Posts Tagged 'Chemical Engineering'

The World of Chemical Engineering

CENtral Science

http://cenblog.org/

Chemical and Engineering News has a separate website for “News, notes, and musings from C&EN” that takes a more accessible look at what is going in the world of chemical engineering with a dozen different blogs.  These blogs include “Just Another Electron Pusher”, “The Haystack”, and “Artful Science”.   Visitors will find the latest entry in “Artful Science” to be an informative piece on acrylic paint, which was invented in the 1940s.  This particular entry looks at how over time the surfactants in it rise to the surface of a painting and produce a white film.   Currently, art restorers are looking for a way to effectively remove the film while not harming the painting.   The “Friday chemical safety round-up” lists “chemical and safety news from the past week”, including items from categories such as “Fires and explosions” and “Leaks, spills, and other exposures”. [KMG]

Reposted from the October 21, 2011 “Scout Report”.

Just in Time for Halloween…

ChemBot Unveiled

CNET News (10/15, Katz) reports on the “shape-shifting ChemBot” that “looks like the love child of a beating heart and a wad of Silly Putty.”  It is the product of a contract awarded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the U.S. Army Research Office to iRobot.  The maker “along with University of Chicago researchers, showed off the oozy results at the Iros conference (the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems) in St. Louis this week.  DARPA envisions the palm-size ChemBot as a mobile robot that can traverse soft terrain and navigate through small openings, such as tiny wall cracks, during reconnaissance and search-and-rescue missions.”  The robot “inflates and deflates parts of its body, changing size and shape — and scaring the living daylights out of us.  We don’t know exactly when ChemBot will join the Armed Forces, but we can only beg:  please, oh please, keep it away from us.”

Reposted from the October 15, 2009 ASEE First Bell briefing.


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