For rats and other rodents, plastics are a popular menu item. Techmer Polymer Modifiers (www.techmerpm.com) has come up with a polymer additive that keeps these pests from nibbling on important plastics. The company's PM 12211E63 Repellent imbues polyolefins and other thermoplastics with a taste that rodents find repulsive. At the same time, the modifier is non-toxic to pets—as well as the rodents themselves. PM 12211E63 has seen use in wire and cable insulation, fiber-optic cables, plastic pipe, garbage containers, agricultural films, and outdoor furniture.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicle’s parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but that’s just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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