In Star Trek, Captain Kirk always had Bones to take care of medical emergencies that developed while exploring deep space. But Dr. Patrick Sewell, chief of the Division of Intervention Oncology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, hopes to rewrite the script for future space travel. Using NASA telecommunication and imaging link-ups, he recently guided surgery on patients located in Japan from a medical center in Jackson, MS. "This remote imaging project helps NASA learn more about the benefits of using such techniques," says NASA's director of the operation William Parsons Jr. This type of intervention surgery could one day help treat astronauts that need emergency care during space travel to a distant planet or long-range operations on the space station. For more information, go to www.umsmed.edu.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.