Butterfly ‘Blast Badge’ a Brain Buttress
A butterfly could be a lifesaver for soldiers in war, or even down the road, workers in an explosive environment.
Mimicking the reflective iridescence of a butterfly's wing, researchers developed a color-changing patch soldiers could wear on their helmets and uniforms to indicate the strength of exposure to blasts from explosives in the field, said investigators at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Future studies aim to calibrate the color change to the intensity of exposure to provide an immediate read on the potential harm to the brain and the subsequent need for medical intervention.
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Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.