Matt Flego makes cool-looking stools that have a wooden seat atop an intricate maze of thick metal, instead of legs. If Flego could trim his manufacturing cost, he said, he could keep his price at a more consumer-friendly $185 each. To do that, though, he needs equipment that he can’t find: a small-scale, computer-adjustable machine that bends and cuts wire. Right now, to create the twisted-metal base, he sends the wire out to a larger manufacturer.
When art professor Thomas Brennan walks into Williams Hall, he can cast an upward glance at the building’s ornate terra cotta façade. “The Williams Science Hall” spelled out in an arc, a trio of medallions honoring eminent nineteenth-century men of science — naturalist Jean Louis Rodolphe Aggassiz, inventor Samuel F.B. ...
America’s population of senior citizens is growing, and with it, a reliance on canes, wheelchairs and scooters. The use of walking aids has increased by 50 percent in the past decade, according to a new study, and should continue to increase as the number of seniors is expected to double by 2050.