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 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.
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.