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Indra announces plans for the world’s largest V2H technology trial
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Indra announces plans for the world’s largest V2H technology trial

Indra, a British smart energy technology business, has announced plans to conduct the world’s largest V2H trial later this year. Based in the UK, the R&D project will involve more than 500 participants and will further strengthen Indra’s position as a pioneer of domestic bi-directional electric vehicle (EV) charging. V2H technology allows energy stored in the battery of an electric vehicle to power domestic electricity supply. Credit: Indra Indra’s pilot data indicates that V2H technology can generate average savings of up to £200 per month on a household energy bill, with higher energy users able to save more, and the trial will collate real-world data for a minimum of 12 months. EV drivers can register their...
Effectively Treating Heart Failure: New Technology on the Horizon
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Effectively Treating Heart Failure: New Technology on the Horizon

The current standard of care for heart failure (HF) is guideline-directed medical therapy combined with device-based interventions in eligible patients. However, many patients experience progressive deterioration in their HF status that warrants additional intervention. Consequently, each year, the lack of efficient treatment options for more than 75% of new heart failure patients leaves about 200,000 waiting for their disease to worsen while their health and quality of life deteriorate. While there have been many advances over the years, it is becoming increasingly clear that medical devices, including mechanical circulatory support (MCS), will enhance HF management and improve patient outcomes. The development of new device technologies associated with tailored medical management will l...
Four space station astronauts prep for overnight undocking, early Friday splashdown
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Four space station astronauts prep for overnight undocking, early Friday splashdown

Four long-duration space station astronauts packed up their Crew Dragon capsule Wednesday, bid their lab crewmates a formal farewell and set their sights on an overnight undocking and splashdown off the coast of Florida early Friday to close out a 176-day mission.Pending a final weather check, SpaceX Crew-3 commander Raja Chari, pilot Thomas Marshburn, submariner-turned-astronaut Kayla Barron and European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer planned to strap into their ferry ship and undock from the outpost around 1:05 a.m. EDT Thursday.Because of the station's position in its orbit relative to the Gulf of Mexico landing zone, the astronauts will have to spend nearly a full day cooped up inside the SpaceX capsule before they'll be in the right place, at the right time, to drop ou...
Western Carolina University – WCU names Randy Collins dean of College of Engineering and Technology
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Western Carolina University – WCU names Randy Collins dean of College of Engineering and Technology

 WCU Stories      May 4, 2022 By Benny Smith The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees appointed Edward R. (Randy) Collins Jr. as dean of the College of Engineering and Technology as part of its special-called meeting May 3. Collins will start in his new position effective Aug. 1. “Dr. Collins is a distinguished engineer who has long experience combining student work in the classroom and collaboration with industry...
Hearing Technology Innovations : The Hearing Journal
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Hearing Technology Innovations : The Hearing Journal

With ongoing innovation and technological advances, there is no shortage of new devices and resources at audiologists’ disposal. These tools have the potential to not only benefit patients, but also help the audiology community continue to grow and optimize the hearing care they provide. Below we discuss the features of just a few of the many new hearing technology innovations now available, all of which were named honorees in the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Innovation Awards.www.shutterstock.com. Hearing technology, hearing aids.OTICON MYMUSIC PROGRAM Typically, hearing aids have utilized the same sound processing for both speech and music. As a result, some of the nuances of music can be lost. Compared to speech, music has a larger dynamic and frequency range. There i...
Twitter confirms it’s considering adding an edit button
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Twitter confirms it’s considering adding an edit button

Twitter confirmed on Tuesday that it is exploring adding an edit button. The company said it's been working on the idea since last year."We're kicking off testing within @TwitterBlue Labs in the coming months to learn what works, what doesn't, and what's possible," a tweet from the social media site's communications team said.According to a video from the account, the edit button would appear in the dropdown menu on an already-published tweet, alongside the delete and pin buttons. On April 1, which happens to be April Fools' Day, the official Twitter account tweeted "we are working on an edit button." The communications team's account retweeted it on Tuesday, adding "ps: we weren't joking."Jay Sullivan, the head of consumer product at Twitter, also twe...
Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter in $43 billion takeover bid
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Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter in $43 billion takeover bid

Elon Musk is offering to buy Twitter for $43 billion, saying the social media company "needs to be transformed as a private company."The billionaire and founder of electric car maker Tesla, who earlier this month disclosed he owns a 9.2% stake in Twitter, proposed in a regulatory filing on Thursday to buy all of the company's outstanding common stock for $54.20 per share. "I invested in Twitter as I believe in its potential to be the platform for free speech around the globe, and I believe free speech is a societal imperative for a functioning democracy," he said in the filing. "However, since making my investment I now realize the company will neither thrive nor serve this societal imperative in its current form." In a statement, Twitter said it has r...
Laser strikes on aircraft, potentially blinding pilots, are on pace for a new record: “It’s very disorienting”
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Laser strikes on aircraft, potentially blinding pilots, are on pace for a new record: “It’s very disorienting”

New numbers from the Federal Aviation Administration show incidents of people hitting aircraft with lasers, potentially blinding pilots, are on pace for a new record.The number of reported laser strikes jumped by 41 percent last year, to more than 9,700; that's more than one an hour, with California, Texas and Florida leading the nation in incidents.The rise prompted an FAA alert, and a plea for people to stop aiming handheld laser pointers at airplanes. Pilots tell CBS News correspondent Kris Van Cleave it literally can be a matter of life and death. Forty-seven pilots reported injures from the strikes last year. The lasers can cause temporary blindness, and in some cases lasting eye injuries – and they often occur just as pilots are about to land.  I...
Higher gas prices a factor for those considering a hybrid or electric car – CBS News poll
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Higher gas prices a factor for those considering a hybrid or electric car – CBS News poll

About a third of U.S. adults would consider an electric car (slightly more would think about a hybrid) if they were in the market for a vehicle, citing higher gas prices as one big reason why, along with the belief that these vehicles are cleaner for the environment. Another quarter say they might consider buying an electric car. But overall, higher gas prices have not prompted more people to consider an electric car than a gas-powered one. Even among those who cite gas prices as a reason they feel the national economy is in bad shape, more would prefer to buy a gas-powered car than a hybrid or electric car. There may be some practical reasons people have for not considering an electric car. In past CB...
New technology seeks to destroy toxic “forever chemicals” in drinking water
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New technology seeks to destroy toxic “forever chemicals” in drinking water

Grand Rapids, Michigan — Researchers estimate more than 200 million Americans in all 50 states could have cancer-causing carcinogens in their drinking water. The toxic chemicals per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, called PFAS, have been virtually indestructible — but new technology aims to change that. Sandy Wynn-Stelt discovered too late that her Michigan home sat across from a former waste dump. Her husband died of cancer six years ago and she has had thyroid cancer. For more than 20 years, they drank well water contaminated with PFAS."You can't see it. You can't taste it. You can't smell it. You will not know it's there unless you test for it," Wynn-Stelt told CBS News.  PFAS — man-made, practically indestructible chemicals — became widely used for...