"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.
For decades, engineers have worked to combat erosion by developing high-strength alloys, composites, and surface coatings. However, in a new paper, a team at Jilin University in China turned to one of the most deadly animals in the world for inspiration -- the yellow fat-backed scorpion.
Green energy is being billed as a way to make communities that are energy deprived more self-sustaining. So it makes sense to use natural materials to create devices that harvest this type of energy. That’s the idea behind a hybrid wind/solar energy harvester made of bamboo that’s been developed by UVM researchers.
Anyone who’s ever moved files from a hard drive to a computer has sat patiently waiting for the transfer to complete. But what if this process could be done wirelessly, without having to connect devices with cables, and in seconds?
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