A splendidly insightful editorial in the Battleboro, Vt. Reformer newspaper offers a dismal assessment of railroad passenger service in the U.S. — a subject that high on the lists of both presidential candidates (John McCain has never been a good friend of Amtrak’s). The editorial decries that fact that the trains are slower and less frequent compared to the 1938 schedule even through railroad technology has dramatically improved. We’ve gutted Amtrak for years and now we need expanded rail service more than ever.
The Industrial Internet of Things may be going off the deep end in connecting everything on the plant floor. Some machines, bearings, or conveyors simply donít need to be monitored -- even if they can be.
Wind turbines already are imposing structures that stretch high into the sky, but an engineering graduate student at the University of Notre Dame wants to make them even taller to reduce energy costs and improve efficiency.
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