A new brushless dc motor from MicroMo Electronics Inc. has an external motor-diameter of only 20 mm and a length of 57 mm. It provides high power-to-volume ratio by using a skewed winding in combination with a rotor made of Neodymium rare-earth magnets to provide cog-free motion. The brushless dc motor can achieve a continuous output torque up to 18 mNm at speeds up to 58,000 rpm. The motors come in a sterilizable version capable of withstanding an autoclave environment. The Series 2057 can be combined with a gearbox and encoder for a miniature dc drive system.
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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