Junkscience.com, the Fox News mouthpeice that disses global warming and the green movement, is at it again. It is sponsoring a contest that will pay $100,000 to anyone who can prove humans are causing global warming. Of course the Ultimate Global Warming Content (UGWC also stands for the United German Warhammer Clan, a gaming group) is a spoof and no one will ever make a cent from this. Junkscience.com also has The Greener Pledge whose adherents must swear to a list of promises to `help’ the green movement, which Junkscience.com routinely badmouths. Some of the pledges are sort of funny. They include:
– Opening soda cans more slowly to the reduce rate of CO2 emissions.
– Reduce CO2 emissions by doing as little exercise as possible, and
– Use more solar energy by taking longer beach vacations.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
Neil Fromer is the executive director of the Resnick Institute, a program for energy and sustainability at the California Institute of Technology, working to develop new ideas and research technologies related to providing a sustainable future. He spoke to us about the severity of the current drought in California and how solar energy can help prevent such situations in the future.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.