London—May 1st was the kickoff here of the Around the World in 80 Days motoring challenge, which sees about 40 classic cars vying along a 17,000-mile route over mountains and across deserts in some of the world's most remote areas.
Surf'll be up in Uzbekistan for this 1949 Buick Super 'Woody' Wagon, one of the American entries in the new-millenium-celebrating 'Great Race.'
The course runs through Europe, into Turkey, then across former Soviet republics, and into China along the fabled Silk Road. From Beijing the contestants will be airlifted to Anchorage for travels across the Yukon, Klondike, and then into Newark, NJ. From there, another airlift brings the 21st Century Phileas Foggs to Casablanca for a final leg across Spain and France, and back into London on July 18.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
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