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Systems Briefs

Called to speed and lightness
Joachim Grenestedt has found uses for lightweight composite materials in submarine hulls, racing boats, airplane wings and his own two-seat plane.

Networks of sensors, smartly deployed
When Liang Cheng, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, imagines the future, he envisions wireless sensor networks deployed in a growing number of places and ways to give intelligence to the high-tech systems that make modern life happen.

For buildings, a slap in the face
Explosions and earthquakes, says Clay Naito, damage buildings in dramatically different ways.