For vacuum applications where space is at a premium, Beswick Engineering (Greenland, NH) is rolling out an ultra-miniature, single-stage vacuum regulator. The vacuum regulator controls output from 0 psig to full vacuum, and is said to be especially well-suited to low-vacuum applications. The lightweight component is designed to be mounted in line, and does not require panel mounting. Weighing just 30 gm apiece, the brass and steel regulators are a scant 35/64 of an inch high. For more info, see www.beswick.com.
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
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