This’ll teach `em - a school desk where th estudents have to stand. Ergonomic work station maker Sunway Inc. has introduced the the AlphaBetter Student Desk which comes with a stool, but encourages the student to stand and move around. "Confining students to one position throughout the entire day day after day isn’t in the their best interest academically of physically," one former elementary school teacher is quoted as saying in the Sunway press release.
As an exceptionally squirmy and energetic child, I know what the teacher is talking about. Check out this novel design.
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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