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.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
Neil Fromer is the executive director of the Resnick Institute, a program for energy and sustainability at the California Institute of Technology, working to develop new ideas and research technologies related to providing a sustainable future. He spoke to us about the severity of the current drought in California and how solar energy can help prevent such situations in the future.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.