Jay Last: Revolutionary Designer Spearheads The IC’s Early Days

Founded in intrigue, Fairchild Semiconductor has a long history of innovation. Indeed, it’s no surprise that a group of men notoriously known as the “Traitorous Eight” would produce some of the most significant technologies of the second half of the twentieth century. Several of these rogue engineers already are members of Electronic Design’s Engineering Hall of Fame. This year, we …

Robots Get Genetically Engineered Skeletal Muscles

As one reader points out on the comments board of a related Design News article, combining living tissue with mechanical components sounds like Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein story written almost 200 years ago. But the Medusoid jellyfish-like creature described in that article, which combines engineered rat heart muscle tissue with a silicone muscle structure, isn’t alone. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute …