The Associated Press is reporting this afternoon that a special grand jury has been convened to investigate both the construction and design of Boston's Big Dig tunnels as part of a criminal probe in to the tunnel ceiling collapse that killed a local woman in July.
According to the article posted on Boston.com this afternoon, a spokesman for the Attorney General's office confirmed the grand jury began hearing evidence Tuesday. They are expected to hear testimony from construction workers, their supervisors and ceiling designers, among others.
It will certainly be interesting to see what comes out of these investigations, who may be held responsible, and what missteps led to this disaster which made headlines nation-wide.
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.