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 …

Permanent Magnet Technology Creates System Energy Savings

At a time when energy efficiency is of utmost importance, recent developments in motor technology have changed the playing field within cooling tower HVAC systems. This new technology — a permanent magnet (PM), laminated frame, direct drive motor — allows for the removal of all the mechanical components such as gearboxes, drive shafts, disc couplings, and existing motors. By removing …