Not your father’s model aircraft: The drone storm arrives

Drones, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), to use the more technically favoured term, first hit the headlines as a military application, but commercial and consumer categories of ‘small drones’ have now come to prominence. Models targeted at consumers are now frequently seen on store shelves, and a significant ‘enthusiast’ following is now driving drone “first-person view” or FPV racing into sports media coverage. The website reports that drone races are coming to ESPN thanks to “unprecedented” popularity, and the 2016 US National Drone Racing Championships will be the first event streamed live.

China’s 13th Five-Year Plan: Ambitious goals in a pivotal era

In late October 2015, the Fifth Plenum of the Central Committee of China’s Communist Party provided a broad preview or “proposal” of what would be contained in the 13th Five-Year Plan (13FYP) for 2016-2020, which was presented in its final form at the People’s National Congress in March 2016.

Plastics Processing with Ultrasonics, Part II

This is the second part of a two-part article that takes a look at some recent developments in the use of ultrasonics in plastics processing, where the technology can provide tantalizingly precise and cost-effective alternatives to more traditional welding, trimming and sealing techniques.