If machine tool consumption is any indication, an economic recovery isn't going to happen anytime soon. Most recent stats indicate a drop-off of nearly 30% compared to 2001, which itself was down from 2000. Year-to-date (through September 2002) total was $1.5 billion. Numbers come from the Association for Manufacturing Technology and the American Machine Tool Distributors Association.
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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