Cadavers in many ways are better than instrumented dummies in auto crash tests. Acknowledging that, NHTSA is offering five-year grants of up to $2.75 million for research that uses cadavers to examine the effect of airbags and safety belts on the human body during collisions. Officials of the safety agency say the program seeks to determine "engineering parameters" of biomechanical responses of cadavers to impact. Another goal is to develop "mechanical analogs" of the human body that can be used in the design of more realistic dummies for crash tests of new cars and trucks. Phone NHTSA project manager F. A. Bandak at (202) 366-4737.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
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