In its annual competition, the First LEGO League (FLL) is asking participants to design, build, and program a robot that addresses the needs of physically disabled people. The competition, open to kids ages 9-14, lets competitors use LEGO bricks and other parts such as sensors, motors, and gears to build a structure that conforms to the theme of the year. Opportunities are available to organize or coach a team. Registration ends in September. To learn more go to http://rbi.ims.ca/3853-523.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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