Continue Reading... Harvard creates a bio-inspired robot that packs a punch

Harvard creates a bio-inspired robot that packs a punch

When most people think of shrimp, they think of yummy seafood and very small creatures. You might not expect a small shrimp to pack a very powerful punch. However, the mantis shrimp has the strongest punch of any animal on the planet. Acceleration is key to its incredibly strong punch, with the mantis shrimp able to accelerate its appendages faster than a bullet exits a gun. A single punch can knock the arms off a crab or crack a shell. Scientists have been researching how the mantis shrimp can generate such a powerful punch. Researchers from Harvard have leveraged high-speed cameras to learn more about the mechanics of the powerful punch. The research could pave the way for small robots that also have lots of power.

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Continue Reading... ALPA, Jamnica launch 100% rPET bottle for Jana mineral water

ALPA, Jamnica launch 100% rPET bottle for Jana mineral water

Fortenova Group’s Croatian water bottling company Jamnica has introduced 100% recycled PET (rPET) made 0.5l bottle for its still mineral water brand, Jana natural. The climate-friendly packaging solution has been developed together with plastic manufacturer ALPLA using plastic from the post-consumer recycling cycle. ALPLA Multi-Country manager Balkan/Adria Primoz Agrez said: “The new 0.5l Jana bottle made entirely of highest quality bottle grade recycled PET from one of our close ALPLA recycling plants is an outstanding result of this joint initiative.”

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Continue Reading... One Of World’s First Smartwatches Built For Managing Seafarer Wellbeing In Hazardous Work Zones

One Of World’s First Smartwatches Built For Managing Seafarer Wellbeing In Hazardous Work Zones

Seafarers face multiple risks to their health and wellbeing, which can affect safety, performance, and livelihoods. According to the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) 2019 annual overview of maritime casualties and incidents study, 66% of incidents are caused by “human factors”, with crew fatigue and lack of situational awareness being major contributing causes. Integrated with the SAFEVUE.ai(1) platform, the SOL-X ATEX Certified SmartWatch transforms operations by extending safety and health intelligence to the edge. It enables connected wellbeing programs, provides real time(2) visibility to front line crew operations, and enhances crew situational awareness vessel wide. The SOL-X SmartWatch is ATEX Zone 1 Certified for use in hazardous environments.

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