Going Autonomous: The Transformation of the Transportation Industry

Going Autonomous: The Transformation of the Transportation Industry

Planes, trains, and automobiles — they have been the arteries of the transportation industry for a long time. These vehicles, along with other methods of transportation, remain vital as autonomous transportation emerges in full. Many people have heard of self-driving cars, but this is just one example of unmanned, autonomous transportation. Ferries, pods, drones, and other vehicles are all part of the innovative trend toward vehicles that operate on their own, providing great opportunities to companies looking to invest. Why Should People Care About Autonomous Transportation? Autonomous transportation is emerging across the world, from personal vehicles to Tesla’s proposed semi trucks that drive in convoy with a lead vehicle handling autonomous follow trucks. Intel is also planning to test a...

A military personnel wearing an exoskeleton

Transforming Lives with Exoskeletons

New robotic exoskeletons are helping people with disabilities, paralysis and injuries, allowing them to walk again and stave off secondary injuries from prolonged sitting. Imagine, people with disabilities, after being told they may never walk again, find they can not only walk, but also cover a mile in an hour. Or, a worker with a physically demanding job who lifts and carries loads of weight every day can wear a suit that does the bulk of the lifting for them. Consider the corresponding change in productivity and morale! With AI, these scenarios are a reality. Human Exoskeletons and Where They are Applicable One robotic exoskeleton, SuitX, has the technology that allows users with lower-body disabilities to cover a mile in an...

Game Changers in Aviation that Will Empower the Way We Fly

Game Changers in Aviation that Will Empower the Way We Fly

With the International Civil Aviation Organisation calling on the aviation industry to reduce its carbon footprint, a host of aircraft manufacturers are turning to innovative and efficient solutions. Read on to find out about some of the most innovative aviation projects that recently took off in an effort to find greener and more efficient ways to fly. Textron Aviation 3D-Printed Engine With the rise of new technologies, innovative ideas in the aviation industry are taking off in an effort to streamline manufacturing processes and improve the aircraft performance. In 2016, Textron Aviation unveiled its new 10-person business aircraft, the Cessna Denali, powered by a propeller engine that consists of 3D-printed titanium and steel components. The engine, which was developed by...

Possible Solution to the Refugee Housing Crisis_

Possible Solution to the Refugee Housing Crisis

At the end of 2016, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) found that 65.6 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes worldwide. This number is a record high, and finding a way to deal with the growing refugee population is a pressing burden for the international community. This year, thousands of Haitian refugees with protective status in the U.S. following the 2010 earthquake, crossed the border into Quebec, Canada. The Trump administration announced in May that the temporary status for those refugees will end in January 2018. Facing deportation, the number of asylum seekers migrating to Canada is on a rapid rise. For now, the Canadian government has turned the Montreal Olympic Stadium into a temporary shelter...

What it Takes to BYOB (Brew Your Own Beer)

What it Takes to BYOB (Brew Your Own Beer)

Beer is as old as time. The earliest historical record of beer dates back to ancient civilizations that drank beer and wine over water, because fermented alcohol was safer to drink than unsanitized water. Even Louis Pasteur found a method to pasteurize beer 22 years before it was applied to milk, thus triggering the modern era of beer. In addition, the development of home refrigerators, double-walled railcars, automatic bottling as well as stainless steel kettles commercialized the beverage and placed it in the pints and hearts of beer lovers around the world. In recent years, there has been a mass movement away from mass-produced, commercial beer to craft beers. Craft beers are usually made in smaller batches, have customized flavors...

How Tiny Steel Homes Allow for Limitless Living

How Tiny Steel Homes Allow for Limitless Living

Housing affordability is an ever growing concern for communities nationwide and nearly 39 million US households live in housing they cannot afford. As an affordable and eco-conscious solution to an increasingly tight housing supply, today’s home buyers are choosing to go small and joining the tiny house movement. The tiny house movement is demonstrating the trend of living and maintaining a minimalist lifestyle for those who want simpler ways of living. This trend is picking up pace across generations and countries for financial and environmental reasons. With thoughtful and innovative designs, tiny home owners can enjoy a greener lifestyle and the satisfaction of building their own refuge while freeing themselves from mortgages and expensive energy bills. Read on to find...

Limitless Advancements in Railway Innovation

Limitless Advancements in Railway Innovation

The railway industry, one of the oldest transportation industries, is continuously evolving thanks to advancements in technology and engineering. According to World Steel Association’s recently published infographic, the total length of railways worldwide spans 1,055,263 km – enough steel rails to cover more than 2.7 times the distance to the moon. Of these many railways across the globe, which are becoming bigger, faster and longer today, The Steel Wire explores two recently established railway systems that opened limitless opportunities for the countries they connect. The World’s Longest Tunnel Through the Alps The world’s longest and deepest train tunnel officially opened in December 2016, after nearly two decades and USD 12.5 billion worth of construction work in Switzerland. The new 35-mile...

Mandela Day Honoring His Limitless Compassion and Patience

Mandela Day: Honoring His Limitless Compassion and Patience

In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly declared July 18, the day the late president of South Africa (1918-2013) and anti-apartheid activist was born, Mandela Day. Mandela Day is a global movement to honor his lifetime of service for South Africa and the world. During his lifetime, Nelson Mandela not only helped bring an end to apartheid in South Africa but was also a global advocate for human rights. As a member of the African National Congress party beginning in the 1940s, he was a leader of both peaceful protests and armed resistance against the white minority’s oppressive regime in South Africa. Although his actions landed him in prison for nearly three decades, his limitless compassion and patience to change...

Why Steel Bikes Will Always Be in the Game

Why Steel Bikes Will Always Be in the Game

Cycling enthusiasts look forward to July every year, for the event many argue as the most prestigious competition in the world of cycling. The Tour de France (the Tour) began in 1903, sponsored by a local newspaper company called L’Auto and is now in its 104th run. For bike sponsors, the Tour is a chance to showcase their brand’s newest gear and technology. The biggest bike companies invest millions of marketing dollars into a team competing on the Tour, for the greatest exposure they will receive all year.  Every year, 10-12 million spectators of 40 different nationalities gather roadside and many more tune into media coverage of the three-week event. Today, the four most common materials used in race bikes...

Steel Runs Through Iconic Monuments in the Big Apple and Beyond

Steel Runs through Iconic Monuments in the Big Apple and Beyond

For our readers in the U.S., Happy Fourth of July! The U.S. is the birthplace of many iconic figures, movies, and buildings. The Statue of Liberty is one such work of art which stands as a symbol of freedom and independence. The Empire State building is another architectural icon in the center of New York, a city which in and of itself represents the U.S. Although these monuments appear majestic on the exterior, it is their interior composition that has kept them standing tall all these years. These and other international iconic structures embody the limitless ways steel builds culture around the globe. A Gift from the French   More than a hundred years ago, the French sent a giant...

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