Want to see some nifty fluid applications measured in drops rather than gallons? Visit www.amtec.com/contours/issue17/pom.html to see Amtec's Plot of the Month using the companies Tecplot data plotting and visualization software. Recent visualizations have included an animation of fluid flow carrying DNA through a microchip reaction chamber. The chamber has several 20-micron diameter pillars to increase surface area available for "probe" molecules bound to the chamber surface. This plot came from Coventor, a Cary, NC-based provider of MEMS design tools. Other Coventor images include a programmable electric-potential fluid processor for droplets and a microfluidic mixer for mixing reagents on a biochip.
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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