Due to the increase in off-shore product sourcing, the National Mail Order Association is promoting U.S.-made products by sponsoring a "Made in America" contest. The contest awards 73 manufacturers, artisans, and inventors in 19 categories—including automotive, consumer electronics, and hardware and tools, among others—and 50 "Best of State" awards. The competition is designed to help introduce American products to mail order marketing companies. Entries are due by December 31, 2003. For more information and an entry form, go to www.nmoa.org/contest.
Last year at Hannover Fair, lots of people were talking about Industry 4.0. This is a concept that seems to have a different name in every region. I’ve been referring to it as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not to be confused with the plain old Internet of Things (IoT). Others refer to it as the Connected Industry, the smart factory concept, M2M, data extraction, and so on.
Some of the biggest self-assembled building blocks and structures made from engineered DNA have been developed by researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute. The largest, a hexagonal prism, is one-tenth the size of an average bacterium.
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