"Standards for Fee or Free: What Are the Consequences?" That's the theme chosen by the Standards Engineering Society for its 1998 paper competition. Contestants are to write between 2,500 and 4,500 words on the debate of oversales, pricing, and availability of standards. Each paper should make a case for whether U.S., regional, and/or international standards should be fee-based or provided free to all interested parties. This year's winning entries will be awarded during the annual World Standards Day Dinner on September 23 in Washington, DC. The author or authors of the winning submission will receive $2,500 and a plaque. Second and third prizes are $1,000 and $500, respectively. Because of the nature of this year's topic, the 1998 paper competition is open to anyone in the world and need not emphasize the U.S. perspective. You can obtain Internet entry forms and rules from www.ses-standards.org/paper_competition.html.
A group of researchers at the Seoul National University have discovered a way to take material from cigarette butts and turn it into a carbon-based material thats ideal for storing energy and creating a powerful supercapacitor.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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