The Internet has become a major tool of the worldwide standards community. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) now provides electronic access to nearly 250 of the most frequently requested ANSI and international standards. They are available via a link from ANSI's NSSN web site at http:www.nssn.org to the organization's Electronic Standards Store. If you are looking for sites regarding European standards, a good starting point is http:www.europa.eu.int. It is the European Commission's EUROPA site, containing millions of pages relating to the European Union. Also browse through the web site for the Council of the European Union at http:www. europa.eu.int/inst-en#council. It has a multilingual web server. For facts on ISO 14000, check out the Global Environment & Technology Foundation's site at http:www.iso14000.net.
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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