High School Students Built This iPhone App for the Visually Impaired

High School Students Built This iPhone App for the Visually Impaired

Members of a high school machine-learning club have developed an inexpensive smartphone application for those with low or impaired vision.
Eugene Choi, Raffu Khondaker, Irfan Nafi, and Pranav Ravella are seniors at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, in Alexandria, Va.
“We noticed that the computer-vision field has gotten to a point where it could detect objects with really good accuracy and describe a scene just like a human would,” Choi says. “The immediate application we thought…

Being More Inclusive is Paying Off for This IEEE Society

Being More Inclusive is Paying Off for This IEEE Society

Small changes made over time can lead to big results, the saying goes. A great example of that is the concerted effort the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society started more than two decades ago to become a more welcoming and inclusive environment for women and members from outside the United States. Since 2012, the society has increased the number of female members by more than 60 percent. And more articles are now submitted from authors in China, India, and Italy…

Exploring carbon storage deep beneath the seabed

A new study sheds light on the way salty water acts in deep-sea aquifers, paving the way for further research into carbon storage deep beneath the seabed. Source: Science Daily – Climate…

Aircraft reveal a surprisingly strong Southern Ocean carbon sink

The Southern Ocean is indeed a significant carbon sink — absorbing a large amount of the excess carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere by human activities — according to a new study. Source: Science Daily – Climate…

IEEE President’s Note: We’re Committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

IEEE President’s Note: We’re Committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

IEEE’s mission to foster technological innovation and excellence to benefit humanity requires the talents and perspectives of people with different personal, cultural, and technical backgrounds. In support of this mission—and to aid our members and volunteers—it is vital that members have a safe and inclusive place for collegial discourse and that all feel included and that they belong.
IEEE reinforced its support for diversity and inclusion in 2019 when the IEEE Board of Directors adopted the following: “IEEE is committed…

Aligning Perception and Perspective to Improve Asset Management

Action is then taken based on facts, specialized knowledge, and a pre-determined decision process designed to provide an accurate and appropriate level of response to the request and the requestor(s). Source: IR/INFO.ORG…

Automating the calibration management ecosystem

It’s time to say goodbye to error-prone paper-based calibration! While the pen might be mightier than the sword, in process industries pen-and-paper based calibration systems are a weak spot that is desperately in need of attention. Automating your calibration ecosystem saves time, reduces the risk of errors, and enables your organization to use calibration data for business benefits. But what are the steps involved in implementing an automated process, and what support is on offer to help you succeed? Read on…

100 Years Ago RCA Sent the First Voice Message Over the Air

100 Years Ago RCA Sent the First Voice Message Over the Air

When the Radio Corporation of America was founded in 1919, one of its missions was to become the world’s leading radio communications company. Among RCA’s first steps was to build a center that would transmit international signals and telegraphic messages. In 1921 the company opened Radio Central, in Rocky Point on New York’s Long Island.The transmitting facility was connected to a radiogram-receiving facility in Riverhead—about 24 kilometers away on Long Island—through a system of relays using existing telephone lines. The two…

Arctic Ocean started getting warmer decades earlier than we thought

The Arctic Ocean has been getting warmer since the beginning of the 20th century — decades earlier than records suggest — due to warmer water flowing into the delicate polar ecosystem from the Atlantic Ocean. Source: Science Daily – Climate…

Collapse of ancient Liangzhu culture caused by climate change

Referred to as ‘China’s Venice of the Stone Age’, the Liangzhu excavation site in eastern China is considered one of the most significant testimonies of early Chinese advanced civilization. More than 5000 years ago, the city already had an elaborate water management system. Until now, it has been controversial what led to the sudden collapse. Massive flooding triggered by anomalously intense monsoon rains caused the collapse, as geologists and climate researchers have now shown. Source: Science Daily – Climate…