Former Los Angeles gangsters seeking to reenter the workforce are trading in their gang colors for a new hue: Green. By training to become photovoltaic (PV) panel installers, these ex-gang members are joining the Green Economy and capitalizing on the influx of government funds for renewable energy projects intended to stimulate business and strengthen the green technology sector of the US economy.
Homeboy Industries, a LA-based nonprofit that helps former criminals find employment is collaborating with the East Los Angeles Skills Center (ELASC) to funnel ex-cons into courses that teach design, construction, and installation of PV panels. According to the relevant ELASC online course description, this 100 hour class introduces solar electrical theory, PV safety, basic load analysis, system sizing, and components and hardware among other lessons.
According to a Homeboy Industries press release entitled, “A New Gang Comes to Los Angeles: Solar-Panel Installers,” many course graduates are already working, earning about $15 an hour with hourly wage prospects up to $30 an hour for experienced installers. One of the companies employing reformed gang members to install PV is LA-based Phat Energy, which constructs PV as well as solar hot water, solar pool heating, and solar ventilation installations for residential and commercial customers.
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The increased adoption of wireless technology for mission-critical applications has revved up the global market for dynamic electronic general purpose (GP) test equipment. As the link between cloud networks and devices -- smartphones, tablets, and notebooks -- results in more complex devices under test, the demand for radio frequency test equipment is starting to intensify.
Much of the research on lithium-ion batteries is focused on how to make the batteries charge more quickly and last longer than they currently do, work that would significantly improve the experience of mobile device users, as well EV and hybrid car drivers. Researchers in Singapore have come up with what seems like the best solution so far -- a battery that can recharge itself in mere minutes and has a potential lifespan of 20 years.
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
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