LEDs are all the rage in lighting, but sometimes they don’t work very well. The Boston Globe reported today that PBS station WGBH’s "electronic mural" that entertains commuters on the Massachusetts Turnpike is being switched off until cooler weather in September. Apparently, the LEDs go dark when they get too warm. The mural displays photos of WGBH’s TV shows and was turned on last November as part of the station’s new $85 million headquarters.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
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