Last Christmas Eve, I extolled the virtues of my new Timex watch in my blog. Well, I am reversing that capricious sentiment. In a mere six months, the watch hands fall behind the digital read out. I thought it was cool that my watch had both analog and digital ways to tell time. Alas, the analog hands can’t keep the correct time. Within a span of 24 hours, they’ll fall 24 hours behind. Maybe, I should try a Casio next time.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
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