Special Coverage


Will 'Lab Food' Change The Way We Eat?

In an effort to alleviate food shortages and leave a lighter footprint, some biotechnology startups have begun developing alternative food products. Hampton Creek Foods, for example, has received $30 million in funding to create a plant-based substitute for eggs. Beyond Meat, another biotech food producer, heats, cools, and pressures plant protein from soy and peas so that it resembles meat tissue. In 2013, similarly, a hamburger was made from cow muscle grown in a lab — at a cost of $325,000.

Posted in: Question of the Week


An Alternative to Check Fixtures

Discover how the world’s leading manufacturers are using portable CMM’s to eliminate the need for check fixtures – significantly reducing storage, maintenance and rework costs. Additionally, learn how the portable CMM solution yields actionable, quantifiable data that manufacturers can use in a six sigma and/or lean manufacturing environment to improve their products and become more profitable.

Posted in: Test & Measurement, White Papers


An Introduction to Stress Analysis and Transducer Design Using Strain Gauges

The usual way of assessing structural parts of machines, buildings, vehicles, aircraft, etc. is based on strength of material calculations.

Posted in: Test & Measurement, White Papers


A New Paradigm for Mid-Lifecycle Design Changes

For decades, the general belief was that the replacement of key components during the mid-lifecycle design refresh of complex electromechanical systems was simply too costly and burdensome — and that any changes in product design would simply need to wait until the next generation.

Posted in: Electronics & Computers, White Papers


Earth-Sized Exoplanet Discovered via Observatory Data

The National Science Foundation-funded Gemini observatory helped confirm the first potentially habitable Earth-sized exoplanet. Researchers say this discovery is unique because the planet, called Kepler-186f, resides in a temperate region around its host star where water could exist and could possibly sustain life. Earth-sized planets are very difficult to detect because of contrast with their host stars.

Posted in: Imaging, Aerospace, News


Wind Tunnel Tests Support Improved Design of B61-12 Bomb

Sandia National Laboratories has finished testing a full-scale mock unit representing the aerodynamic characteristics of the B61-12 gravity bomb in a wind tunnel. The tests on the mock-up were done to establish the configuration that will deliver the necessary spin motion of the bomb during freefall and are an important milestone in the Life Extension Program to deliver a new version of the aging system.

Posted in: Motion Control, Motors & Drives, Test & Measurement, Aerospace, Defense, News


Testing Composite Structures for Stronger Bridges

The J. Lohr Structures Laboratory at South Dakota State University helps companies develop new materials and products — self-consolidating concrete columns and pre-stress concrete bridge girders — that bridge a physical gap. Over the past decade, researchers have conducted structural testing on large- and full-scale test specimens for private companies and government entities.

Posted in: Materials, Composites, Test & Measurement, Transportation, News


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