The Fastest Helicopter on Earth

Sikorsky aims to break the helicopter speed record

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img Speed Demon: Sikorsky’s X2 experimental helicopter is, unofficially, the fastest on Earth. Photo: Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.

To paraphrase helicopter pioneer Igor Sikorsky: If you’re in trouble, an airplane can fly over and drop flowers, but a helicopter can save your life. It can deftly maneuver through tight spots and alight in remote places. It can float next to a mountain to search for the lost. And the best sound a wounded soldier can hear is that telltale rotor beat, just minutes before being evacuated to a hospital. When roads are impassable, bridges have been destroyed, and the electricity has been knocked out, helicopters can still deliver supplies and rescue people.

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Mayo Clinic Researchers Pump Up Wearable ECG Functions With AI

Single-lead ECG can detect ventricular dysfunction

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–Mayo Clinic researchers have developed an artificial intelligence algorithm that can detect weak heart pump functioning from a single-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) on the Apple Watch. They say early results indicate it is as accurate as a medically-ordered treadmill stress test, but could be performed anywhere.

The single-lead AI algorithm was adapted from an existing algorithm that works by analyzing ventricular pumping data from a 12-lead ECG already in clinical use under an Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Dr. Paul Friedman, chair of the clinic’s department of cardiovascular medicine, said the new technology could signal a new era for patients for whom making repeated trips to a hospital or cardiologist’s office are, at the least, inconvenient, and possibly health-threatening.

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Engineers Are Working on a Solar Microgrid to Outlast Lunar Nights

Future lunar bases will need power for mining and astronaut survival

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The next time humans land on the moon, they intend to stay awhile. For the Artemis program, NASA and its collaborators want to build a sustained presence on the moon, which includes setting up a base where astronauts can live and work.

One of the crucial elements for a functioning lunar base is a power supply. Sandia National Laboratories, a research and development lab that specializes in building microgrids for military bases, is teaming up with NASA to design one that will work on the moon.

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Learn how to accelerate your satellite design process and reduce risk and costs with model-based engineering methods

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