Researchers at the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey are developing a device that destroys anthrax and other deadly bacteria. The device emits ultraviolet rays that oxidize bacteria. "It works the way hydrogen peroxide kills bacteria in a wound," says George Kofiatis, head of the Institute's Center for Environmental En-gineering. He indicates that the device attracted the attention of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Postal Service. For more information, call (201) 216-5000 or visit the Institute's website at www.stevens-tech.edu.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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