It's time once again for students and their mentors to register for the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. The kickoff event will take place January 8, 2005, in Manchester, NH, followed by regional events and the final championship FIRST event in April in Atlanta, GA. The competition features teams of students and mentors building robots from a standard kit of parts within a timeframe of six weeks. Registration for events closes on December 3, 2004. For more info or to register, go to www.usfirst.org.
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.
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.