NHTSA wants to change its vehicle safety standards for lighting to reduce the problem of glare from some daytime running lamps (DRLs). The agency proposes a three-step approach. First, it would require that DRLs based on upper beam headlights be reduced in intensity by more than half in newly manufactured vehicles beginning one year after the final rule. A year later, lower beam DRLs on new vehicles would be limited to about half the currently-permitted intensity. Three years after that DRLs on all new autos would be limited to about one-quarter of the intensity of today's brightest DRLs. Phone NHTSA's Tim Hurd at (202) 366-9550.
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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