The Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program (SATOP)—a NASA-funded cooperative program between the states of Florida, New Mexico, New York, and Texas—operates as a free service to help small businesses receive technical assistance. The program functions with an Alliance group of 30 space industries, universities, colleges, and NASA centers. Small businesses are allowed up to 40 hours of free technical assistance, which may include process engineering, machine design, materials selection, etc. Among the Space Alliance Partners are platinum-level participants Lockheed Martin and The Boeing Company. Go to www.spacetechsolutions.com/requestor/prequalify.asp to request SATOP technical assistance.
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.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.