Planet-hunting is an ongoing process that’s resulting in the discovery of more and more planets orbiting distant stars. But as the hunters learn more about the variety among the tremendous number of predicted planets out there, it’s important to refine their techniques. New work led by Carnegie’s Jonathan Gagné, Caltech’s Peter Gao, and Peter Plavchan from Missouri State University reports on a technological upgrade for one method of finding planets or confirming other planetary detections. The result is published by The Astrophysical Journal. …read moreContinue reading →
The post How Veterans Successfully Transition to Industrial Automation Careers first appeared on the ISA Interchange blog site.
This guest post was authored by Michael Marlowe, managing director/director of government relations for the Automation Federation.
Automation jobs require a combination of technical know-how combined with interpersonal skills, making them a great fit for veterans.
It’s always difficult to find suitable candidates for openings in industrial automation as most of these jobs require both technical and interpersonal skills, often with a bit of management expertise added to the mix. Universities graduate hundreds of thousands of mostly young men and women every year with business and liberal arts degrees, and many of these grads have excellent interpersonal skills, but generally aren’t very technical.
Engineering and other STEM graduates have the required technical background, but are always in short supply and command very high salaries. And many of these grads are a bit lacking in interpersonal skills as they have spent their formative years relentlessly hitting the books, not developing relationships.
As far as management skills, these are best gained through on-the-job training, where actual supervision takes place. Unfortunately, not many candidates for entry- and mid-level automation jobs have this type …read moreContinue reading →
Insights from pure mathematics are lending new insights to material physics, which could aid in development of new devices and sensors. Now an international team of physicists has discovered that applying a magnetic field to a non-magnetic metal made it conduct 70% more electricity, even though basic physics principles would have predicted the opposite. …read moreContinue reading →
Today, April 11th, is opening day at Fenway Park, the Boston Red Sox home field, located less than 100 miles from MadgeTech’s headquarters. During the course of one game, anywhere from eight to ten dozen baseballs are used, meaning each ball gets only a few pitches.
With all of those balls used each game, it is no wonder the MLB goes through thousands of baseballs each season. But how are they made, and what is really inside them? The answer may be surprising as the balls travel around the globe before ending up at the pitcher’s mound.
Beginning with a small cork center, all MLB baseballs begin their life in Costa Rica. The small cork center, referred to as a pill, is wrapped in two thin, rubber layers until it weighs exactly 7/8th of an ounce. Once the correct weight is reached, a machine is used to consistently wrap a total of 369 yards of different thicknesses of wool yarn around the small ball.
Next comes applying the leather to the outside. The iconic white leather originates in the United States, where it is meticulously checked for defects before being tanned using alum, giving it the bright white color. A machine attaches two …read moreContinue reading →
On April 14, scientists will begin collecting new samples from the Chicxulub impact crater, remnant of an asteroid that crashed into Earth 66 million years ago and caused the extinctions of 75 percent of the planet’s species, including the dinosaurs. The international team includes two Penn State researchers, Tim Bralower, professor of geosciences, and Heather Jones, Ph.D. candidate in geosciences. …read moreContinue reading →
Slovakia is gearing up to launch its first satellite into orbit with the aim of demonstrating the country’s ability to carry out scientific experiments in space. The pocket-sized, one-unit CubeSat, named skCUBE, is currently slated for liftoff in June atop the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The central European state is one of the last countries on the continent to have its own satellite. …read moreContinue reading →
Astrophysicists at the University of Birmingham have used data from the NASA Kepler space telescope to discover a class of extrasolar planets whose atmospheres have been stripped away by their host stars, according to research published in the journal Nature Communications today (11 April 2016). …read moreContinue reading →
HoloLens headset. (Images Courtesy of Microsoft)
PTC has announced that its Vuforia augmented reality (AR) suite will support Microsoft’s HoloLens VR headset and that a software development kit (SDK) will be available this spring.
You might be saying to yourself, “Ummm, excellent! But what in the world is Vuforia?”
No worries. You can be forgiven for not knowing Vuforia. It’s not exactly a household name.
PTC’s Vuforia is a platform for developing computer vi… …read more