The Marine Corps (www.usmc.mil)
knew about a design flaw in the Osprey hybrid helicopter-airplane before it
caused two fatal crashes in the past year, say unnamed Marine Corps pilots who
were investigating the incidents.
Osprey crashes last December (in North Carolina) and April (in
Arizona) have killed a total of 23 Marines in 2000. There were also seven killed
in a crash in 1992, and a nonfatal crash in 1991.
The Marine pilots announced yesterday that the Pentagon (www.defenselink.mil) knew about a flaw in
the hydraulic system that was compounded by a software glitch, but were
reluctant to address the problem because they thought it would risk federal
funding for the plane.
Marine investigators have long suspected that the hydraulic system
was to blame, but they did not know that senior Marine officers already knew
about the problem.
Lantronix Inc. has expanded its line of controllers for sensor networks with the release of a rugged controller that improves management of automation systems used in a number of industries, including manufacturing, oil and gas, and chemicals.
Inspired by the hooks a parasitic worm uses to penetrate its host's intestines, the Karp Lab has invented a flexible adhesive patch covered with microneedles that adheres well to wet, soft tissues, but doesn't cause damage when removed.
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