Cone Drive gear units, which promise improved seal arrangement, is now in control of the giant shutters that protect the Keck 1 telescope on Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano, the world's largest optical and infrared telescope. The units come with modified input shafts, hollow shafts, housings, special output mounting flanges, and keeper plates in hollow bores. They also feature 14 custom 8-inch center distance HP double enveloping worm reducer units with a special ratio of 9.75:1. According to the maker, the units use taconite seal arrangements on both input and output shafts while expansion chambers provide sealed unit. Four gearboxes have been installed and commissioned on the bottom telescope shutter. Eight more will be installed on the top shutter in the next two years. For more info, go to www.textronpt.com.
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
Sharon Glotzer and David Pine are hoping to create the first liquid hard drive with liquid nanoparticles that can store 1TB per teaspoon. They aren't the first to find potential data stores, as Harvard researchers have stored 700 TB inside a gram of DNA.
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