Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., in an unconventional move, is installing User Configurable Open Systems (UCOS), supplied by Control Systems International, as the primary SCADA master station and data historian. The system is expected to monitor operations, including the pipeline's leak detection system, and enable operators to control oil movement via object-oriented interfaces and real-time displays. For more information, visit www.csiks.com/pipelines/homepl.htm.
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
Sharon Glotzer and David Pine are hoping to create the first liquid hard drive with liquid nanoparticles that can store 1TB per teaspoon. They aren't the first to find potential data stores, as Harvard researchers have stored 700 TB inside a gram of DNA.
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