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2014-06-18 23:04:06

The Fab Foundation aims to open 10 ‘Fab Labs’ around the U.S. by 2015 with support from the Chevron Corporation, as part of the energy industry leader's recently announced $30 million commitment and call-to-action to support STEM education and project-based learning methods.The announcement was made today during the first-ever White House Maker Faire. Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) June 18, 2014 The Fab Foundation today announced that it will open up to 10 fabrication laboratories (Fab...

'Swiss Army Knife' Of Robots Created
2012-12-03 20:18:21

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Massachusetts Institute of Technology claims its researchers have created the "Swiss army knife" of robots. The milli-motein robot is caterpillar-sized and reconfigurable, capable of becoming almost anything, according to MIT. Neil Gershenfeld, head of MIT´s Center for Bits and Atoms created the robot with the help of scientist Ara Knaian and postdoctoral associate Kenneth Cheung. “It´s effectively a...

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2010-04-18 10:00:00

By building a six-dimensional motion sensor from a tiny metal bead in a tiny hole, MIT researchers introduce a new class of microdevice. Miniature motion sensors are everywhere these days, detecting the orientation of cell phones, deploying air bags in cars and measuring stresses in buildings and mechanical systems. But manufacturing the sensors' tiny moving parts requires the same high-tech, billion-dollar facilities that churn out computer chips. Researchers at MIT's Center for Bits and...

2010-03-30 02:00:00

MANCHESTER, England, March 30, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The UK's first Fab Lab (http://www.fablabmanchester.org) has opened in Manchester - bringing innovation to the people - in a hi-tech community mini-factory. To view the Multimedia News Release, please click: http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/manufacturinginstitute/43206/ Fab Labs give everyone, from young children through to entrepreneurs and businesses, the capability to bring their ideas and inventions to life. The...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'