new “destination-focused travel experiences,” starting in 2022.  One set of cruises becomes Viking’s first foray in the inland North American market, in this case the Great Lakes.  Another set of cruises will head to the Arctic and Antarctica.  Viking is building two new vessels: the Viking Octantis and the Viking Polaris, under construction now in Norway, by Fincantieri’s VARD.In a press release Viking writes that it has created “the

(Photo: NOAA)

Safeguarding the Titanic Resting Place

to New York. With more than 2,200 passengers and crew members aboard, the vessel tragically became one of the world’s legendary shipwrecks.The Titanic was one of the largest and most luxurious vessels of its time. At nearly 900 feet in length and displacing 52,000 tons, it was the pride of the White Star Line. On the evening of April 14, 1912, the ship collided with an iceberg and sank a few hours later, taking more than 1,500 passengers and crew to the icy depths of the Atlantic Ocean.For decades, the wreck’s precise location was unknown until it was discovered in 1985, by a joint U.S.-French

A reefscape in the highly-protected Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen), Cuba provides habitat and feeding grounds for large numbers of fish, including top predators like sharks and groupers. (Photo by Amy Apprill, ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

How Microbes Reflect the Health of Coral Reefs

, and the University of California, Santa Barbara. For more information, visit Amy Apprill's lab.Funding for this work was provided by OceanX and the National Science Foundation.Nearshore reefs in the heavily-impacted Florida Keys show unhealthier corals and less marine life. This mountainous star coral (Orbicella faveolata) from offshore Summerland Key shows patches of dead coral, now overgrown with algae. (Photo by Amy Apprill, ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Jim Milne, center, with Balmoral Comtec directors Gary Yeoman, Bill Main, Allan Robertson and Fraser Milne (Photo: Balmoral)

Balmoral Scoops Three Awards

in recent weeks.Earlier this month, the company picked up two prizes at the Energy Industries Council (EIC) national awards in the ‘Service and Solutions’ and ‘Collaboration’ categories. The week before, it secured the ‘Inspiration from Innovation’ gong at the Northern Star Business Awards.The privately-owned company noted it has won many other accolades since its inception in 1980, including three Queen’s Awards.The buoyancy, protection and insulation products provider said the awards come as it is going through a process of market repositioning. Balmoral is moving

(Photo: Saipem)

Saipem Wins BP Azerbaijan Job

Saipem, in consortium with Boshelf LLC and STAR GULF FZCO, has recently been awarded three new contracts by BP for the development of the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli oil and gas (ACG) field offshore Azerbaijan.Saipem has been a key contractor in this field since the 1990s. Located in the Caspian Sea at approximately 120 kilometers from the coast of Azerbaijan, the field extends over an area of more than 4,000 square kilometers and is one of the largest of its kind in the world.Specifically, two contracts are for pipeline design, pipelay and related activities, while the third is for transportation and

CODA Elects Plumb to Board of Directors

at the company’s annual meeting of stockholders.Captain J. Charles Plumb is a retired U.S. Navy fighter pilot and former Vietnam Prisoner of War. He retired from the United States Navy after 28 years of service, and his military honors include two Purple Hearts, the Legion of Merit, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and the P.O.W. Medal. Since his retirement, Captain Plumb has been a motivational speaker, consultant, and executive coach. His clients include the U.S. Navy, NASA, General Motors, FedEx, Hilton, Aflac, and BMW.During Captain Plumb’s tour in Vietnam, five days before the

Photo Credit: American Oil & Gas Historical Society

#Oi2020: Drill Bit Rescue from 30,000 ft.

Drilling wells more than three miles deep in the late 1960s was something that GHK Company and partner Lone Star Producing Company believed would product massive amounts of natural gas. The two companies that began this project discovered in 1974 that South of Burns Flat in Washita County their Bertha Rogers No. 1 rig would reach almost six miles deep, following a deep-sea fishing trip. Averaging 60 feet per day, the rig (at that time) was destined to become the world’s deepest well. However, following 16 months of drilling, the rotary rig drill stem sheared from the stem, causing more than

3D photogrammetry Imagery of the stern section of the USS S-28 lost 75 years ago on July 4th, 1944.

US Navy Sub Discovery Validated

of July 4. Navy's search of the area did not reveal the location of the submarine and two days later, a diesel oil slick appeared in the area. Later, a Navy Court of Inquiry could not determine the cause of the loss. During her service during WWII, she completed six war patrols and earned one battle star."We're thankful for the care and attention Tim and his team took in locating the wreck. Because of their efforts, we now know the final resting place of our shipmates. This discovery helps to ensure their service will always be remembered, honored and valued and we hope provides some measure

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