What kind of thinking do you do when you design products? An exhibition that opens this month in Washington attempts to answer the question. Called "Breaking Through: The Creative Engineer," the exhibition features case studies of modern engineering innovation. Arrays of interactive displays for all ages are designed to help tell the stories. The exhibition opens at the National Building Museum during National Engineers Week, February 22 to 28, and continues through November 8, 1998. A coalition of major engineering societies and American firms support the exhibition. Admission is free. For details, including show hours, check the museum Web site at http://www.nbm.org or phone (202) 272-2448.
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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