Nothing new here. The latest survey from the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago has found a decline in the number of doctoral science and engineering (S&E) degrees earned in 2002. According to data in the 2002 Survey of Earned Doctorates, the 24,500 S&E degrees earned nationwide represent the lowest number since 1993. To view the report, go to www.norc.uchicago.edu/issues/docdata.htm.
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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