Several American industries are combining forces for a further assault on plans by the European Community to impose additional limits on harmonic emissions fed back into power lines. Earlier, U.S. delegations succeeded in obtaining a four-year moratorium on the limits, as well as an interim acceptance of a proposed U.S. revision to them. The Americans are using the interlude to gather more facts to support their claim that the proposed limits are overly stringent and will shut European markets for a vast range of electrical, electronic, and telecommunications products that meet U.S. and Canadian standards. The limits are part of the Electromagnetic Compatibility Standard of the International Electrotechnical Commission based in Geneva. The Electronics Industries Association (EIA), based in Washington, has formed a coalition of several large American trade associations. For details, e-mail Jean-Paul Emard, EIA's staff vice president for standards and technology, at email@example.com.
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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