Daylight saving time may not cut energy usage, a new study says. According to an article published in The Wall Street Journal, two economics professors at the University of California-Santa Barbara used data from seven million monthly meter readings in Indiana to determine whether changing the clocks (which occurs on Sunday, March 9th) has an energy benefit. They found that having the entire state of Indiana switch to daylight saving time cost Indiana households an additional $8.6 million in electricity bills.
Could our view of distant galaxies be obstructed by a lawnmower? That unlikely question is at the heart of a growing debate between the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and a robot manufacturer that seeks to build self-guided lawnmowers.
Design News readers spoke loudly and clearly after our recent news story about a resurgence in manufacturing -- and manufacturing jobs. Commenters doubted the manufacturers, describing them as H-1B visa promoters, corporate crybabies, and clowns. They argued that US manufacturers aren’t willing to train workers, preferring instead to import cheap labor from abroad.
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
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