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
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey