The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) is taking place May 9-15 in Portland, OR, with 1,200 high school students from 40 countries competing for $3 million in awards and scholarships. But more than 1,000 volunteer judges from colleges and universities, private sectors, and government agencies are needed to work with students and evaluate exhibits. Judges must have a Ph.D. or six years of experience in a field equivalent to that being judged. To volunteer, go to www.intelisef2004.org.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Microchip recently released the 3D TouchPad, the first USB PC Peripheral device that couples 2D multi-touch input with 3D air gesture technology. The company seeks the help of developers to further enhance the capabilities of the technology.
To give engineers a better idea of the range of resins and polymers available as alternatives to other materials, this Technology Roundup presents several articles on engineering plastics that can do the job.
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