Sandia National Laboratories' tiny micromachines now have a spokesman who's bigger than life. Charlton Heston provides onscreen and voice-over narration for a promotional video about micromachine and integrated microelectronics R&D performed at the lab. (Also, see Design News, 3/2/98, p. 126.) On the video, Heston taps into a half-century's worth of performing experience about the role of microsystems in nuclear weapons surety and other applications. The video conveys a sense of wonder about the engineering genius behind mechanical devices too small to see, but big enough to perhaps change the world. "Heston become fascinated with the technology, really amazed with the way we make these things, and what they might be used for," says Paul McWhorter, deputy director for the Technology, Microelectronics and Photonics Center at Sandia. E-mail email@example.com.
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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