How a tiny drone could take on a big job on a major interstate bridge

PENNSVILLE TWP. -- Operators of the Delaware Memorial Bridge tried out some potential new employees Tuesday -- drones. They want to see if the arduous and dangerous annual inspections of the two spans can be made easier through the use of new technology. "It has the potential to really revolutionize the way inspections are done," said…


Explainer: Protecting New Jersey's Power Grid Against Cyberattacks

The state's utilities have struggled mightily with extreme weather in recent years, storms that left hundreds of thousands without power, some for more than a week. In response, many are investing hundreds of millions of dollars or more to upgrade their power lines to make them more resilient. Now, the state Board of Utilities is ordering…


Black Girls Rock! 100 teens attend computer science summit

 

NEWARK -- About 100 teens attended a Saturday morning event in Newark, which sought to get black girls to embrace coding and computer science, no matter what profession they plan to enter. Initially, the young women shouted out different terms when asked who they think of as a "computer scientist." "White!" "Boy!" "Asian!" But the speakers…


How a Rutgers Math Professor is Using Numbers to Fight the War on Terror

Call him a code breaker. Fred S. Roberts looks like a 72-year-old college professor, which is no surprise. He holds a doctorate in mathematics from Stanford, and his fourth-floor office at Rutgers University is a jumble of stacked papers and large whiteboards displaying complicated formulas scrawled out in red and green dry-erase markers. His desk, if…


Computer problems at N.J. MVC halt driver license, ID services

TRENTON -- New Jersey motorists visiting the state's Motor Vehicle Commission offices on Tuesday are having to wait longer than usual because of computer woes. The MVC's driver's licensing and non-driver ID transaction systems are experiencing problems statewide, according to a spokesman. Other services, including registration and titling, are still available. An alert on the commission's…





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