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TechFront: New Laser-Like Polariton Beams Show Promise for Electronics, Medical Uses

Edited by Senior Editors Patrick Waurzyniak and Ellen Kehoe

9/1/2014

Researchers at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) have developed a new laser-like beam, called a polariton, that is said to be the first polariton laser powered by electrical current instead of light. The invention, which technically isn’t a laser, also works at room temperature instead of at below-zero temperatures. Full Article

TechFront: Ultra-Strong MRIs Show Promise for Neuroscience, Other Research



Edited by Senior Editors Patrick Waurzyniak and Ellen Kehoe

7/1/2014

New ultra-strong, high-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) full-body scanners under development by GE Healthcare (Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire, UK) and Tesla Engineering UK (Pulborough, West Sussex, UK) will be used by researchers to speed detection and improve therapies for Parkinson’s disease and a host of other disorders. Full Article

Solutions Come in Many Sizes and Shapes



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

7/1/2014

Manufacturers want to make parts and hit their schedules with a minimum of problems. Job shops, in particular, have their own need for a great deal of flexibility, enabling them to switch from one job to another with the minimum of wasted time. For medium volume, high mix production, manufacturers can benefit from the latest automation on multipallet single machines or in multiple machine cells. Full Article

Shop Solutions: Grinding Optics On CNC Machining Centers



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

6/1/2014

During the past decade, Optimax (Ontario, NY) has experienced exceptional growth due to the tremendous demand for specialized optics and lenses that it manufactures for a wide range of applications including: aerospace, defense and medical devices, lithography, and biomedical. Full Article

Focus on the Workforce: Engineering the Future for Women in Science



Anna Maria Chávez

6/1/2014

With women poised to shape our economic future, and given the significance of STEM in today’s world, it’s more important than ever that we are preparing girls and young women with the skills they will need for a future in STEM. Full Article

Medical Metrology Finds the Best Fit



Contributing Editor Bruce Morey

5/1/2014

Finding the best fit of device to part is especially significant for metrology companies with a diverse portfolio. That is the case for Mitutoyo (Aurora, IL), according to Allen Cius, their vision optics manager. The company offers over 6000 products, from hand calipers to horizontal arm CMMs that can measure objects the size of whole car bodies. Mitutoyo metrology capital equipment systems fit within three basic families of products: vision-based systems, form measurement machines, and CMMs. Full Article

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