The Metal Powder Industries Federation has begun accepting entries for the 2004 International P/M Design Competition. Open to MPIF members, the competition recognizes achievement in seven categories—ferrous, nonferrous, stainless steel, injection molded, advanced particulate materials, innovative functional assembly, and overseas. Winners will be announced at the International Conference on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials, June 13-17 in Chicago. For more information, click on www.mpif.org.
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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